My little sister isn’t the biggest fan of reading. She groans when she has to get to her chosen reading book to get in her hours for school, and procrastinates for as long as she can. It’s not that she cant read. She just doesn’t want to. Reading can be a struggle for some people, whether it be for lack of want or lack of capability. If this applies to you, here are some tips to help you find your grove.
The most common of which would be audiobooks. Sometimes it can be helpful to listen to the words while reading them on the page – this can be especially useful if you’re someone who learns through listening as opposed to simply sitting still and reading. The person who is reading the book can also be a huge motivator. For example, I’m currently listening to High Rise by J.G. Ballard which is being read by Tom Hiddleston (aka Loki) who is definitely responsible for me picking the book up (or uh, downloading it).
This can be a little bit controversial in the world of book lovers, but having words visualised can make reading all the more enjoyable. Not only do you know a great deal of what is going to happen, but if you’re someone who has trouble picturing character’s faces – then you don’t need to do that anymore. This has recently happened to me in the case of Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy which is also a tv show (that was ruined by the third season). I believe that having the characters already in my head has caused a pre-formed relationship with them. I already love them, and therefore am going into the book with uh, joy.
Things are always better when done with people that you like (except the hunger games, but we’ll leave Katniss & Peter out of this). Why not gather up a couple and read the same book together? Even if the book is complete and utter sh*t, you can still have a brilliant time trashing it. After all, what are friends for if not to silently judge terrible things together? Oh, and moral support I guess. This technique was definitely helpful to me in my English lit class when we were reading After the Quake by Murakami. It wasn’t terrible, just a little odd. My friend and I had found a scene in which: the main characters mopes about how his dick was too big for any girl to love him, quite amusing.
What are your tips on reading when you really can’t deal with it? Have you ever utilised any of my ideas?