Developing the Good Habit of Reading

I’ve talked a lot about what you, as a parent, teacher, leader and caregiver, can do to encourage children to read. But I wanted to ask today, how many adults read on a daily basis? You might be saying ‘Yes, Of course I read everyday! I read the Quran!” But aside from the Quran what else do you read?

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We’ve all heard the phrase ‘bad habits die-hard,’ Well, I think it is fair to say that in contrast, good habits are many times quite difficult to develop. When it comes to making reading a good habit, it’s like exercising daily, many people find it difficult making it part of their everyday life. But reading everyday is a good habit we should all strive to develop. Without going into a long explanation I thought I’d just give you 12 quick ways you can start to develop a good habit of reading.

12 Ways to Develop the Reading Habit

  1. Keeping printed materials visible in your home will make it more likely for you to pick up a book and read.*
  2. Join the library in your neighbourhood; use your library card to borrow books, magazines, audio books etc.
  3. Download ebooks on your mobile phone, e-reader or laptop. It’s quick and there’s no waiting. Easy to read on your commute, while waiting or in bed.
  4. Subscribe to a magazine. There are as many magazines as there are hobbies/interests.
  5. Enter reading and writing competitions.
  6. Join a reading/book club or start your own.
  7. Cook a dish based on a book you’ve read recently.
  8. Read Aloud to someone or just to yourself.
  9. Buy books at garage sales, thrift stores and conferences.
  10. Play games that involve words e.g. Scrabble, Upwords or Boggle.
  11. Play a sport based on a story or watch a movie based on a book.
  12. Visit a bookstore to shop or just to browse.


* Bookshelves are great for storing books, but you can have books on coffee tables, bedside tables, kitchen counter and computer desk. And remember it’s not only books you can read but magazines, comics, etc.

What about you? How do you incorporate reading into your everyday life?

4 thoughts on “Developing the Good Habit of Reading

  1. Asalaamu Alaikum I think I’ve done or do all of these. For me reading is like breathing so I find it odd when people don’t read at all. But some people would rather learn by listening so there are books on tape and that is good too.

    • Wa’alaykum Assalam Aishah….

      I like when you said “For me reading is like breathing …” This is true for many people so much so that it is a natural part of everyday life.

      Audio books are good for when you’re on the go (travelling long distances or daily commute). You can get them free from your local library and I guess they’re cheaper than buying an e-reader.

  2. As salaamu alaykum,

    A great reminder yet many Muslims do not take heed. That’s the reality of our times. Many Muslim parents want their kids to succeed in life and excel in school yet they themselves do not read.

    Yes, I agree with the sister who said reading to her, is like breathing. As for me, it’s like eating and drinking. We all cannot survive without eating and drinking. Hence, I cannot do without reading. And my kids have followed my footsteps, alhamdulilaah. I have to be surrounded by books, magazines, pieces of papers, or just read article like the one Sister Saara has written above. Reading is a delightful hobby, it nourishes you and keeps you abreast of world affairs. It’s your sole companion in the middle of the night and your friend at the dawn of the twilight.

    Really, when it comes to reading, Muslims are on the decline. Now, I need to be specific. Our sisters,especially, mothers, should get into the habit of reading. Sadly, many sisters have told me that they do not read because they are so busy. From running errands to dropping the kids at school, etc etc, etc, they just cannot sit down for a good read. Still, I cannot comprehend. I just do not get it.

    It also boils down to one’s family background. Reading was something like a ritual when I was growing up. So, if one came from a background that did not see reading as something good or beneficial, then one can hardly see any benefits when one grows up.

    The best approach is to work on our younger generations as their hearts are still innocent and soft, and not rigid as ours. It’s so difficult to convince a sister to buy a magazine for Muslim women which is $10 and below. Yet this same sister will have so much money to buy an abaya for $120. I guess it’s about misplacement of priorities.

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