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?
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
- Keeping printed materials visible in your home will make it more likely for you to pick up a book and read.*
- Join the library in your neighbourhood; use your library card to borrow books, magazines, audio books etc.
- 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.
- Subscribe to a magazine. There are as many magazines as there are hobbies/interests.
- Enter reading and writing competitions.
- Join a reading/book club or start your own.
- Cook a dish based on a book you’ve read recently.
- Read Aloud to someone or just to yourself.
- Buy books at garage sales, thrift stores and conferences.
- Play games that involve words e.g. Scrabble, Upwords or Boggle.
- Play a sport based on a story or watch a movie based on a book.
- 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?