Many people will tell you that they haven’t picked up a book since school.
The curriculum requires kids to read heavy classics, and usually Shakespeare, too. For obvious reasons, these aren’t to everyone’s tastes. These one-off experiences can be enough to put you off for life. But, you shouldn’t let them.
Coming to reading later in life can be hugely rewarding. It’s the perfect way to fill your time. And, who doesn’t like to return to learning during their later years?
One thing’s for sure; books have plenty to teach. To kick start a love you can cling to, find your bookish niche.
But, how do you go about it?
For natural readers, the discovery of what they love comes about by trial and error. Chances are, they’ll devour every book they come across when they’re young. And, through that process, they find which reads suit. But, for reluctant readers, this trial and error process seems like hard work. The good news is, there are other ways to find books you love. All you need is a little perseverance.
Think about it; you wouldn’t give up on films because you watched one you didn’t enjoy. Books are no different. Stick with it and you’re sure to find one that strikes a chord.
A fantastic way to start the search is to consider your tastes in general. As you haven’t read much, it’s no good getting into the nitty gritty. Consider, instead, what you like in other aspects of life. Think about which films and television programs you enjoy. Finding your chosen genre is as easy as that.
Once you have a rough idea of what to look for, you can get stuck into the bookish subgenres. The good news is, there’s something for everyone. There are so many books, and you can guarantee you’ll enjoy some of them. Once you start exploring, you’ll stumble across all the oddities in the book world. And, these are often a good starting point. Opt for something specialized, like zombie apocalypse fiction, or vampire novels. You can get as close to your tastes as you fancy. For example, do you like more fright, less horror? Read these 10 dark fantasy books and see if any of them suit. You can find guides like these for most tastes, so don’t be afraid to explore a little.
The more you try, the better chance you have of finding something that suits. But, how do you do that without breaking the bank? Chances are, you’re going to start and stop a few different books during your experimentation. Spending full whack on them can seem like a waste. Instead, it’s worth reading an extract if possible. That way, you can get a quick fire of idea of whether it’s the book for you. If an extract of your choice isn’t available, it’s worth heading to the library to see if they have a copy. That way, you won’t spend a penny. All the better for trying more options!
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