Reading for Fun

By the end of my stay at UCF, I was nearing burnout. I’d read so much and for so long that my mind was numb, and reading was the last thing I wanted to do. This lasted for a few months, until I discovered e-readers. The Christmas prior to my move to Seattle yielded me an e-reader. I downloaded a book that I had heard good things about, and from there, my addiction was reborn. Not only could I read, but I could educate myself by highlighting words I was unsure of and learning their definitions. Yeah, I know I’m a nerd.

The point is, reading has become fun again. I recently bought a newer version of my e-reader, and it is not unheard of for me to take a break from reading in order to research additional details on the Internet. For example, I’m reading “A Tale of Two Cities” right now, and I’ve found myself wandering onto the Internet in order to research details about the period in which it is written. I also learned some interesting details about horsehair. None of this would have been possible if I had not taken up reading again. Now that reading is fun again, here are some tips for keeping it that way.

Read for Passion

Why not make it a habit to only read things that ignite a fire within? This way, you are far more likely to find what you are reading interesting, and thus less of a chore. Additionally, you will undoubtedly find your horizons broaden the more you read, which will add more passions to your life.

Read on Long Trips

When I was moving to Seattle, I downloaded several classics and one book about meditation. The movers were doing all the work and the driving, so I had plenty of time to enjoy my readings. Once I got to my destination and started worrying about how to get everything moved in, the book on meditation came in handy, too.

Read to Children (Yours or Someone Else’s)

If you are around children for any period of time, take a few minutes to read to them. This will not only teach them the value of reading, but it will remind you of the joy that you felt when being read to as a child. Furthermore, reading to others helps you to better appreciate and understand what you’re reading, which will deepen your reading experience.

Always Have a Book with You

Reading time sneaks up without warning. You might have a long wait at the doctor’s office. It might be slow at your job. You could be tossing and turning at night with no relief in sight. With e-books available on mobile devices and other electronics such as iPads, you can access reading material in seconds; and with a growing number of free e-books available, you will never have to worry about having a shortage of good reading material.

Join Groups

All activities are more enjoyable when they are shared with other people. When I first moved to Seattle, I joined a book group so that I could meet new people and share common stories and interests. You can exchange thoughts and opinions, gossip about things that happened in the book and have fun discussions about opposing ideas.

Whether you choose to use an e-reader, or go the more traditional, paper-bound route, one thing is for sure: reading benefits you. It doesn’t have to be a chore, nor should it be tedious. Allow reading to introduce a little fun back into your life. You’ll be glad you did.

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