Reading Tips

14 Aug

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Reading Tips:

Is there such a thing? Probably not. But that doesn’t stop me from writing about it. As an avid reader myself, there is an endless TBR pile sitting on my bookshelf, my nightstand, my desk, and…pretty much everywhere, really. But that doesn’t stop me from adding to it for various reasons, and many of those reasons include the top three lessons I learned, which I’ve turned into “tips” for today’s post. Enjoy!

1. Keep an Open Mind

This means picking up that book your friend INSISTED you read, even though it sounds horribly dry and lacking in the entertainment department. If I hadn’t taken suggestions, I would’ve never found The Mortal Instruments (still one of my favorite YA fantasies despite the major movie fail) or The Art of Racing in the Rain (yes, a book told from a racer’s dog is serious…and you will cry. Trust me.)

2. Try something new

Instead of walking to the same bookshelves in the same bookstore you go to every Friday night and Wednesday afternoon, try a new shelf. Walk without reading the genre titles. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, force yourself not to even look at the book covers. Just walk until you stop. Try not to run into anyone. And find a book in a section you would’ve never tried before. Who knows? You might find out you like poetry, too.

3. Try something old

Remember how much you hated The Great Gatsby in high school? It might not hurt to try reading it again. You might hate it again. I did. (I know. I know. The horror!) But I did end up loving other books, particularly The Scarlet Letter, and it never hurts to re-read 1984.

Silhouette from bookforfun.com

Silhouette from bookforfun.com

And finally: Just Read

The more you read, the more you’ll want to read, and the more you’ll realize that it is IMPOSSIBLE to read everything (a true tragedy.) But you will find literature you love, stories you hate, and words that string together so beautifully you felt like you just stared at a painting instead of black and white text.

Do you have any reading lessons or tips for book lovers? Add them to the comments below!

~SAT

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8 Responses to “Reading Tips”

  1. andrewknighton August 14, 2014 at 6:10 am #

    My tipu would be to think about what you feel. After all, emotions are a big part of our reaction to culture, but we often don’t reflect on how or why a book moves us.

  2. Mishka Jenkins August 14, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    I think trying something and trying something old are great tips! It’s sometimes a nice surprise to find something you love in a genre you don’t normally choose 🙂

    • Shannon A Thompson August 14, 2014 at 11:33 am #

      Very true! I don’t normally read books that focus on animals. (I love animals, but they are too sad for me most of the time.) But The Art of Racing in the Rain was sad and fascinating, so I ended up reading it in one sitting.
      ~SAT

  3. debyfredericks August 14, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Good advice. We can all get very set in our ways and “know” we don’t like a certain book before we’ve tried it.

  4. theowllady August 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

  5. Amy Schmid August 15, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    I love the mortal instruments, too! I was in a book store the other day and started looking at different sections. It’s great to find new stories I’d never otherwise see if I stayed with my tried and true genres.

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