I hated reading as a kid. In fact, I still hate reading today. Reading distracts me from doing more important activities. Activities such as exercising, exploring, creating art, etc.
But to love books you don't have to enjoy reading. Books are like friends who give you advice when you need it. They're like movies which entertain you when you're bored. Books are a collection of someone else's thoughts.
So, how do you fall in love with a book without reading it from cover to cover? - Here's how:
Go to the library. Grab a random book. Open it to a random page. Read a random sentence. If it interests you, you’ll keep reading, at least until you get bored.
There’s millions of books out there. Many which you will find utterly boring.
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” - Francis Bacon
Here’s the first book which hooked me:
But not all good books will entertain you. Some books are written by scholars, imagine getting a lecture by an astrophysicist. Sure, it's interesting, but once you get into the meaty topics, it's hard to keep up.
For these books - Insightful, yet boring. - I use a technique which I call active reading. It basically means taking notes or highlighting while you read or skim the material. Anything you find interesting or relatable, you highlight. If you find a word that you don’t know, even if you’ll never look it up, still highlight it. Reading becomes more of a scavenger hunt for interesting phrases or words, rather than a chore.
I hope this inspires you to grab a book and read. If you are interested in reading books which may also improve your life, here's a list with over 500 books: PositiveLibrary.org
“Books don't change people; paragraphs do, Sometimes even sentences.”
- John Piper
Keep reading my friends.