(This is a guest post I wrote for my cousin’s blog, zacharypierpont.com)
Reading is hip these days. I think that’s good. So if you’re someone who wishes they read more, this guide is for you.
step one: find a book
The obvious first step is to find a book to read and start reading it! Here are a few random books from several different genres that can get you reading:
- The Magician’s Nephew by CS Lewis (mind-bending page-turner)
- A Biography of George Müller (really any one you can find, but the autobiography is super neat)
- The Reason for God by Timothy Keller (super interesting)
- Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery (hilarious, especially at the beginning)
- White Fang by Jack London (I read this a long time ago and really got into it)
step two: read
Yup. If you want to be a reader, then… read. Turn off the TV, sit a book in front of you while you eat (if you’re eating alone… of course), read in the car (if someone else is driving), and take relaxing times before bed to read. The more you read, the more your mind will subconsciously lead you to read. So get out there and read a book!
I am the master of talking about reading at least 3x more than actually reading. -Levi Pierpont
step three: log and continue
When you finish reading a book; log the date, what you liked about it, and such. You can use an app or just simple note cards or a Google Doc. Logging books is really rewarding, because when you look back on that log, it motivates you to read more. And thus starts the circle. You can also look back on your logs and tell future generations of children about your grand literary adventures.
And now… Continue. Learn what you like, read what you don’t like now and then. Get into a reading habit. You will never wish you had watched more TV. (But a little TV is great, like a few shows that you don’t donate too much time to. On second thought, maybe just keep watching TV but stay up later and read. Next post is on getting enough sleep.)