But today, I will show the tricks that make reading a pleasure and one you'll be willing to spend and skip meals to enjoy.
And here they are:
- Don't give yourself a target. Nothing turns play to work faster than a target. Targets kill the fun in any activity. Ask a banker, if you doubt me.
- Read only the books you want to read. And this is my biggest trick. I made sure I didn't bring home any of my University books after graduating. I gave them away and burnt the ones I couldn't give away. I was sick of reading books I didn't enjoy. Books that gave me headaches. And it's one of the two reasons I don't want to do a masters. Now I read only what I want to read, and the pages in it that I want to read.
- Life is not about certifications alone. I know people who wouldn't read a book if it's not going to help them get a certification. Some of the books I have learned the most from were certification textbooks, and I bought and read them without the slightest intention of doing the certification exams. The true joy of reading a book is in reading the book for it's sake, and not because you have to memorize it's content for some exam.
- Start small. My love for books started as a child. It took me, maybe, more than 2 years to read my first Shakespeare. And I went on to read several after. I don't read to comprehend everything in the book. I read all books like novels. I don't mark them or go back to previous pages. I read from cover to cover, including foreword and dedication. If I enjoyed the book, I read it again.
- Read whenever you can. I don't have special times for reading. I read every time I have the opportunity. On most days, I read for more hours than I sleep.
- Make reading fun. I sometimes give myself a treat just so I'll be in a great mood to read. I read in the most comfortable posture I can form, even if it makes me doze off after every 3 pages. In fact, those are the kind of sleep I like best: a sleep that is induced by reading. I don't fight it. It is worth paying for.