I’m a huge fan of reading and have been every since I was a little boy. I am now 23 years old and my passion for reading is still as strong as ever, however I seem to have adopted an incredibly bad habit – I tend to procrastinate quite often, which leads me to only read at night when I’m laying in bed, by which point I can only manage a few pages before I arrive at the Land of Nod. Therefore, it takes me an extraordinary amount of time to finish a book once I get started. Another problem is that with most books, I tend to read up until 80% of the way through, and then I just stop that book altogether and begin reading another book without ever finishing the first story.
However, just recently I have been determined to get out of this vicious circle (reading a book, then never finishing it). I began reading one book, Gomorrah, and after about 50 pages or so I couldn’t get into it, so I switched to Let The Right One In – this is a truly wonderful story. I am 113 pages into it, and I bring it everywhere with me, even though it’s a large hardback which has some weight behind it!
I have realised that in order to successfully read a book every month, I need to find something that interests me as I do not have a very good attention span and tend to get bored rather easily. That is why I would suggest to anybody else attempting to complete this task that they too should read a book which interests them, and not force themselves to read something if they find it about as boring as watching your washing dry.
Even if a book looks interesting when you buy it, and it turns out to be very boring when you begin reading, just stop reading it and choose something that catches your attention better. If anything, reading a book that you are not enjoying will only discourage you and even if you finish it, it will not inspire you to begin another so soon because you may subconsciously compare reading a book with being bored and having no fun, etc.
Put simply, if you don’t enjoy what you’re reading after the first chapter or 50 pages, or whatever then stop and save yourself the agonizing task of having flick through page after page of uninteresting rubbish; buy yourself another book that you like the look of or go to the library, or borrow one from a friend, and if after the first 15 minutes of reading you find yourself wanting to read more, then this may almost certainly be the book to help you to accomplish your goal.
I stopped reading my first book (Gomorrah) after 50 pages/1-2 months, and since switching to my current book (Let The Right One In), I am, as previously mentioned, 113 pages into it, and I’ve only been reading it for a couple of weeks.
I believe that this is what will help people succeed – read something that interests you!
Good luck to all of you fellow readers out there!