I didn’t like reading, and I doubt I do now, however I have the habit of reading, and I mean a lot. I hope this piece shows you how to cultivate the habit of reading too…
My habit of always grabbing a book or two and digesting its entire content as fast as possible started on the last day of December 2016 to the first day of January 2017, I never really enjoyed reading, I always did most, if not all of my reading in preparation for an examination, although I did quite well in secondary school I never really enjoyed reading
HOW I GOT ADDICTED TO READING
It was on the new year eve, I had just successfully downloaded the audiobook the science of getting rich from Librivox.com, I had always desired financial freedom and I also had a strong respect and likeness for science, so it was the perfect book for my kind of person (at least that’s what the title suggested), I played the audiobook from 2016-2017, I laid down, relaxed and listened as the reader gently read out the content of the book
The knowledge from the book flowed like a river, gently and steadily the words carved out the idea of the author in my heart, I could picture the author talking to me, it was satisfactory.
In the silence as I lay on the bed on that January morning, I thought deeply upon what the author said, the author dished out his experiences to me, all his errors and secrets. I was the one picking the words from the book, they weren’t forced on me, I was the one craving for what he had to say, it was like when a hen finds corn seeds scattered on the floor, I kept on picking one new idea after the other.
I later went on to download extra audiobooks like the colors of space and Venus in furs, I greatly enjoyed them both. The amazing thing about those books was that, although they were just books, I could remember the characters as though I witnessed the events myself.
In the book the colors of space I could picture myself in the alien spaceship traveling the nebula, visiting strange planets and meeting strange creatures, while in the book Venus in furs I could see myself as a young man who fell madly in love with a lady, I could see myself in her arms, I could picture the kisses and even the pain, tears and blood. it was delightful completing both books
The pattern continued, coming across books rich in wisdom and experiences, gradually I managed to change my personality, my believe, my manners, my vision and so on…
I can’t recall how many books I’ve read from then, but it has been a lot, as time went by and my appetite increased I switched to reading the texts in the books myself, the voice of the reader was affecting my perception of the story, so I switched to reading quietly in my mind( where all the voices could be echoed soundly ).
I could hear the voices of grown men, the slurry speech of drunk boys, the high pitched voices of beautiful ladies, and the melodious voices of singers, I had an entire galaxy in my head, I could create and destroy in my own unlimited universe where humans could fly and everything was possible, where I could visit the future or return to the past
THE SECRET TO READING MORE AND ENJOYING IT
The secret to reading is having a hunger, a thirst for knowledge
Once you satisfy one of your ignorance with knowledge, you would seek to satisfy even another ignorance
Learning is so crucial for survival, unfortunately, books are like drugs, the people who need them most never really desire them
Like I said I don’t really like reading, I just like its result/effect, reading is just the pain I go through
“whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.”Euripides
This isn’t just about fairy tales as eye-opening and life-changing ideas can be gotten from books.
You get to live the life of a thousand people, seeing things from the lenses of their own eyes, if this doesn’t teach you how to live better, I doubt any other thing would…
…I think this is enough, because if you’ve read this far, surely opening a new book shouldn’t be much of a challenge to you.
My advice is, if you aren’t enjoying the book, then dump it. Read what you enjoy reading, and when you develop the habit, you would find it easier to struggle through the more difficult books…
In fact, you can start by reading my book, click Here to download, or head over to the download section of this Website
I’m David, an artist, writer, blogger, thinker, entrepreneur. I am still learning and I’m getting better. I’m the PAWN