Reading has been my hobby since childhood. Although I wouldn’t recommend that you read unless you are really interested, find here a few tips from my end.
People mostly suggest speed-reading or summary reading. I won’t. I hardly follow them myself. 🙂
Compromise. Yes, we have limited time on earth and we have to accept it. We will have to compromise on certain things, to do the things we love. There is no escape. If you wish to read more books, you will have to let go of some other time-consuming habit (for me, it is TV).
Pick books which interest you. Don’t pick up a self-help book if you are interested in history, just because somebody recommended it. And pick thinner books initially. It is fine.
Take quick decisions. This is the probably the best thing you can do. Pick up a book. Try reading the first few chapters. Boring? Take a break of a few days or so. Try again. Still boring? Leave the book. You don’t need to read it. There are millions of books in the world and not enough time. If you let 1 book become a bottleneck in your habit of reading, that doesn’t really make sense.
Share, contemplate, implement. The true value of a book comes out when you do either of the following things. Share what you felt or learnt with others. Contemplate on the message of the book. Implement the lessons learnt. You will want to read more then.
Keep a track. When I was in school, my father gave me a notebook to keep a track of all books I was reading. I did it for a few months and then lost interest. But last year, I started keeping track (now I do it via this blog). And this has really proved to be useful. You will have to try it yourself to find the benefits.
Reading is not just a good habit to develop. It is not an item to be ticked off your to-do list. It is not something you do to show everyone that you are cool and updated. It is much much more. Whenever you read, you enter into an another world. Books act as doors and windows to new ideas, new thoughts, new points of view. See them like that and you will find joy.
And if none of these work out, follow my golden tip – chuck this habit and go watch some Bollywood movies. They probably teach us more than all the books put together. 🙂