Books mean different things to different readers. From a companion, confidant, knowledge hub, resource bank, source of information to a fun house, a book is many things.
One of my cousins, Abraham Tobiloba is an avid reader. He read sixty books last year. He reads both non-fictional and fictional books, but more of the former. While conversing with him, I learnt some vital lessons from him.
As a reader, regardless of what books mean to you, you cannot go wrong with these important points.
RELEVANCE: Readers must learn to picture the relevance of the books to them. Relate it to your life. Ask questions: how will this book affect me? What impact will it make in my life? Will it improve my vocabulary bank or broaden my horizon? What lessons can I garner from this book? Will it help me in terms of philosophy, academics, information, spirituality and faith, marriage, relationship, psychology (mentally and emotionally), and knowledge among others?
INTEREST: To overcome boredom, my cousin picks up books that interest him. He reads books that answer his questions and teaches him something new. According to him, “Once I pick up a book that interests me and promises to answer my questions, the book can never be boring.”
DRIVE: In the words of Tobiloba, “The drive to know more pushes me to read no matter the volume of the book.” Something should motivate you to read. It may be for fun, leisure or to know more. Whatever it is, identify it and let it be enough motivation for you to read and finish that book.
DECISION: Decide to create time for reading. No matter how insufficient twenty-four hours might seem, you can dedicate a few minutes to books. But you can’t devote time to reading if you fail to prepare your mind. Know why you want to read and be deliberate about it.
DISCIPLINE: After you have made the decision, be disciplined. You may have to sacrifice a few minutes’ sleep, hunger or even fun. Cut down on irrelevant activities.
PROJECT INTO THE DAY: Deliberately include reading in your plans. Before you sleep, picture how the next day would go. I am aware that some unexpected events may occur, but try to include reading in the mental picture you have created. For instance, you may see yourself reading for ten minutes during lunch break. Or you may see yourself reading while in the traffic. Once you have done this, write out your plans for the day, and fix reading into your plans.
AT LEAST, ONE CHAPTER PER DAY: Choose to read at least a chapter per day. (If you can read more, good!) However, in cases of unforeseen circumstances, you must read two chapters the following day. You can see this as a form of sanction. Usually, the thought of reading two chapters or more will encourage you to never miss a day.
FINALLY, read what you want to read. Whether you see books as a world of possibilities, a healing balm or an escape route from life’s problems, you have the option of reading what you are comfortable with.
© Abimbola Abatta
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Abimbola F. Abatta will forever be grateful to the school of life. Life has taught her so many lessons through her everyday experiences. She writes, teaches, edits, proofreads, and inspires. As a lifetime scholar, she is devoted to learning from life’s experiences and sharing the lessons with the world. She is passionate about inscribing impact, influence, and inspiration through words. You can follow her on Facebook.