Do you sometimes wish you could read more books or at least inculcate a reading habit? You really should. It is said books are a man’s best friend and rightly so. Reading is such a fulfilling activity you will never feel alone. Books literally can become your best friends. It is one of the best healthy habits you can develop and get addicted to for life. Research says that we should read at least over 20 books per year. So in this post see how to develop a reading habit and top 7 books for beginners.
How To Develop A Reading Habit?
When you are a beginner it may take sometime to develop a reading habit. But if you want to read books I suggest you reading some books of every genre, thriller, romance, fantasy, biographies, this way it will be easier for you to understand what you really like reading. Also there are people who have no patience with reading and find it not as appealing as an activity. Thankfully these days most books come with the audio format so in case, you don’t want to read the paperback version just listen to the audio bit in e-book readers like Kindle. Audio books are a good way to practice active listening as well as relax your body.
Why you should Develop a Reading Habit?
Improves concentration: Reading books is good for mindfulness and concentration. If you struggle with attention span and find yourself multitasking excessively then begin reading as a hobby. Try to incorporate just 20 minutes of reading time into your daily schedule and you will concentrate better on your work. Carry a book everyday and read it while commuting to your office, college or school.
Books increase creativity: Reading books expands your knowledge horizons. It makes more aware of new things. But apart from gaining knowledge, it improves your creativity also. You will be surprised by the way you think. Books help you with forming new ideas, developing new approaches and concepts. Most successful entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban, Sir Richard Branson and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos read regularly.
Reduce stress: Books provide with an escape from the daily stress and grind. When you read for a few minutes each day it relaxes as well as diverts the mind from any tension in your life. It is the best stress reduction activity anyone can practice.
Strengthens vocabulary: Want to learn a bunch of new words each day then start reading? Books help in improving your vocabulary, speaking and writing skills. It helps with the confidence building and makes one more articulate. Besides who doesn’t like a well-read person?
Top 7 Books For Beginners to Read
It’s never too late to develop a reading habit so if you want to start reading books here are 7 top picks for beginners.
The Alchemist: Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is a perfect book for beginners. This story is more of a fable which attempts to explore some life philosophies in simplistic manner. The story is about Santiago, a poor shepherd boy, who has a recurring dream which is later interpreted as a great treasure in the pyramids. Santiago leaves his home to find the treasure and during his travels he encounters a number of people, has some good and difficult experiences, falls in love with a beautiful woman. Whether he finds the treasure or he discovers something more fulfilling along the way is what the book is about.
As a beginner this book will keep you engrossed and it is fairly a fast read. This book has a lot of metaphors for life in general and follows the theme of following one’s dreams. The Alchemist has sold over 20 million copies in English language alone and has been translated in atleast 80 languages.
The Harry Potter Series: JK Rowling’s The Harry Potter series was perhaps one of the first book series that changed the narrative of young adult fiction and fantasy genre. The hugely popular series literally transports you to the magical world of Hogwarts along with Harry and his friends. The characters in book are so relatable you will carry each of them even long after you are done with the series. You will root for Harry and other lovable characters as they fight his arch-nemesis a terrible wizard named Voldamort.
The series is humorous at times poignant during others and will keep you hooked till end but leave you sad only because it ended. The series is also noted for boosting a reading habit in young children and so far it has sold over 500 million copies (Wow!). It deserves a place in your collection.
To Kill a Mocking Bird: Harper Lee’s social drama To Kill a Mocking Bird is as popular among bibliophiles as it was 59 years ago when published. Set in the southern state of Alabama the book has warm simplicity, humour and yet paints a powerful portrait of social issues like racism and intolerance prevalent then.
The principal character of Atticus Finch, is an upright lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape by a white women. The book was very impactful in its message of standing up for all that is fair, just and honourable. With Lee’s brilliant writing this book is experience in itself.
The Diary of a Young Girl: If you are interested in reading biographies and memoirs, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is a good place to begin. The heart-breaking book is collection of diary entries written by a young 13-year old Jewish girl Anne Frank, who along with her family was forced to hide for two years underground in Amsterdam during the Holocaust.
The book is one of the timeless pieces of literature and it depicts a terrible time in history and humanity. The candid entries take you through the mind of a 13-year old girl who was wise beyond years and still the feisty teenager; who yearned to live and was hopeful of a better future, which unfortunately she could not live to experience.
Pride and Prejudice: If you are a die-hard romantic Pride and Prejudice is a must read. Jane Austen writings are often critical observations of the upper class British society during the 18th century. Laced with sarcastic wit, humor and some very iconic characters, the book narrates the story of opinionated Elizabeth Bennet and haughty Mr Darcy and their numerous encounters marked by a mutual disdain. This classic novel is has inspired many film adaptations and literature of similar fashion.
How To Win Friends and Influence People: If you need some help in the self-improvement department you can began reading Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends and Influence People. The book is still remains one of the most popular self-development books even after 83 years of its publication. The book has some very simple yet effective and practical suggestions on how to make an impression on people. Carnegie emphasizes on the importance of smiling, remembering people’s names, avoiding criticism and praising people among other techniques.
The Kite Runner: Set in the 70’s this beautiful book is a story of a young boy named Amir and his friend Hassan, who grew up in Kabul. The Kite Runner also captures the mess Afghanistan find itself after its monarchy was replaced by the much stricter Taliban regime, the devastating effect of Soviet war that led to the exodus of so many Afghani nationals. The story also touches upon the beauty of Afghan landscape and its society in the pre-Taliban era. As a beginner this will enjoy the insights this book provides to the 70’s Afghanistan.
These are some of the most popular ageless literature you can include in your reading routine if you are a complete newbie. Reading as an activity is an extremely effective method to give your mind that sharp edge. It improves your memory and your analytical skills. I would love to know what are you reading currently? Or in case, you have any other suggestions for beginners? Always happy to know to know your thoughts!