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HOW TO READ BOOKS WHEN YOU HATE READING BOOKS

I hate reading books but I want to

Reading is crucial for our growth! I’m a student so reading is inevitable. But I’m not referring to reading school books 🤣.

Opeoluwa, here is a book for you to read for the week” – “By the end of the week, you are to summarize what you learnt from it”.

These were my mum’s constant words to me as a teenager. She always made those statements in Yoruba ( if you are Yoruba, you can imagine how serious it sounded).

Growing up, I never liked reading books. Picking up a book to read for me was like a chore and even when I read one I never completed it.

My mum played her part to ensure that I imbibe a reading habit. She even bought all the books a teenage girl should read. I remember we bought newspapers every Sunday. Just so that I could read the articles written in them. Ahhh, she tried ooo

After struggling with reading books for a long time, I’ve finally picked up an interest in reading books outside my school books. My reading journey started properly in 2019, and I’d be sharing a few tips that have helped me read more in the past two years.

Reading makes us knowledgeable, everything we pick from a book we read is a piece of new information, and you never know when it can prove to be useful.

However, some people think that reading books is not worth it. I used to be of that school of thought, but not anymore. I’m a retired non-book lover.

I have set a reading goal for myself this year and I’m certain many people have set the same goal too. But, how do you achieve your reading goals especially when you hate reading books.

Relax, I got you covered. All these are practical tips that have helped me.

What to do if you hate reading books

5 TIPS FOR READING BOOKS ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU STRUGGLE WITH IT

. START READING AND START SMALL

My first tip is to read! You have to start reading 🤣. Have a book for the month and read it daily. Even if it is just a single page. Be reminded, you are just starting. From reading a page daily, you can then move to read a chapter daily!

. READING-BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS

We all have that one friend who is a book junkie. Call them up and ask them to recommend a book to you. Picking up a book randomly for someone who is just starting to read doesn’t sound like a good idea. In my case, if I pick up a random book, I eventually drop it. So what I do is, I call up a friend and tell her to recommend a book to me. I often tell her that I want a very interesting book.

In addition, read on topics you enjoy. Reading what we enjoy makes a huge difference

. READING BOOKS BASED ON YOUR CURRENT SEASON

We all have something we want to triumph out of, get books related to that subject matter.

Reading on topics related to a season you are at is a game-changer. Especially, when you need answers. If you are in a season of financial issues, read on finances. If you are planning to start a business or up your business game, read business-related books. Most of the season we are at currently, many other people have gone through it. And they were able to put in words for people to read, learn and get answers.


I read a book by Priscilla Shirer when I was starting a relationship with God. At the time, the subject of God speaking to us was strange to me. I read the book “Discerning God’s voice by Priscilla Shirer” and I completed it in less than 4days! because I needed answers.

. LISTEN TO AUDIOBOOKS

This tip is to someone saying, but I don’t have the time to read. Audiobooks are your best friend!

Audiobooks are very good if you find it difficult to read a book. People struggle to read and they do not find reading worthwhile, audiobook is a good way to start. I love audiobooks because you can multitask, you can be eating or cleaning, and still get an opportunity to listen to the books. With audiobooks, you can relax while another person reads to you. Try out this app called AUDIBLE

An audiobook app.

. READ HARDCOPY BOOKS

I’m not a huge fan of e-books, I get distracted many times while reading a book on my phone. Social media hasn’t made it easier in this area. I find myself switching to my social media pages, scrolling through my feed, and spending hours on WhatsApp. All this makes it difficult for me to complete a book. So, I prefer hardcopy books (although, I still read e-books). Invest in hardcopy book!

I hope these tips improve your reading habit. As you read don’t forget to…

  1. Have a pen and highlighter
  2. Identify main points from the chapter
  3. Summarize each chapter in your own words ( this is a reason I love hardcopy books. I scribble my thoughts as I read)
  4. Mark a chapter you would love to read again.
  5. Most especially, if a book blesses you, share it with someone!

Talking of reading books, my coursemate wrote a book recently. It’s a fictional story “THE SWITCH”

The switch by Malaika Young

READ AND LEAVE A REVIEW.

SHARE ANY OTHER TIPS YOU HAVE WITH ME IN THE COMMENT SECTION. I’M EAGERLY AWAITING YOUR RESPONSE IN THE COMMENT SECTION.

(4) Comments

  1. Biglobal says:

    Great one dear sis. Grace be multiplied to you

    1. Thank you for reading 😇

  2. Wow, I can’t even imagine not loving reading – I’ve been reading since I was 3 and it was a running joke that my mom needed a second job to keep me in books. I’m glad you found the joy in it. If you’re ever looking for recommendations, check out my blog. I review everything I read each month and there’s always something good in there.

    1. Thank you for the recommendation.Yes, I’m glad I finally find reading books to be interesting.

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