Seven tips to help you become a productive reader

Oftentimes, reading a book can make one feel they are just looking blankly at a page for minutes without understanding a thing. Reading is a skill that can be improved through time and much effort. Here are seven tips to get you reading like a pro. John Eilermann St. Louis.

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Find your purpose for reading. A reader can pick up a book both for learning and leisure. Determining early on what one’s objective is for reading gives them the proper expectation for themselves. Make notes in the books you own. Otherwise, writing down notes on borrowed books can get one in trouble. Many renowned authors have written on books they owned as a way to better absorb what they are reading.

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Still on the topic of writing, write about what you read. Many who love to read also have an affinity with writing. Full-length book reviews or blog posts that appreciate an author’s work are great examples of the task. Maintain a variety of reading topics in order to not get into a reading slump. Readers sometimes lack the drive to read when they don’t read outside their comfort zone. John Eilermann St. Louis

A reader must teach what they read. Individuals learn more about a topic when they teach it. In days when reading just seems too much of a task, accept defeat. Take a short break and hop on the reading train when the mind is clear and ready to acquire new knowledge. Reading is like a muscle; some days are for training, while other days are for recovery. John Eilermann St. Louis.


Seven practical tips for developing love for reading

Children are taught at home and in school how to read. Reading, after all, promotes learning and comprehension for people of all ages. However, it’s easy to fall out of it, especially when there are gadgets within reach and many places to go to. Reading these days has become a luxury for those with time and resources, and as such, now being overlooked by many. John Eilermann St. Louis.

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Don’t just find time; make time for it. Reading should be intentional. One should allow a part of their time allocated to reading; be it in between meetings, during a commute, or before hitting the sack. Include a book in the bag. Here’s a good list of things to bring: house and car keys, wallet, phone, and a book. Instead of staring at the screen, scrolling endlessly while waiting for an errand to finish, read a few chapters. John Eilermann St. Louis.

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Get all hyped up with a book and learn when to let go of one. Books can either be incredibly great or extremely bad. Reading should be a thrilling experience for one and not a dragging task. Before picking up a new book, one must determine their reading goal first. Choose books that can truly encourage the habit of reading. John Eilermann St. Louis.

Invest in devices that promote reading. eBook readers and mobile reading apps cost more than physical books but are still worth every penny. Even with Wi-Fi ready eBook readers, one should still reduce time spent on the Internet to create a better reading environment. John Eilermann St. Louis.



Should you start posting book reviews online?  

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One of my mentors told me that I should also journal my thoughts about the books I’m currently reading.  As a voracious reader, of course I’d have a lot to say especially if I’m enjoying what I’m reading.   Surprisingly, some of my friends also do this but in online spaces.  If you’re planning on sharing your thoughts with other readers through blogs or sites like Goodreads and Amazon, here’s why you should start:

To practice active reading skills

For lit students like me, sometimes we end up not fully understanding the required reading.  Taking notes and sharing our impressions or understanding about what’s happening in the book will help us become more active readers even if it can feel like we’re just breezing through the material.

To help authors and publishing professionals

Whether it’s a good or bad review, most authors appreciate their readers talking about their work.  Most of the authors I know are glad that people now have a space where they can critique or extol what they’ve read.  Through the reviews they’ll understand what works and what they need to work on.  Getting reactions from readers is crucial even with an editor or a publisher’s input.

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To share your love for an author or series

I’m sure that you also have a favorite author.  It’s also likely that you’ve enjoyed a series of books from the same person.  Sharing your thoughts on their work might lead other readers to pick up their books.  Some base their next reads on Amazon or Goodreads ratings.  If you put in a good word for your favorites, this will help them expand their readership.  So share your love and keep supporting your favorite wordsmiths.

For those who are wondering if they should post their reviews online, I encourage you to do so.  It’s always nice to share our insights about books.  It’s a great way for us to learn, understand, and grow our love for the written word.

Hello there!  My name is John Eilermann, a Comparative Literature student based in St. Louis.  I’ve always believed that reading books provide the foundations for sound critical thinking that applies to all fields.  For similar reads, visit this page.