This is for the people who want to read more, or for people who like books and want to start reading. Trust me, once you start, you won’t ever get tired of the magical worlds the pages take you to – far, far away from reality. But, if you want to become an avid reader, there are some things to consider.

First off, what is an avid reader and what does being an avid reader mean? Well, avid means to be enthusiastic about something. In this case, it’s reading. But how do you become enthusiastic about reading and how do you incorporate reading into your daily routine?

Get a Library Card

My first tip of advice I’m going to offer you is: Get a library card. If you don’t know what your niche reading genre is yet, the library allows you to experiment for free! Once you find your niche genre, I believe you’ll be inspired to read more. No one wants to read a least favourite genre or a genre they don’t enjoy.

Make Time to Read

You won’t become an avid reader if you don’t make the time to read. It doesn’t have to be large chunks of chapters everyday. You can start with as little as 10 to 20 pages and work up from there. It’s a growing experience. Find out what time of day works best for you to get reading in (morning, afternoon, nighttime) and make sure to keep a routine of reading during that specific time.

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Talk to Likeminded People

This means chatting with other readers and people who like to read. If someone in your family likes to read, talk to them about your current read. In turn, they’ll talk about their current reads too and recommendations will be flung about.

But, if you don’t have anyone in your family who’s an enthusiastic reader, join an online community. This can be Book Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (Bookstagram). Perfecting these social platforms is a whole other blog I’ll be getting into, but being inclusive in a book community makes you want to read that much more.

Read in Different Formats

This tip is the one that has changed my reading life the most. For some odd reason, reading in different formats offers the potential for a person to read more and/or faster. Different formats include audiobooks, ebooks, and, of course, physical books.

As an example, you may be able to listen to an audiobook quicker than you’d read a physical book. You have the ability to change the speed you listen at (fast listening speeds can take practice, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t listen to a book at 1.75x or 2x at the start). The same can be said for ebooks. It’s easier and quicker to flip the page, as you just tap the screen. 


So, remember, if you want to become an avid reader you must get a library card, find your favourite genre/genres, make the time to read, find likeminded people who like to read as much as you, and read in different formats.

So, what book will you start with for your avid reader journey? 

Ryan Jones

Ryan is a Southwestern Ontario writer, editor, author and content creator. She’s the author of More Than Us, a YA contemporary novel surrounding mental health.

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