There are many articles about writing and many lists of writing tips for the novice authors. Pretty much every well-known author has such a list attributed to him or her.
But how often do we come across a “Tips for Readers” list? I have never seen one so, as an avid reader, I’ve decided to do one of my own.
- Buy an e-reader. My personal favorite is the Paperwhite, but they all have their good points, so take your pick and carry your library with you.
- Take it everywhere you go. You never know when there’ll be a moment or two to dive into a book.
- If you can, have a reading app on your phone as well, just in case your e-reader runs out of charge.
- Have several book samples on your e-reader to avoid the risk of having nothing to read and being reduced to biting your nails.
- Stand up, stretch your legs, and arch your back from time to time. You certainly can’t let pain distract you.
- When you don’t want to engage in meaningless chitchat with the stranger beside you, hide behind your e-reader. You might even have to do this from time to time with people you know and like.
- Pause for a moment, close your eyes. Let them rest while you ponder the wisdom/wit/humor/deep thought of the novel you’re currently reading.
- When people ask what you’re reading lie and say, War and Peace, and then go back to the heaving bosoms and throbbing members.
- If you don’t like the book you’re reading, delete it and move on.
- Don’t read and drive!