I was often asked, “How can I read books that are more than 400 pages?” or “How did I start reading?” or “I wish I had the talent for reading.” I spent years thinking, “Why don't you pick a book and read it, it's that easy.”

But when my awareness increased, I began to realize and understand that sometimes it is not that easy. If there is a basis for this topic, I would like to participate in it, which is the following. “Reading is not a talent at all.” No one is born loving reading, but we learn to love reading since childhood from our family. From here we acquire the habit of reading and reading becomes part of our identity. Or when we grow up (and here this article is important for you) we learn to acquire the skill of reading.

Having shown that we can all become avid readers. Let's eliminate some of the excuses that may hold us back. Some people face various challenges with reading, such as:


• Motivation: Why did you choose to read? Is it because you want to become like someone you look up to? Or to create an image for your friends? If these are your reasons, then you are taking the first step towards failure. Your motivation for reading should be a very personal one. Acquiring the reading habit is usually linked to “need.” What is your need? Are you a mother and want to know more about your child and how to raise him in the best way? Or are you someone who wants to visit other worlds and relax? Or are you someone who always likes to learn more? Or have you ever heard about a topic and want to gain deeper knowledge about it? The first step in acquiring the habit of reading is for you to be the motivation and not any other thing or person.

• Reason for choice: Here to think together. Why are you holding this particular book? Is it because one of your friends recommended it to you? Or because you have to read it for your studies? Or because the outer cover is attractive? Or because it's the best seller? As we said in motivation. I encourage you to let the reason for choosing the book stem from a need you have. To begin with (especially if you are having trouble reading) you should choose a book whose subject matter you need, and at that stage curiosity will not be enough. With time you will get bored. But the need will form a strong internal motivation that will push you to continue and find creative solutions.

• I don't have time: Often the strongest excuse is lack of time. Naturally, as humans, we make time for anything when we want it strongly enough. In the wilderness, choose half an hour of your day in which you can relax and start reading at that time. If you are not sure what time is right for you, try and evaluate.

• Concentration: What I often hear is that I cannot concentrate on reading for a long time. In my opinion, the main problem most people have with reading is nothing but concentration problems. Like any muscle in our body, focus is a muscle that we can exercise, given time. It takes patience. Continue reading the article to learn some suggestions to overcome this problem.


Now that we have overcome most of the excuses that may hinder your success in reading your first book, let's go buy it together. Let us make the journey easier by setting some steps and questions that will help you choose a book that you will read and enjoy.


1- What is your motivation?

• What field do you want to read about?

• What is your passion?

When we can answer these questions successfully, we will know which field we are looking for and thus which library we will stand in front of. For example, if you want to read a book to learn how you can develop a plan for your business, we will search for books in the field of management or self-help. If you cannot find the specialty you are looking for, you can ask for help from one of the library teams.

2- Book title and subtitle

We are now standing in front of the library that contains the topic that you want to read about, but we must look at the back of the books or the covers to know the worst books that indicate their topic. Sometimes the title is a bit vague. Some books have titles designed to attract attention, but they do not describe the content of the book well, so we will read the subtitle of the book, usually in a slightly smaller font below the main title. It could be a sentence or a question. Does that sentence or question express what you are looking for?

3- Back page

We have found some books that may be what we are looking for. But how can we be sure? Now we will turn the book to see the back cover of the books. It usually contains a description of the main topic the book discusses and sometimes a simple description of the author. After reading this description, you may find that some books do not focus exactly on the topic you want or the question that is going on inside you. Currently you have a smaller selection to choose from.

4- Content of the book

Open the book. Usually in the first few pages you will find a “sweets table” page, which is a guide to the chapters the book contains and the topic that each chapter discusses. This will give you a more detailed picture of what you can expect when reading the book. If most of the chapters say what you need, then we will continue examining this book.

5- The author’s style

I personally have often faced the frustration of finding a book with a topic that is very important to me, but when I start reading the book, I discover that the author’s style was not what I expected. Here we must know exactly what we are looking for in the book’s style.

• Am I looking for a book that is considered an introduction to the topic? Or am I looking for more details?

• Am I looking for an academic book full of theoretical material? Or a book with practical steps that I can try?

• Am I looking for an author who gives lots of examples? Or am I looking for an author who only presents his point of view?

All of these points will not appear in the steps we have taken. From here, choose a chapter and start reading a page from it. You may need to read further if you are not sure. You will usually be able to recognize the answers to these questions as you read this page, and this will help you decide whether this author's style is suitable for you or not.

- others opinions

If you want confirmation of your opinion or if you cannot conclude an image or decision in your mind. You can search for opinions from people who have already read the book. Many readers share their opinions online. The two most popular and easiest ways to find them are through Good Reads or the book page on Amazon.com/amazon.eg. This will help you consult people who have already read the book.

7- Library nominations

If you have trouble finding what you are looking for, you can ask one of the library employees. You can share with them the topic you are looking for, and they will recommend books that may surprise you!



Congrats! We've purchased your first book! I would like to share with you some suggestions that may encourage you to read and increase your continuity.


•  Blog:

You can keep a blog next to you, and here you have complete freedom to decide what to write in it. These are some of my suggestions

         How long you read, today, and number of pages (this will help you track the progress of your reading speed

           You can write your opinion about what you are reading or what you have learned so far from the book.

• Have fun and don't turn it into a task:

One of the biggest traps I used to fall into was that I would focus on the amount of books I was reading and completely forget to enjoy the book. You are not in a competition and you do not have to prove anything to anyone. Just read and enjoy

• Leave the book!

One of the challenges I faced was my feeling that I had to finish reading the book. If the book doesn't give you what you need

Or you find that his style is difficult, so stop reading it and start reading another book. As we said before, you do not have to prove anything

What for anyone.

•  the focus:

As we said at the beginning of the article. Concentration is a muscle we can exercise. There are differences between one person and another in level

Focus, time and environment in which he can focus. Here I share with you a set of suggestions that you can try and evaluate

With time, you will discover what is best for you.

        - Time: morning? Or in the evening?

        - Location: Do you have to be at home? Or can you read on the bus or metro?

        - Atmosphere: Can you focus while sitting with your family members or do you have to be completely alone?


Finally, I would like to tell you... Enjoy, and do not despair, reading is an interesting world and not a duty that must be completed. Allow yourself to be

Be curious and enjoy this world.

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