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Getting MAXIMUM Out of Your Reading Habits!

There has not been any era in the history of mankind when reading and writing were not practised. Be it on the stones or be it on the LED screens of the Kindle devices, humanity goes hand in hand with the noble practice of reading and writing. Ordinary men read; extraordinary men produce what ordinary men read; above extraordinary men write on what the extraordinary men write… and the cycle goes on… eternally. Today, the age of electronic intellectualism, this noble practice has taken an entirely different shape! We have the books on the go, across the screen sizes and anywhere. We can have even thousands of books with us without any single drop of sweat on our forehead. This is good; this is, indeed, a very good situation. Readers, who die to read, should not have anything coming between them and their books! However, do you read the perfect way? Are you happy with your reading habits? I will share my experience and tricks in reading which might help you create your own (personalised) reading world which will not only be entertaining but also informative and enhancing.

To settle the scores first, I am a long-time reader; a savage reader (they put it voracious reader); an omnivorous reader; and what not! I read a lot and read in both the formats of the book – soul version and soulless version. (If you are confused with the terms, soul version means physical copies and soulless stands for the electronic one.) The most important factor is that I take time for my readings. Howsoever busy my schedule be, I always extract some minutes (if hours not possible) and dedicate it to my reading pleasure. This done, I will try to present my reading habits and experience the best way I can and I hope the readers might get something for them here. :)

How much time do I give to reading daily?
I never see it! Honestly, I just make sure that even if I get five minutes on an odd day for my reading, I make the most of that. I try my best, nevertheless, to get at least half an hour in a day. And fortunately, half an hour a day for reading does not bring so much trouble to me. I hope most of us can easily manage that half an hour of our so busy life for one of the best things – reading! And do remember, even if one cannot make that 30 minutes, use whatever you have got – 5, 10, 15… time alone does not matter… content, habit, stability… and many other things matter.

What kind of a reader am I?
Well, I am an academic cum leisure reader. At the same time, I am a corporate cum intellectual reader. I am a philosophical reader; I am a farce reader… what type of a reader are you? Put yourself in the appropriate brackets and decide the hours in a week you will be allocated to every kind of reader in you. A student should give a dedicated time to his academic studies and then give a secondary importance to the books outside the ambit of his educational needs and then if desired, a third rank importance to the books which are purely meant for leisure and entertainment (such as Harry Ps and Draculas). A reader who is also a full-time office worker must be a leisure kind of reader who looks to reading only when he or she has to relax the mind. And so, I will suggest them reading entertaining books as well as giving some time to the books which help them concentrate well on their professional life (and also the books which teach them managing between office and personal life with ease).

Should I read Kindle or go for the physical books?
Well, the answer to this question depends on many other factors than only the choice. I prefer reading the hardcovers but many times, I have to compromise with the paperbacks because of the price or the availability of the hardcover editions. But, with time, I have observed that the electronic reading has made the game much changed. The Kindle editions are rather cheap and also not a pain to be carried. The best thing with Kindle is that the page counts don’t matter while you are carrying even a voluminous classic in your mobile or Kindle reading device! For half an hour to two hours a day readers, I will suggest going for a good reader and electronic version of books. My personal experience with Kindle reading is very much welcoming. I like the smoothness and speed of reading!

At last, what do I get if I read daily?
Like the old men used to say, if you read something, that won’t go in vain! Your reading will always come to your rescue. Students and academicians get better in their fields by reading their stuff daily. Professionals get some moments of relaxation by reading something good. Information hungry people get a lot of information by reading different kinds of books. And for every kind of people, there are various kinds of books! So, reading will always bring you something; it won’t ever take away what you have.

For Kindle readers, I will write an article on how to begin reading on Kindle. And for this one, I hope it works for the readers out there! Keep reading guys!

Alok Mishra

First and foremost a poet, Alok Mishra is an author next. Apart from these credentials, he is founder & Editor-in-Chief of Ashvamegh, an international literary magazine and also the founder of BookBoys PR, a company which helps writers brand themselves and promote their books. On this blog, Alok mostly writes about literary topics which are helpful for literature students and their teachers. He also shares his poems; personal thoughts and book reviews.

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