How to Figure Out Which Books You’re Destined to Read
The average person reads about 12 books a year.
Now, I know some people including myself who don’t even read close to this amount. Reading doesn't get the correct recognition it truly deserves. Many people view reading as a waste of time, this perspective is usually geared towards the self-help genre as well.
You may want to read more but you’ve had prior experiences that have given you a bad taste with reading. Maybe you decided to pick up a book one day and just start reading. This is something that many people don’t have the courage to do, but this action can also be the last time you actually pick up a book.
The book might’ve been boring or you just didn't understand anything that was going on in the story. There is a case that you didn’t give a book a chance but also the book might’ve not been for you.
It goes back to the quote that says “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” This quote is used to teach a lesson about many things in life but when it comes to an actual book, you shouldn’t be distracted by the cover of the book, whether you find the cover appealing or not.
You don’t want to waste your time reading a book that you genuinely don’t enjoy. Most books are meant to reach a certain target audience, not every book you purchase is going to be a great read.
If you had the experience before of buying a book that you thought was going to be amazing because of the title but was truly not interesting, then I empathize with you.
It can be hard to choose the right books to read, especially when you have so many things going on in your life at the same time. Sometimes you may want a book that’s going to help you with your mental health and somedays you’re going to want a book that just tells a good story. There has to be something that can show you what you should look for when purchasing your next book so that you’re not disappointed.
Learn what kind of books you like to read
Even if you don’t like to read now, this is a risk that you should take. Out of every 5 to 10 books that you read there will be at least one that you’ve enjoyed. You can even look back into your past reading catalog and see which books made you the happiest. These books may have resonated with you so well due to where you were in life during that time. Ask yourself what made those books so good.
If you still have a few of them laying on your shelf then look through those books and see why you gravitated towards the book.
You can often look at a book that you’ve read before and decided if it was a good book or not. You usually associate those books with a specific feeling. One book might've made you cry with tears of joy and one book may have got you excited to read it every night before bed.
Is there a genre of books that you usually like? Look for any patterns in your books that will help you decide how you should choose the next set of books that you read.
The two genres that I gravitate most to are personal growth and business. These two are quite similar due to the fact that many of the books in each category have lessons for life that can apply to each other.
Do you like to read books that have many pages or just a few? Usually, the size of a book can tell you a lot about the kind of reader you are. Books that are longer tend to be made for readers that like to hold on to the same book for a while and are very patient when reading.
Shorter books (which are my personal favorite) are for readers that like to get straight to the point and learn as much as they can in a short timeframe.
These are just a few factors that you should consider when trying to learn about what books you like to read.
Does the book grab your attention from the start
There are many books to choose from, you may even get overwhelmed by the number of selections there are. There’s an easy way to decipher what books you would actually enjoy reading.
You probably see many people doing this at bookstores. Just reading a few pages of a book can give you a good idea of what the book is about.
Now, I don't mean just reading the title, or a quick summary on the back of the book but actually opening it up and starting from chapter 1 and reading a few pages from there.
Before doing this you should already have an idea of what you’re looking for in that book.
If the first few pages are matching that idea then you may have hit the jackpot. If you’re someone that likes to read longer books, then you may have to read a little bit further to see if you would like the book. You may be someone who likes that you have to wait for the good part of the book when it’s not initially at the beginning. This is fine, you just have to be a little more open-minded when making judgments about potential book purchases.
When you’re doing your research online about a book, you will encounter that some of the books have a free preview. You don’t have to go to a bookstore to see if you would like a book or not.
Your goal for when you’re reading the first few pages of a book is to see if the book is able to get you hooked. Once the preview is up, you should still want to keep reading.
Something else that you should look for is if you have the urge to highlight sentences on each page. What makes a book truly fascinating is the amount of energy you put towards the book. You should be able to learn at least a few things when reading. Look for books that grab your attention from the start, you won’t regret it.
Look for books that are highly recommended in your preferred genre
I used to have a bad habit of walking into a bookstore and going straight into the personal growth section and picking up any book that looked interesting. As this habit went on for years I realized that most of the books that I ended up reading from this process weren’t so great. It wasn’t until I grabbed a book that was recommended by author Tim Ferris where I found more joy in reading.
Usually, people who you admire or look up to have some sort of recommendation when it comes to books. If they’re somebody who you can’t come close into contact with then look up more information about them and what books they liked to read. This is also a great way to figure which books you should gravitate towards.
You can go online and look for books that are similar to the one you just read. Only a small selection will pop up and there you will find more books that are relatable to the books you love the most.
Be open to reading books that are also new. These books do a great job of relating to readers because they contain some common terminology and may even talk about events that have occurred recently that you can relate to.
If you’re still having trouble choosing which book to choose then you can look up books from an author who’s book you really enjoyed. I just finished a book called The Go-Giver and was kind of sad at first because it came to an end. I looked up the author's name the next day and realized that there was a whole series for this book out.
It just takes a few moments of your day to discover books that you will deeply enjoy, the extra work is worth it.
Picking out a great book is not always determined by luck, there are a few things that you can do to choose the right one for you. Books are the key to learning more about yourself and the world around you.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Salman Rushdie that says
“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.”