I want to be like a sponge. I want to constantly be absorbing information and whatever is going on around me. I always want to learn more stuff.
Personally, I feel like books seem to be a natural way to do that. Saying that, I beat myself up because I’m just not very good at it.
I struggle to relax, concentrate and let a book take me to a whole other place. There are however, a few tips that I try to tell myself:
- It’s not a race
- The more you do it, the better you’ll get
- You have to find the right books for you
Now, this article focuses mainly on the last point. I have come to realise that no one is inherently bad at reading and the way to get back into the swing of things is by finding the perfect books for you.
I thought that I would create a little list of books that as a pretty slow reader, I find absolutely perfect for getting lost in.
“Happyslapped by a Jellyfish”, Karl Pilkington
The great thing about Karl’s published works is that you almost forget you’re reading a book. It feels as though you are in a conversation and I love that.
Happyslapped by a Jellyfish is a collection of absolutely hilarious insights, diary entries, poems, cartoons, “true” facts and anecdotes straight from the mind of Karl Pilkington.
It takes a lot for me to laugh out loud when I’m reading a book but this one had me in stitches. It is broken up perfectly making it so easy to dip in and out of without feeling as thought it’s going to take you a good few pages to get back into the flow of things.
Happyslapped by a Jellyfish was the reason that I ended up purchasing every other one of Karl’s books. Plus, I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of saying the title.
The “Harry Potter” Series, J.K. Rowling
This one is an absolute no brainer. If you didn’t read the books before the films were released, the fact that you most likely know the story already makes them that much easier to follow.
The Harry Potter books are definitely up there with some of my most favourite of all time. You can read them a gazillion times and they are just as magical each time that you do.
“This Modern Love”, Will Darbyshire
I don’t think I will ever be able to stop raving about this book.
This Modern Love is a collection of crowdsourced submissions from nearly 100 countries that focus on the feelings surrounding the beginning, the middle and the end of a relationship.
The submissions include photos, letters and even tweets that remind us “whether we’re in or out of love, we’re not alone.”
As a bit of a romantic myself, I felt this book was almost designed for me. It’s easy to follow and almost impossible not to get emotionally involved in. I can’t recommend it enough.
“Happy”, Fearne Cotton
The main reason why I chose to feature this book was because I loved how engaging it was. It is filled with practical exercises so by the time you’ve finished, the book almost feels like a little collaboration.
Again, like many of the books I have featured, this one broken up into less intimidating chunks making it perfect for anyone like me who struggles to concentrate for long periods of time when reading.
“Humans of New York”, Brandon Stanton
The photography and little quotes in this book are so inspiring that you can’t help but want to move straight on to the next one. That just makes it so great for people who aren’t necessarily big on reading.
I’ve spoken about my love for this book on the blog before and will forever sing it’s praises. I’d definitely recommend buying it to find out why.
I hope you found some of these picks useful and if you have any to share, comment down below. I’d love any recommendations!