Are you someone who has always struggled with reading?

If yes, then you do not need to worry as there are thousands of people in this world who cannot concentrate on reading. Currently, the percentage of people who read books have gone down a lot compared to earlier times. Now, people are more likely to pick up new forms of entertainment like watching Netflix or Television, rather than spending time in books. A reason behind this phenomenon is that they are unable to concentrate on a particular thing for long periods of time.

Reading books can be regarded as boring and time-consuming but there are several benefits to reading books. They open up a new world to you and they are one of the best ways to learn new and fresh vocabulary. Book is also considered the medium through which you can actually know more about society. For example, if we didn’t get the written scrolls of ancient kingdoms, we may not have been able to unearth their history and culture. Books are also the way through which one can enhance their imaginations.

Reading may seem like a daunting task when you are just starting out with it. Beginners often face a problem where they lack any sort of concentration. The best way one can read a book is by choosing one that they will find interesting. For example, often people start their reading journey from the Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling or through The Chronicles of Narnia penned down by C. S. Lewis. These books do not intimidate people and they are quick reads which bring enjoyment to a person. Romance is also a genre which is frequented by people as it is fast-paced.

Often people feel intimidated to buy new books as they think that they will fail in it. But if you are someone who is interested to read new books, you can try to get a library subscription so that you can read the books without buying them. Libraries have been an asset to human civilization and they help you to discover new things with each new book that you issue.

Books with prose are generally divided into the categories of Non-Fiction and Fictions. Non-Fiction books carry the true and factual information or research that has been done by someone. Non-fiction often contains the books that go on to become academic references. Everything from a biography to a self-help book comes under Non-Fiction.

On the other hand, a Fiction is a piece which often has an imaginative premise. Generally, a novel, a play, a short story etc. are regarded as pieces of Fiction. For a beginner who is just about to start on the reading journey, a Fiction book is always the better choice. It can actually ignite the pleasure of reading in them which can drive them to read non-fiction books afterwards. For this, we need to quote Neil Gaiman, a well-known author of Fiction works-

“Fiction has two uses. Firstly, it’s a gateway drug to reading. The drive to know what happens next, to want to turn the page, the need to keep going, even if it’s hard because someone’s in trouble and you have to know how it’s all going to end … that’s a very real drive. And it forces you to learn new words, to think new thoughts, to keep going. To discover that reading per se is pleasurable. Once you learn that, you’re on the road to reading everything. And reading is key.”(Source)

A Reading List for the Beginners:

Here we provide you with a list of some Fiction books that are perfect for beginners:

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling: This series is an amazing start because it is interesting and magical. It is about the boy Harry Potter who suddenly comes to know that he is a wizard and then he needs to visit Hogwarts for his studies. An epic adventure awaits him there. In total, there are 7 books in the series and all of them are fast paced.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis: This is yet another series with 7 books which were primarily written for children but are enjoyed by everyone. The magical adventures are something that teaches us to be imaginative.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: This book is a little different as it is based in an imaginative world but the philosophy that it teaches will remain with the readers forever. It follows Santiago, a shepherd and sends him on an adventure.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: If you are a person who wants to cry by reading a gut-wrenching book, then this is the perfect one for you. The book is set in Afghanistan which has been captured by the Taliban and it follows the lives of Amir and Hasan.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman: Would you like to read about a girl who goes on a mysterious adventure after moving to a new home? If it sounds interesting to you, then you will like Coraline which is perfect for people who like to hear fairy tales.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman: This is the book that is full of fantasy and imagines. You follow Tristan Thorn who is hopelessly in love and want to get a fallen star for his girlfriend. From there his journey begins. It is a beautiful and different piece of fiction written by Neil Gaiman.

So, here is a small guide which will help beginners to begin on the journey of reading. We hope that they do get involved as the people who do not read are actually missing out on a lot of things.

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