New Year’s Day is fast approaching and many people are certain to be resolving to read more in 2014. But, it’s not always how much a person reads, but what a person reads that matters. Here are a few simple tip’s to follow to get the most out of time devoted to reading:
Take some time to read the classics: Remember the required reading list in high-school? Adolescents can be so full of drama and distractions that a lot of kid’s only read the Cliff-Notes of the books that have been assigned to them. Many of these tales will have more meaning to an adult. Re-Read Moby Dick- It’s easier to understand Ishmael’s wander lust when one has been stuck in an office job for years. Give Death of a Salesman another chance, the older one gets the more one can relate to Willy’s disappointment.
Reading the classics without a quiz at the end will give a reader a chance to understand the story and characters on a more personal level. Teachers have their own agenda, they stand to make a profit off of reinforcing certain interpretations of literature. The point the author was trying to make may well be lost on years of commercialized misunderstanding. Rereading literature as an adult will allow a reader to comprehend an author’s meaning in a more organic way.
Indulge in a guilty pleasure or two: One thing that can keep you in the habit of reading is to tear though a little juicy trash once in a while. A really good sleazy novel will help get a person back in the habit of reading. There is definitely a talent for writing good pulp fiction and there are even a few books that can be considered vintage trash.
Try reading one of Jaqueline Susann’s novels, such as Once is not Enough which tells the story of seventies swinger January Wayne and her search for her long lost movie producer father. Jackie Collins wrote some truly steamy stories that can be a lot of fun. Hollywood Wives is a novel as relevant today as it was when it was written as it inspired many a reality television show.
A reader shouldn’t be afraid of turning his or her mind to oatmeal as any reading helps to improve concentration. Vicarious living is also the safest form of adventure. Promiscuous sex, drugs and financial excess are never so much fun as when they are fictional.
Read the paper: There are still some things an established newspaper can provide that the internet cannot. Try visiting the website of the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times and you will see that the depth of the writing and the resources available to the professional journalist far exceed those of the average blogger.
Discover Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series: Uncle John has many anthology’s concerning everything from the great works of literature to film, music and TV. The reader is a collection of facts, plot overviews and brief history lessons that can make anyone look smarter at a party or a trivia competition.