One of the best habits you can pick up to become your best productive self is reading. Reading has a number of long-term benefits and generally shapes up your mind. It helps you become a better conversationalist. We all live in a very competitive world and merely sticking to our courses is not very beneficial. Books from any genre can help you expand your horizons. If you do not like the idea of reading fictional books, you can always go for nonfictional or autobiographical books. Another really popular genre is self-help books if you are ever in troubled waters and in need of some advice and motivation. Reading books is a very productive way to spend time as opposed to endlessly scrolling through social media.
Develop a reading habit – books to begin with
1. The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
This book is the first part of a hilarious chick-lit series called The Shopaholic. The protagonist, Rebecca Bloomwood is a compulsive shopaholic and cannot seem to stop buying herself things ‘ she might need’ with her limited income. If you think you can handle all the second-hand embarrassment from all the situations she gets herself into then this series is a must read.
2. Avalon High by Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot is one author I read constantly throughout high school. She takes a hackneyed plot and adds a twist to it which makes the book a refreshing take on the same plot. Avalon High is one such book which combines Arthurian legends with pool parties and school. The writing style is all round very pleasing and engaging.
3. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern is one author who can write modern-day fairy tales without being too unrealistic. If You Could See Me Now is an enchanting tale of a woman named Elizabeth who thinks she cannot ever be truly happy in life. Ivan comes into her life like a breath of fresh air and teaches her, to put it simply, how to be happy. I still reread this book to date. Magical, enchanting and charming.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
If you like reading action-packed, thrilling and fast-paced books then a book like The Hunger Games would pull you right in. This genre of books is known as the Dystopian genre. The Hunger Games is about a dystopian society that has an annual ritual which is the book’s namesake. Read about Katniss Everdeen’s quest of staying alive when she is reaped in the seventy-fourth edition of these games.
5. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson is another thrilling series about an eleven-year-old boy leading a seemingly normal life up until he discovers a secret about his ancestry. This book is intriguing and adventurous to the point where you would not want to put it down. An added bonus to reading this book is acquiring knowledge about Greek Mythology which is amazing.
Books have the power to provide recreation, knowledge, and peace of mind. So the next time you switch your electronic device for a good old paperback, you would be doing yourself a huge favour.