It is wondrous to discover and enjoy the grounding habit of becoming a reader. It is the antidote to anxiety, restlessness, distraction and malaise. Further, it is an excellent adventure! Here are some helpful tips:
1. Pace yourself. Each book has its own process of discovery and interior animation. Take the time you need and let the book unfold on its own terms.
2. Overthrow distractions. There will always be something else you can do. But remember: reading is doing something. It is feeding the mind and expanding soul, not to mention calming the nerves.
3. Give yourself permission to find which genre animates you, then delve into it. Simply because a friend says a book was “the best book I’ve read” and has lent it to you does not mean it will be the best you have ever read. You are not obliged to like what other people like. In any case, please remember to return the loaned book!
4. Alternate reading between new offerings and proven classics. Time is the true test of all good writing.
5. Get a good chair or a comfy couch with a solid end table (where you will stack your books) and good lighting. This is your happy place.
Slow down. Pick up a good book.