Why you don’t like reading
In this blogpost we are going to talk about a lot of common reasons why people don’t like reading and how to get around these problems. We know that there are so many different reasons that people don’t like reading and we are only going to cover the basic ones.
Teachers are actually a huge problem when it comes to children reading. They often make their classes read books that they don’t want to read as part of their work. These books are usually classics or books that are quite complicated and very “wordy” [meaning that they have a lot of words and phrases that are uncommon or rarely used].
Not all teachers are like this, though. When I [Saoirse] was in sixth class [fifth grade] I read “Holes” by Louis Sachar. This turned out to be one of my favourite books so that ended up being a good thing.
Another problem with teachers is that they rarely have very good or interesting books in their class library. For us, this is a big problem because while we are in school we love to read when we have finished our work.
An example of this is when I [ Neassa ] was in fourth class [ third grade ], my teacher had a class library that included “The very hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. Now, while this is a very good book for infants, I was ten at the time and thoroughly uninterested.
What I did to solve that problem was I brought in books from my own house until my teacher updated her library by adding a collection of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and a collection of Micheal Morpugo books.
Books are Boring
This is a huge problem that reading is facing today, a lot of people think that texting their friends, binging shows on Netflix and playing Video Games is more interesting than reading.
I [Neassa] am guilty of all of these things and this is not a bad thing, I love doing these things but if you are doing them for hours and hours every day, you will get a “fried brain” as my teacher would say. Although I spend about an hour and a half online every day, I still read for around an hour every single day.
We are not saying that you need to stop going online and start reading for four or five hours every day, but say you just read for twenty minutes a day, that’s still reading for around 122 hours a year, the equivalent of reading for 5 days straight.
People who think that reading is boring are usually people who haven’t found their genre of books yet. If you are someone who likes a nice thriller movie and enjoy rushes of adrenaline, you will probably think that reading is boring if you are trying to read fairy tales. But, if you were to try a horror book or an adventure book you might have a completely different perspective.
The feel of books
A lot of people don’t like the feel of books. Whether they are too heavy, too wide or too thick, there are some people who just don’t like holding books. We know that books can also smell a little odd [ though we like the smell ].
An example of this occurring is thatI [ Saoirse ] can’t read while lying down because holding the book above my head hurts my arm too much, so if I’m reading in bed I have to either sit up and read or gland read on my bean bag instead.
To solve the problem of having a dislike of holding physical books, you could buy a kindle and read it off that or, you could simply download apps like borrow box onto your phone and then you have access to hundreds of books for free.
Now, we know that these are not all of the problems with people who don’t like reading, but we think that these are the main ones. We have experienced most of these and know how they could put people off books, but if you read books that you like, they shouldn’t put you off!
Are there any reasons that we missed? What kind of posts would you like us to write next? Tell us in the comments!
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