A Few Steps to Start Your Literary Journey
By: Mark Deutsch
Getting into books isn’t as hard as you might think.
It’s all a matter of picking the right time, place and book, which can be the most difficult part.
The secret to the perfect place to read is a spot where no one will bother you, and that could be anywhere.
The noise level, however, should always be considered, seeing as how that would ruin a good book. Even the most veteran of readers can only block out a certain level of noise.
The only solution is to either tune it out mentally, use noise-cancelling headphones or just find a different place to enjoy your literature.
If you’re new to reading for pleasure and you’re worried nothing will interest you, know that there is something out there for everyone.
There are dozens, if not hundreds of different genres to check out.
Fiction has many genres like mystery, horror and fantasy to name a few. There are also many different hybrid genres that combine genres together into something absolutely beautiful and unique.
Choosing the right book to get into can be difficult but start off with figuring out what topics and genres entice you the most. Maybe think of your favorite television shows and movies to give you inspiration and go for authors you’ve heard about.
You never know what you might find interesting.
For horror fans, try something classic and spooky from Stephen King; he’s iconic in the genre.
I recommend the book “Misery”, about a kidnapped author held against his will.
For those with stronger stomachs, try reading H.P Lovecraft or Edgar Allen Poe, who are true masters of horror.
For those intrigued by mystery, try reading “Mind Prey” by John Sandford.
“Mind Prey” is about Lucas Davenport, a detective who’s chasing his most dangerous adversary.
If you think you can handle something a little more challenging and complex, then you should try one of the Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who can outwit anyone.
For those who love fantasy, try reading “Watchers” by Dean Koontz, who’s a literary giant in today’s book world. It’s about a man and his dog, along with something dark that loped out of mankind’s imagination.
Those looking to expand their imaginations should read “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, who is worshiped worldwide by fantasy readers.
There are so many titles to recommend but this is only to get you started.
Once you begin your journey somewhere it can easily take you to another book series by the same author or a similar one by someone else.
Before you know it you’ll be staying up late flipping pages and not even thinking about Netflix.
The world of books is vast but that’s why it’s so fun to navigate because you can stumble on something great.
If you still feel like you need some encouragement, try joining a book club to give yourself some incentive, as well as make the experience more social and fun.
This approach isn’t for everyone but at least you’re not alone as you envision the story and have people to discuss your thoughts with.
Sometimes the perfect place to read is a place where books are free and no noise is tolerated at all.
The library is where books are sanctified and is the best possible place for reading, or even just the privacy of your own home.