By Tariku Bogale
While HBO launches the new trailer for Game of Thrones Season 8, some of us still cannot get our heads around the question – where is the Winds of Winter? The sixth installment of the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin is highly awaited by fans who are keen about reading. A great number of people haven’t read the books, and it shows when they casually show no concern over the maddening delay in the release of Winds of Winter. It is primarily because a great number of people in our surroundings have not delved into the habit of reading. Libraries are a ghost town. Pages are wearing out.
In our culture, the habit of reading is well attributed to people who are assumed to be the bunch who you don’t get to see making a fool of themselves at a BYOB Friday night or in other words, nerds or socially withdrawn people. While the latter and former are only stereotypes associated with people who love reading, it is certainly worth mentioning that the habit of reading entails a mystical lust which blacks out any other sort of interests as if nothing else matters. Many can relate to signing off work when on the 5’o clock, speeding your way home only to fire up your kettle and warm up in your favorite blanket continuing where you left off while embracing the enormously vivid and imaginative plot of Wuthering Heights.
Today’s mundane reality is far from it. Our digitally accelerated world has failed to restore the importance of reading in the new generations. Most people are too busy scrolling down social media and reading a book seems a lot likely a mind-numbing,tedious chore that would do nothing better than bore their meekexistence. Instilling an interest of reading books appears to be a challenge – yet, a possible one. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Carry Your Favorite Book with You – Meeting people for beers or traveling in a town, always carry your favorite edition. Most people are looking for ways to make conversation and if they see you holding a paperback copy, they would want to know about it. That’s your cue – introduce them to what you’re reading and why they should as well.
2. Flip a Conversation about the Book Context – Suppose you are talking about something with a group of friends and someone mentions an idea regarding which you can confidently speak. No matter if it’s schizophrenia orsexuality as a social construct, if you can give your compelling insight on a subject, you would be admired for it. People would want to learn your secret. You can simply introduce them to the habit of reading. It works because most people want to feel good about themselves and are willing to take measures for it, no matter if it involves overcoming their laziness to read.
3. Introduce a Book – Most people are always wandering for inspiration. Books certainly do the deed and you must recommend them a few options relevant to their interests. If they are aspiring entrepreneurs, gift them a copy of “Unstoppable: Challenge Accepted Vol 1” by American serial entrepreneur Tariku Bogale or “Losing My Virginity” by Sir Richard Branson.4
4. Inspire with Your Own Character – Having read several books, you must have developed some invaluable traits in your personality and character which people around you would admire you for. If they see you as an example, you can inspire them to do better in their own lives by acquiring powerful habits, one of which surely remains reading and exercising.
5. Socialize Around Reading – Plan birthdays at your favorite book store, make a group of people and ask others to join up. If you can simply hold a Saturday afternoon with a couple of wine bottles and books to read, many people would be willing to join you. Then you can assume fullliberty to talk people into giving reading a shot.
It is also important to consider that not many people would be willing to take a step or up for the call-up. You must allow your people to embrace their disinterests first, understand it, and not impose anything forcibly. But it always pays off you play it smartly and show utmost keenness to people with respect to the importance of reading. Good luck!