May 14, 2021

How to Read Widely

Last week, we talked about reading widely as a way to improve your writing. This week, we’re sharing some strategies to how to read widely. Whether you’re in a reading rut, or you don’t know where to start to find books outside your usual genre, here are some strategies to get you started:

  • Reading Challenge – there are a lot of different reading challenges that can give you tips on how to find books to read. There is a variety of them from ones that are in a particular genre to ones that have a variety of different styles and genre
  • Reading Prompts – every month in The Clubhouse, we give five reading prompts. These are designed to get you thinking. It could be anything from reading a book with a cat on the cover to read a book set in a tower. These are broad to give you a starting point to find books to read
  • Talk to a Librarian – have a conversation with the librarian at your local or school library. Let them know the sorts of books you like and tell them you are wanting to broaden your reading and ask them to recommend something. You’ll be surprised at what they can dig up for you
  • Blind Date with a Book – a number of libraries and bookshops have an options where you can borrow or buy a book that is wrapped in brown paper. It has a few words on it to give you an idea of what the book is about, but you never know what is inside
  • Book of the Week – every week, we highlight a book on our website. I know at least one person who is trying to read through every book that we feature there! Including the picture books

There are other ways you can read outside your usual genre, and these are just a few ideas to get you started. Have fun reading and exploring new styles, authors, and genre.

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