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Welcome to my first discussion post of the year! I planned to post this two days ago but something terrible happened and I just couldn’t bring myself to. I’m also very grateful for everyone’s support yesterday, and I’m sorry I haven’t been able to reply to all of your comments because I get teary eyed every time I try 😂 buuut please understand that I appreciate everything and I’m not ignoring you ♥
Anyway, today I bring back my regular bookish discussion post for you! We’ll be talking about how to turn people into a bookworm 😛 I’m sure all of us bookworms have been in a situation where we are the only people who love to read. While that might be okay for some people, I personally want to have someone close to me who shares my passion with books so we can share books, talk, and fangirl together. Don’t you want the same?
However, it is so hard to find someone like that! And what would you do when you can’t find one? You make one, obviously. That’s why I’ve been trying to turn my 16 year old cousin into a bookworm She’s already into reading even before I tried to convert her into a more hardcore bookworm, so that makes my job easier.
Now everyone, think of someone you want to turn into a bookworm! It could be your friends, cousins, niece and nephew, or even your children (but I’m not a parent yet and I think that would involve bed time stories and reading together and such so I don’t know if this applies). We’ll call them our pet project… for lack of better term and because I do consider them my pet project 😛
Assess the Situation
Before you start putting on the effort to turn people into a bookworm, you have to make sure you have the chance to do so. I usually look at the age and the interest of my future project. Do you think they will enjoy reading for hours, or do they prefer moving activities and can’t concentrate for too long? I know my 20 year old cousin who’s too lazy to even read comics is probably a lost cause, but my 13 year old cousin who already loves reading short stories is not. I can work on that. You have it easier if your project is (at least remotely) into reading already
Show Them Why Reading is FUN ♥
This is important. You have to show them reading is FUN and not boring or exhausting or lame to get them interested in it. Show them you’re having a great time while you read. Flail over your favorite books and ship your OTP so hard. Show them it’s all sunshine and rainbow. They’ll wonder what makes you love it so much. DON’T show them the dark side yet! You know I’m all for telling people the pros and cons of everything, but not this time. Let them learn it the hard way, the way we all did 😂 or else they might back down early, and we don’t want that, do we? 😛
And there’s so many ways to do this! I personally love to TALK a lot about books and reading every time I see my cousin. Of course there are two possibilities that may occur : 1) they’re curious and want to try reading for themselves, or 2) they want you to shut up because they’re sick of you talking about the same thing over and over again. It’s important that you know when to stop 😂
Recommend Books for Them
This one is a must, but also very tricky. For hardcore bookworms like most of us, reading 1 or 2 or 6 bad books in a row isn’t gonna be a big problem. At worst, we fall into temporary slump, but most of us already know how to deal with it anyway. BUT when it comes to baby reader, you have to be extra careful! I mean, when you just start reading book from certain genre but the first five books you read are all bad or not for you, there’s a big chance you won’t read books from said genre anymore, right? That’s why the first few books they read are important. Hence, recommending books is tricky.
1) LOOK AT THEIR PREVIOUS FAVORITES. This one is the easiest, you just need to find a book with a similar vibe/plot/writing style/characters and I’m sure we’re all expert in it. If it’s the first time they’re trying to read novel, look at their favorite comics, mangas, or children’s books and draw your recommendations from it. My older cousin loves cute and romantic mangas likes Fruit Basket, Miiko, and Fushigi Yūgi so I know contemporary romance might be the best genre for her.
2) PAY ATTENTION TO THEIR FAVORITE MOVIES AND TV SHOWS. This is also really easy, especially if you love both reading and watching movies. Even easier is if they love movies based on books! You just need to tell them to read the books, tell them the movie is nothing compared to the books and there are so many things they miss from only seeing the movies. I do this all the time 😛
My friend used to only read contemporary, but one day we went to see Catching Fire together. She loved it and I told her the book is SO. MUCH. BETTER. And that’s that, she was sold and ended up reading the whole trilogy. I also did it to my cousin aka my current project. She watched Allegiant and was disappointed so I lend her my book and she’s been a bookworm ever since 😛 but psst…. I could NEVER get people to read Harry Potter no matter how much everyone loves the movies! I guess it’s just too late for most people? 😂
3) JUST TALK TO THEM. When you don’t know a person’s taste, the easiest way to do this is to simply ask them what they like and what they’re looking for in a book. Pay attention to their belief. Are they comfortable reading books that contain abuse, sexual intercourse, graphic murders, or anything that doesn’t suit their belief?
For baby readers, I usually just recommend popular books that most people love or my personal favorites. I almost never recommend a hit-or-miss or ‘heavy’ book for them because I’m not sure yet about their reading taste.
Lend or Buy Them Books & Take Them to the Library
This one requires a sacrifice from you but hey, go big or go home, right? 😛 I lend books for my cousins ALL THE TIME. It’s the easiest way to get them to read more and therefore develop their interest in reading in general.
Sure, sometimes they take too long to return it and sometimes they damage my books, but I always make sure to let them know how precious my books are to me and that they could borrow them all the time as long as they take good care of them. I also tell them that if they mess with my books, I will cut them without a doubt. I’m not joking. My cousin once took my book to her school and her classmate ruined my bookmark by tearing it up. My cousin was furious because she knew I would be furious, so she and her friend stole a similar bookmark from a bookstore.
I did NOT take part in that crime 😂
Update Them on New Releases, Bookish News, and Sales
I know it’s exciting to keep up with release dates and other bookish related news, that’s why I always make sure to tell my cousin the news or updates that I know she’ll be interested in. I also make sure to tell my cousin every time there’s a book sale coming up. Therefore I won’t be the only one broke from over shopping 😛
Show Them Your Shiny Bookshelves
I mean, aren’t you jealous seeing those pretty, pretty shelves on bookstagram and pinterest? So will your projects! If you have a grand and pretty bookshelf, use it as a tool to make them jealous! I do this all the time by telling my cousin to come to my house every time she wants to return or borrow my books. She usually spends a lot of time in my room, shuffling through books on my shelves. She told me that she wanted to own a lot of books so she could build a shelf like mine. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
OH! One time we both wanted to buy the same book and she said she’d buy it because she wanted to build her collections and I could borrow it from her instead. See… my work has already paid off 😛
Introduce Them to the Bookish Community
I’m sure a lot of you would agree when I say being a part of the bookish community is one of the best thing that ever happened to me! ♥ you could to this all at once, or step by step. I opted for the latter. I recently just introduced my cousin to Goodreads when she wouldn’t stop asking me for recommendations. She seemed to be loving it so far and soon I’ll introduce her to book blogging, bookstagram, and book tube 😛
LET’S TALK! Have you tried turning someone into a bookworm? Was it a success? Do you have any other advice other than the ones I wrote above? Tell me your own experience because I’d love to hear your thoughts! ♥
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