Hello everyone, and happy Friday! It’s time for another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme that is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts. Today, we’re discussing how to encourage others to read, a topic suggested by Rian @ Dogs and Books.
Before we get into the post, I’d like to take a moment to honor and remember the nearly 3,000 people who died as a result of the 9/11 attacks 19 years ago today. The scale of devastation was unimaginable, and fear and hatred were given free rein in the aftermath. But fear and hatred are not the solution. It is only through love and compassion that we can prevent anything like this from happening again, and help others whose lives have been torn apart by similar tragedies. I pray that we may be able to realize that and live out that truth in our lives.
And now, onto the post.
I love today’s topic! I love encouraging others to read. That’s honestly something like a prerequisite of being a bookworm, isn’t it? It’s natural to want to share something that makes you happy with the people around you, and the same goes for reading. In my friend group, I’m the one that everyone comes to for recommendations. It always makes me so happy when my friends and random people on the Internet pick up a book because of me and end up loving it.
To be honest, when I first saw the prompt questions for today’s topic, one of which was “What strategies do you use [to get people to read]?,” the first thing that came to mind was: … what strategies? 😂 I don’t have a particular way of getting others to read. All I really do is talk nonstop about the book I’m currently obsessed with — that always works, though. When you keep talking about something long enough, they’ll eventually check the book out just to get you to shut your mouth. 100% guaranteed.
I also make recommendations lists when they’re requested. I ask the person what they want to read about, what genres they’re attracted to, etc., and do tons of research. I put a lot of effort (maybe too much) into my recommendations lists, but it’s always so worth it when I see my friends falling in love with the books I mentioned. It also doesn’t hurt when you gift the books you recommended for their birthdays. 😉
I’ve never met anyone who full-out “hates” reading, I keep better company. (JUST KIDDING, WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN TASTES.) It’s terrible to see when people think books are just for “nerds” or “quirky people.” I’m a firm believer in the sentiment that people who hate reading just haven’t found the right book for them yet, whatever it may be. If I ever meet someone who hates reading, I would make it my lifelong mission to find them their book. I would poke and pry and needle until they either: (a) move to Australia so that they never have to talk to me again, or (b) stop being so stubborn and pick up a book, any book.
Of course, if you don’t want to read, no one should ever force you to. But if you’re open to picking up a book, I’m always here to help! Encouraging the people around me to read is always so fun and exciting, and there’s nothing like the feeling when someone texts me at a random hour of the day, screaming about a plot twist that I had before been forced to suffer through alone. It fills my heart to bursting, every single time.
That’s it for today! How about you? How do you go about encouraging others to read? What are some books that you’ve succeeded in pushing upon other people? Chat with me in the comments!