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The pandemic is actually the best time to read more again. But how do you find a book that is fun and doesn't stretch like chewing gum? Daniel Schnock from the Reading Foundation gives tips on how to make reading better as a hobby.

Especially during Corona, reading seems to be a good alternative to staring at the screen all the time. We all have a different relationship to reading: some devour one novel after the next, others have had a hard time reading books since school.

Motivation to read can be strengthened in different ways

The course for our motivation to read is set very early, says Daniel Schnock from the Reading Foundation: "When children are read to us regularly, several times a week, children have a more positive relationship to stories." This makes it easier to learn to read in school and promotes the desire to read in the long term.

"Then this is a gateway drug that you will hopefully get stuck on for life."
Daniel Schnock on the influence of reading in childhood

Daniel is convinced that reading is not only fun, but also the "basis for active participation in society". "I can only form an opinion if I can read," he says. This also includes understanding other perspectives.

This is not only linked to literature: Reading not only happens when you open a book, but also when you check a WhatsApp message on your smartphone.

"Reading is the basis of democracy, of education."
Daniel Schnock, Reading Foundation

If you feel like reading more during the pandemic, you don't have to start straight away with challenging tomes, says Daniel. "I'm not saying: I want to run a marathon and then I start training with 20 kilometers. Of course, I will fail with a bang. It might be better to start with five kilometers and, accordingly, maybe first with a book, that 100, 150 pages. "

Daniel's tips for more motivation to read

  • To be a reader does not mean that you have to read everything from Goethe, Thomas Mann and G√ľnther Grass. "It's not always about reading the great classics," says Daniel. "Of course you can read anything that is fun. It doesn't have to be high literature."
  • The length of the book also says nothing about the quality of the book or the skills of the person reading it: "It doesn't have to be a 1000-page ham. It can also be something short of 70 pages, which is simply fun." If you want to get back to reading, a shorter book is actually more suitable, notes Daniel.
  • If you don't know which book you like, you should approach other media and, for example, look up which films or series you like are based on books. You could also rediscover books that you liked as a child or adolescent. "Of course I can read them again as an adult," says Daniel.
  • Comics, mangas, magazines, and graphic novels are books too. In general, variety is important, emphasizes Daniel: "Just because I like cheese sandwiches doesn't mean that I eat cheese sandwiches every day."
  • You don't have to feel a sense of duty to always finish reading books. Sometimes it just doesn't fit: "I don't have to finish a book if I don't like it."