I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone tell me “I don’t like to read … I can’t finish a book … It’s hard for me to focus … I prefer listening or watching … I am a visual learner.” In fact, I felt this way at some point also. Particularly around the time when I was a student in high school and the books on the mandatory reading lists simply didn’t resonate with me. As a kid, I always enjoyed reading [and writing] but once I felt forced into reading – I convinced myself that reading was just not my thing. “I am a visual learner” was particularly the cool thing to say.
The reality is it’s not that you don’t like to read or that you can’t focus … you just haven’t found the right book. And when I hear the same narrative from “visual learners,” I quote J.K. Rowling: If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.
Think about your absolute favorite hobby, your favorite celebrity, or sport. Something you are really passionate about at a given point in time. You know, the kind of thing that would make you impulsively buy anything associated with it. I am willing to bet money that if I gave you a well-written book about it – you’d read it! Anyway, I won’t spend too much time convincing you because since you are here … you are probably a reader already. The reader in me was re-born in college when I was reading during my commutes and during my breaks. I was reading a lot. So much so that I was even learning and practicing speed reading. And I was reading so much because I was reading the things that I wanted to read.
I recently asked my audience to recommend page-turning books as I am always expanding my own library. As much as I love reading informative, non-fiction books … I also love reading to get away from reality. To enter another dimension. To “live in someone else’s shoes.” Here are some of my favorite page-turners that I finished in less than 3 days. I already posted my list of must-reads for your next flight so make sure to save those, too. And on the bottom of this page, you will also find a long list of recommendations from my readers and followers. If you’d like to recommend another book – please leave a comment!
Elona’s page-turning book recommendations for April 2021:
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker