How to Enhance Your Reading List

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One of the great appeals of reading is broadening your mind and exploring a wealth of different ideas and themes. Enhancing your reading list gives you the opportunity to discover new and important titles and to branch out and explore various genres. If you’re looking for ways to improve your collection, here’s what you can do: 

Try Something New

The only way you’re going to broaden your reading selection is by trying something completely different to what you normally read. While it’s naturally important to enjoy what you’re reading and stick to your favorite genres, branching out to new genres can introduce new ideas and new reading pleasures you would otherwise not have known about. 

If you try something new and find that you don’t like it, you haven’t lost anything you can move on to the next read!

Keep Updated About Trending Books

While there’s never any pressure to read the book which everyone is talking about, being aware of trending books can help you to select new releases which are important to particular examples of worthwhile causes. You can enhance your list by paying attention to the books which are garnering the most interest, which otherwise you might not have heard about. 

Try a Book Subscription Box

A book subscription box is the perfect way to explore new titles, themes and ideas, without having to do all the legwork yourself. Subscription boxes, like the ones from, mean you can explore the best titles from a variety of different writers, themes and subject matter. It also means that you’re more likely to stick to updating your reading list, as subscription boxes can be regularly delivered and scheduled in so that you don’t have to think about it. 

Make Time to Visit an Actual Book Store 

Shopping online is very quick and easy when it comes to ordering books but it also depends on you having something in mind while you’re searching. You may need to have a title to search for, or a category in mind to purchase specific books. General browsing to enhance your reading list is more difficult online, as it will require endless scrolling and clicking. 

Visiting a bookstore can be a much more rewarding experience in terms of trying to broaden your reading list. You can physically see covers, browse specific sections, or even read a little whilst in the store. This can encourage you to try new books or find something new. You can even ask the store staff for recommendations. 

Don’t Feel Pressure to Read Anything 

There are certain works of literature that are considered classics and must-reads for any book lover, but unfortunately this can put a lot of pressure on your reading material. Not everyone loves a classic, and just because a book has been given important status doesn’t mean that you’re going to enjoy it. Feeling under pressure to make your reading list one which will seem impressive or which sticks to the ‘must-read’ classics might result in you boxing yourself in from exploring new books that excite you. 

However you want to enhance your reading list, make sure it’s in a way that works for you, with the books you want to read.


Lisa Smalls is a freelance writer from North Carolina. She loves writing about all things interior design. When she isn’t writing, you can find her rearranging her furniture or brainstorming which room to paint next.

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