How To Read Books

Let the book choose you

H.K. Holland
2 min readMar 20, 2022

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Recently, a friend told me how she hates this one thing about me when she asks me for advice:

“But one thing I hate about asking advice from you is that you keep referring me to read this and that. I am not good at it at all. And this is who I am.”

I burst out laughing. Because it is not true. I went through all my school days without reading a book. Unless it was to be examined.

But as soon as I completed my university, I developed a love for reading. I explained in UNLEASH how this developed.

Over the years, I have managed to read a couple of books. Good books, mostly. But I didn’t read books because I loved books. No, I read them because I was looking for a solution. For every book I read, I was solving a problem.

This is what I explained to my friend. Yes, I am able to help you solve your problem, especially if I have gone through it.

“The God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3–4.

Books helped me solved that problem and much as I am sharing a solution with you, I am believing that if you created time and read it for yourself, patiently, you would see the solution clearly than what I am telling you.

But you find most people read books for the sake of reading. This is a huge problem. In the first place, ask yourself why you are reading the book.

Let the book choose you. That’s when you will enjoy it. That’s when you will read it and complete it. If you read a book and you can’t complete it, chances are, the love was one-sided.

But if you love the book and it loves you back, you will read it from start to finish, the same way you watch your series.

And guess what?

You will complete it chap chap.

“So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed but a few days to him because of the love he had for her.” Genesis 29:20.

Originally published at on March 20, 2022.