Top Tips to Pick "Just Right" Books
The world is full of great books, just waiting to be read. How can you pick one that best fits you? Here are some top tips for picking the right reading books:
1. Recognise your purpose
You want to enjoy reading instead of doing it as a chore, don’t you? Hence, it’s important to recognise your purpose of reading before breaking your piggy bank for books! Question yourself if you are reading for self-development or self-entertainment purpose. As far as we could tell, non-fictions would be good fit for self-development while fictions are smart choices for self-entertainment. Bear this in mind to gain maximum pleasure from reading!
2. Identify your book genre
Moving on, do you know that you can spice up your reading enjoyment by looking for book genre that interests you the most? Expose yourself to the list of book genre here along with some book suggestions and question yourself what would be your favourite. If you’re getting a book for your little one aged six to ten, click here to land on the kid-friendly guide. Better still, you can even have fun unveiling your best fit by taking a quiz too! Witness the story when personality speaks up your best fit here.
3. Hunt for good reads
Good books that suit you are just within your reach! Instead of going for books that hit the bestseller list, we would encourage you to hunt for books that suit you. Here’s a suggestion – land on websites such as TasteDive, Whichbook and BookBub to get personalised recommendations for your next read. Don’t forget to refer to the reviews or the blurb of the book to ensure the content is something that intrigues you too – definitely a not to be missed tip for books-buying addicts or those who’re on the hunt for “just right” books!
4. Adopt the five-finger strategy
Do you enjoy counting your fingers while solving Mathematical questions? What about doing so for book shopping? We highly recommend you the Five-Finger Strategy that helps in selecting the best fit for your level. Before adding the book to your shopping cart, flip to the page near to the middle and start counting the number of unfamiliar words on that particular page. If you’ve put up five fingers, wave the book a goodbye. It isn’t a good fit for you at the moment and you can either forget it or add it to your to-read queue!
5. I-PICK mnemonic
If you couldn’t get the above-mentioned tips glued to your mind, the I-PICK mnemonic suggested by “The Sisters”, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser would definitely ride to your rescue. Go with the flow and question yourself with the I-PICK mnemonic:
I – I choose a book.
P – Purpose (Why do I want to read this book?)
I – Interest (Does the book interest me?)
C – Comprehend (Do I understand what I am going to read?)
K – Know (Do I know most of the words?)
Utilise this I-PICK mnemonic and farewell to buying unfit books for yourself.
Meanwhile, you’re all set to get on the journey of discovering “just right” books. Make reading a habit to ascend your language proficiency to the next level! Elevate your English, elevate your life.
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5. I-PICK 助记符
如果你无法将上述的小技巧牢记在脑海中，那么 “The Sisters”，Gail Boushey和Joan Moser所建议的I-PICK助记符肯定会拯救你。按照流程，并使用I-PICK助记符提问自己：
I – I我 （我选了一本书。）
P – Purpose目的 （为什么要阅读此书？）
I – Interest 兴趣 （这本书让我感兴趣吗？）
C – Comprehend 理解 （我是否理解我将要阅读的内容？）
K – Know 知道 （我是否知道大部分的单词？）