There's nothing lovelier than browsing the book shelves or the library for a new read to hunker down with. But sometimes it can be really hard to pick what to read next, especially if you've not had chance to read in a while. 

In preparation for World Book Night on April 23, The Reading Agency have come up with some top tips to help you find the perfect read, whether you're a fully-fledged book worm or are going back to reading again after a little break. 

  •  Read for you. It doesn’t matter what kind of book you read. Reading for pleasure is about finding a book that works for you – whether it’s a short story, a classic novel or a comic book
  • Pick a theme.  Deciding on a specific theme will help narrow down your list of potential books. You could focus on a specific author, genre or time period
  • Find a hero. Read about someone you admire – for example, if you are a retro film fan why not pick up a biography of your favourite actress of yesteryear? 
  • Dip in. Choose a page and read it to get a sense of the style and tone. Don’t force yourself to read something that doesn’t feel right for you 
  • Think of a film. Read the book version of your favorite film – if you like the plot line and characters, it’s likely you’ll enjoy reading the story. Or, consider the kinds of TV programmes and films you like and keep an eye out for similar books
  • Browse books. Look online and spend time reading reviews. Ask librarians or booksellers for advice to help you decide
  • Ask someone you know. Ask a friend, family member or colleague to recommend a book they love 
  • Know it’s OK to stop. If you don’t like the book you’ve started reading, it’s OK to move onto a different one. The world is full of incredible books and there is something out there for everyone, so the most important thing is that you enjoy it. 

And if you've got the book bug, why not try encourage your family and friends to join you? On World Book Night (23 April),  readers across the country will be sharing a book they love with people who don’t normally read. Here's some tips for getting others involved:

Pass the book bug onto your little ones

Pass the book bug onto your little ones

  • Create a personal connection. Think about what themes, subjects or characters might spark their interest and suggest a book that taps into this. Ask them if you're not sure 
  • Keep it simple. Someone who doesn’t read regularly may be put off by long books or complicated plot structures and writing styles. Suggest starting with a short story or a Quick Read 
  • Get together with friends. Like exercising, it is often easier to kick-start a reading habit and stay motivated when you’re sharing the experience with someone else. You could set up a reading group, or just have an informal chat about the books you’re reading
  • Parent power. Parents and carers are the most important reading role model for children and young people. If you’re a parent or carer of a child who isn’t a confident reader, try sitting down and reading a book together

To find out more about World Book Night and how to take part visit worldbooknight.org