Cultivating a new habit is not easy, but it’s doable. This applies to when you want to develop a reading habit as well. The first thing you need to remember is that it’s possible.

Once you overcome that defeatist attitude, the battle is half-won. The next thing is to be ready to commit yourself to it because it won’t happen overnight. You will need to be disciplined for at least three months to break through.

However, you need to read the right books to cultivate a reading habit. The kind of books you read at the start of the journey greatly determines your success in cultivating a reading habit.

This post will show you the best books to cultivate a reading habit.

1. Your Favourite Genres

If you were once a reader who somehow lost the habit, you probably already know the genres you enjoy.

But if you are a beginner, you might need some help finding your favourite genre. One way is to try different things until you find what keeps your attention.

Another way – which will probably serve you better – is to go with what already interests you. Do you like animals? Then, you might enjoy reading about them. Are you fascinated by historical events? You might enjoy history books.

On the other hand, while exploring, you may find that although you like something, you don’t enjoy reading about them. That’s fine as well. You don’t have to read what you don’t enjoy. So, don’t be afraid to drop a book if you’re struggling. 

Pick something else and keep going; even the most voracious readers don’t read everything.

2. Thrillers

Thrillers are absolute page-turners because, true to the genre’s name, they are full of suspense and plot twists that keep you going.

They are usually exciting and evoke different emotions that make it difficult to drop the book.

So, no better way to get into reading than a good thriller book.

The Best Books to Cultivate a Reading Habit

3. Crime

Crime and thriller books are sometimes used interchangeably but are not always the same. We could say all or most crime books are thrillers, while not all thrillers are crime books.

However, considering they are similar, crime books have the same appeal as thrillers. You should enjoy it if you enjoy crime shows.

But even if you don’t, it’s worth considering when trying to cultivate a reading habit.

4. Romance Books

This is for my hopeless romantics. If you already enjoy romcoms, you should find romance books interesting.

Some people might be afraid to get into romance books if they are conservative or religious, but you can find romance books that don’t include erotics.

A good Google search will bring up entries for different lists of romance books without explicit content. Some are completely without, while some are implied.

Also, if you are religious, you should try Christian romance books with no profanity or explicit content.

5. Educative Non-Fiction Books

Educative non-fiction books are also great to consider when starting as a reader or getting back into reading.

You can use a book to learn something of interest. That way, you’ll keep going because you’re learning something you’ve always wanted to learn alongside.

For instance, if you’re considering getting into the marketing or finance space, you can read books that will teach you what you need to know about those fields.

You’ll be killing two birds with one stone: learning something and developing a reading habit.

Also Read: How to Cultivate a Reading Habit


There are many genres that you could consider as a beginner. You can always try different genres until you find the one that interests you.

Use this list as a guide, and do not limit yourself. There are a bunch of books out there, and limiting yourself will only make you miss out on them.