5 Tips Guaranteed To Develop Your Reading Habits

5 tips guaranteed to develop your reading habits

I’ve begun talking about the books I’ve been reading lately as part of monthly wrapups. On both blog posts, I’ve received several comments from others who wish that they could read more.

I completely understand the difficulty that comes with introducing reading back into your schedule. Although I don’t make new year’s resolutions, reading more was definitely a goal I set myself for this year, and I knew it would take some shuffling around some of my responsibilities. Considering I’ve managed to read the same amount of books in three months as I did in the whole of last year, I’d say I’d definitely achieved this.

Despite the difficulties, I definitely think reading is a good habit to make and reintroduce into your lifestyle if it was something you once enjoyed. It’s a great way of relaxing after a long day of other commitments, and a great way of escaping into other worlds through the eyes of other characters.

For that reason, I hope the following tips will help you read more, in the same way that implementing them has helped me so far this year.

Find A Genre/Type of Story You Enjoy

Everyone enjoys reading about different things, and choosing something you enjoy is going to make you want to read so much more. If you don’t enjoy reading books about romance with lots of pages, then picking up a 500-page book about people falling in love probably won’t interest you. If you know what you like to read, googling book recommendations is a lot easier.

At the moment, for example, I’m reading comics. They’re not what I’d traditionally read, but they’re about a show I really like, so I knew I’d enjoy them. If I wasn’t interested in the comic I was reading, I would probably stop after an issue or two because they’re not my usual style.

Allow Yourself To Give Up On Books You Aren’t Enjoying

Giving up on books I didn’t enjoy used to be really difficult for me. Once I started reading something, I felt like I had to finish something. I’ve since realised that this simply isn’t the case. Now that I’ve started implementing this, I have more time to read what I enjoy, which helps with avoiding a reading slump.

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Read Before Bed

I understand the temptation to scroll through your phone until you’re tired enough to sleep, but there are so many reasons why this is a bad idea. It keeps your overstimulated, for once, and overstimulated; the opposite to what reading offers. I’ve started charging my phone on the other end of my room to avoid temptation, and it’s really helping! Instead, I bring a book with me and end up reading that until I’m tired instead.

If this is something you haven’t done before, starting with one or two books a week might be a good thing to do. You can always increase that over time when you feel you are ready to do so.

Hold Yourself Accountable

Humans like to feel like they are accomplishing something. There’s something so satisfying that comes with ticking a box to say you’ve done something, like reading a book. I do this using Goodreads, which tracks how many books you’ve read and lets you rate what you thought of them. It also gives you the opportunity to set yearly reading goals, which I’ve found a great motivator as I feel like each book I’m reading helps towards something bigger. You can view my reading goal, and keep up with the books I’m reading, by clicking here.

Prioritise

Like with anything you want to start doing more of, though, you’re going to have to start prioritising it. Do you have a break you’re wasting because it seems too short to do anything productive in or a journey to and from work you could read in? Utilise the time! You’ll find yourself getting through books a lot quicker this way, and it might even make these breaks more enjoyable.


I hope the above five tips in developing your reading habits benefit you in the same way that they have for me. I’d love to know if you’ve implemented any of these tactics and if they’re helping you, too!

Do you have any more tips you’ve used in order to read more? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, and until next time,

Goodbye

 

 

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56 Comments

  1. Jacquelyn

    25/03/2017 at 7:18 PM

    Very relevant post. I struggled with #2 on your list as well. It’s weird because even though I don’t like it, I still want to know what happens at the end.

    1. RebekahG

      25/03/2017 at 8:22 PM

      Yeah! I completely relate. I read through The Casual Vacancy even when I stopped enjoying it because I wanted to know what happened at the end, but I could’ve spent that time reading something else I enjoyed. It’s definitely something you constantly have to work on, haha!

  2. Krysten

    26/03/2017 at 1:36 AM

    Amen to ALL of these! I’m about to give up on a book actually… my motto is if you don’t enjoy it in the first 50 pages, put it down. Life is too short to read books you don’t love.

    1. RebekahG

      26/03/2017 at 3:30 AM

      That’s definitely a good motto! I definitely agree with what you’re saying about putting books down that you aren’t in love with, too. I never really had a set number of pages before I gave up on them, but the 50 page one seems like something I’ll have to invest in myself now.

  3. anintrovertedblogger

    26/03/2017 at 5:41 AM

    Great post! I’ll often go through waves, where I am reading books back to back, and then nothing for a long time. I wish I was more consistent.

    1. RebekahG

      26/03/2017 at 11:53 PM

      Yeah. I’m very inconsistent, too, I think. I often read more around Christmas when I have lots of shiny new books to read and the Christmas holiday’s giving me time to read, but I often lose that streak when I’m busier. I think reading slumps are natural, but hopefully these tips help you remain more consistent!

  4. aalexist

    26/03/2017 at 4:28 PM

    This post is so relevant! I was struggling through reading a book thinking my interest in reading had declined. Last weekend I read a book in a single sitting. It all depends on the book!

    1. RebekahG

      26/03/2017 at 11:55 PM

      Yeah, that’s a great example. If that book isn’t something that spikes your interest just now, put it down, and get back to it at a later date if you find it spikes your interest some other time.

  5. ThinkFeelStrong

    26/03/2017 at 7:21 PM

    I definitely always wish I read more books. BUT I do agree on these tips – most importantly, a genre YOU LIKE. Don’t pick up a book you won’t enjoy. I always try to pick a book I know I’ll be into, and incorporate it into my night routine!

    1. RebekahG

      27/03/2017 at 12:13 AM

      Yeah! That’s a really good idea about incorporating it into your night routine; at the moment, I pick one up if I have time to read and realistically get a few hours sleep, but I think making it more of a commitment will definitely help.

  6. lolitambonita

    26/03/2017 at 7:53 PM

    Love this. I set myself up with the goodreads reading challenge to make me more motivated and its working so far it is hard with so many other things to do but I try to read a chapter in the morning and one at night x
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      26/03/2017 at 11:57 PM

      Yeah; I find it so useful. I originally set mine at 20, but now I’ve started reading comics, I’ve raised it to 50 (those totally count, haha!). I love your idea of reading a chapter in the morning and then again at night–I wish I had the time to do it in the morning, but I barely have enough time to get ready for college. I think I might make that a minimum for night times, though!

  7. Sophia Whitham

    26/03/2017 at 7:54 PM

    I need to start prioritising reading again, i’ve got into the habit of binge watching series on my laptop and I want to get back to that lovely feeling of reading a book in bed instead. x

    Sophia xx | http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      26/03/2017 at 11:57 PM

      It’s so tempting, especially when you’re in the middle of reading something; I completely understand! Even if you only read for ten minutes after turning your laptop off, it’s better than nothing. 🙂

  8. abbeylouisarose

    26/03/2017 at 8:01 PM

    I definitely agree about holding yourself accountable for reading! I also find using Goodreads a great motivator, seeing other blogger friends making progress through their books really spurs me on to finish my own! I struggle with giving up on books, even if I’m not really enjoying them, but you’re absolutely right that allowing yourself to move on to something you might like more is excellent advice! Thank you for sharing!

    Abbey 🚙 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      27/03/2017 at 12:12 AM

      Yeah! I’m exactly the same. I have a lot of people from booktube on my friends list on goodreads, which is motivating because they seem to read so many books! Yeah; it was difficult for me for ages, too. If you look at my Goodreads you’ll see a book I’ve had on there since July 2016 which I’m too stubborn to say I’ve given up on, so I’m definitely not completely good at it yet!

    2. RebekahG

      27/03/2017 at 12:12 AM

      Yeah! I’m exactly the same. I have a lot of people from booktube on my friends list on goodreads, which is motivating because they seem to read so many books! Yeah; it was difficult for me for ages, too. If you look at my Goodreads you’ll see a book I’ve had on there since July 2016 which I’m too stubborn to say I’ve given up on, so I’m definitely not completely good at it yet!

  9. aestheticobsessed

    26/03/2017 at 8:03 PM

    I have a growing pile of books that I want to read, but I never seem to pick any of them up, or if I do then I get distracted by something else. I used to read so much when I was younger (and even over the Christmas holidays I read 3 books) but I think because of all reading I have to do for uni it’s put me off reading for pleasure.
    Alicia x
    http://www.aestheticobsessed.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      26/03/2017 at 11:59 PM

      Yeah, I can see how that would happen. Luckily I’m in college so I don’t have too much reading at the moment, but that’s one thing I’m worried about with going to college. Even if you only read during the holiday’s, it’s better than not reading at all.

  10. ktkinnes

    26/03/2017 at 8:19 PM

    You’ve got some great tips here! I used to always read before bed, but now at university I’m so tired I just collapse into bed without even thinking about my books, which is a shame because I genuinely miss reading more!

    1. RebekahG

      27/03/2017 at 12:01 AM

      I can be the same with the amount of college work I have at the moment–it’s definitely difficult to make time for relaxing when you have so much on. It’s a great way of de-stressing though, so it’s definitely worth making time for it when you can!

  11. The Monday Project

    26/03/2017 at 8:29 PM

    Reading more in 2017 is a biggie for me so this post is full of really helpful tips thank you! I decided to quit trying to finish books I wasn’t enjoying so completely agree with your first point – a genre for you is super important!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      27/03/2017 at 12:06 AM

      Thank you! I’m glad you found this blog helpful. How are you doing with that goal? I hope it’s going well for you!

      1. The Monday Project

        27/03/2017 at 10:38 AM

        Thank you, so far so good! Managed about 23 books so far which I’m super pleased it!

  12. Ellie

    26/03/2017 at 8:56 PM

    Thanks for these tips, I used to love reading but I just haven’t found any time for it recently. I’ll most definitely be making sure I do more reading when I break up from uni for the summer :).

    Ellie Xx | http://www.make-it-up.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      27/03/2017 at 12:08 AM

      You’re welcome! I hope they come in handy when you get around to reading more again.

  13. jodiedcmitchell

    26/03/2017 at 9:35 PM

    Reading before bed is a must for me! Except a lot of the time it’s for writing instead. Plus it’s SUCH a good way to unwind!

    1. RebekahG

      27/03/2017 at 12:09 AM

      Yeah! Sometimes I find myself writing before bed, too. It’s such a great way of just forgetting about what’s happened that day so you can sleep without worrying too much.

  14. toastycritic

    27/03/2017 at 6:08 AM

    Ask your local librarian about readers advisory and what it is. They can help you narrow down in about ten categories the types of books you love. And there are some databases that libraries carry that help you find read-a-likes.

    1. RebekahG

      27/03/2017 at 9:18 PM

      I never knew this existed, but this is definitely great advice!

  15. MrsJeeby

    27/03/2017 at 4:15 PM

    Definetly need to make more time for reading, so really sound advise here! I struggle with readying before bed and end up tiredly reading the same sentence over and over again.

    1. RebekahG

      27/03/2017 at 9:20 PM

      Yeah, I totally get that reading before bed isn’t for everyone. Another reader recommended reading in the morning’s instead–it wouldn’t work for me because I wake up with just enough time to get ready for college, haha, but this might be something to consider doing while you’re eating breakfast or something in the mornings instead?

      1. MrsJeeby

        28/03/2017 at 12:11 PM

        That’s a fab idea, I’m desperately trying to wake a little earlier than the little one each day so I have a bit of me/ reading time before he wakes up. Definitely understand that not everyone has time in the morning though, there’s a limit on how early I’d get up 😂

  16. curlprince

    27/03/2017 at 4:20 PM

    This is definitely good. Number 2 has been kinda a hard one for me to face when J needed to. I hate giving up on books. I want to like them all but know that’s not possible.

    1. RebekahG

      27/03/2017 at 9:22 PM

      I completely understand. There’s definitely books I’ve read through because I really want to enjoy them, but it makes me hate the book even more, I think! Like you said, though, nobody’s going to like every book they pick up. 🙂

  17. Yossy Akinsanya

    27/03/2017 at 4:25 PM

    Love the points you made and this post is very useful to me at this moment as I’ve been trying to start Lolita for ages but just haven’t made time to start, will definitely start reading before bed!x

    1. RebekahG

      30/03/2017 at 8:33 PM

      I’m glad you found this post helpful! It’s been a few days since you left this comment now, so I hope you’ve managed to get started with it. Good luck!

  18. Charlotte

    27/03/2017 at 4:25 PM

    Great tips lovely! I love reading but I just don’t seem to have the time lately, but I may start making goals for myself now.
    Fab post
    Charlotte🖤
    theporcelaindollblog.blogspot.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      30/03/2017 at 8:34 PM

      Thank you! I’m glad you found this post helpful. Good luck with your goals!

  19. thelifeofclara

    27/03/2017 at 4:30 PM

    Brilliant tips! This post is so relevant to me at the moment, I have a book sat waiting to be started but I never seem to find the time, so I’m definitely going to try some of these tips :). And I’m awful for feeling like I have to finish a book once I’ve started even when I’m not enjoying it too.
    Thank you for the tips! Carry on enjoying reading!
    Clara x

    1. RebekahG

      30/03/2017 at 8:38 PM

      Finding the time to read isn’t always the easiest task with everything else going on, but hopefully these tips will help. That one’s been something I’m still trying to break, to be completely honest. It’s a constant battle, but it’s definitely worth it. I’m glad the tips helped you.

  20. palegirlrambling

    27/03/2017 at 4:46 PM

    Great post! I have a pile of books slowly growing by the side of my bed that I’m yet to read! I really need to give up scrolling through my phone before bed and go back to reading a book!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    1. RebekahG

      31/03/2017 at 9:18 PM

      Thank you! I had so many in my bookshelf that I hadn’t read at the start of this year, but I think making this a main goal of mine helped so much. Yeah; that’s really helped me! I hope it helps you, too!

  21. pinkiebag

    27/03/2017 at 4:53 PM

    Hi, I struggle to find time to read. I need to retry reading before bed, Chloe #TeacupClub

    1. RebekahG

      31/03/2017 at 9:18 PM

      It doesn’t work for everyone, but give it a go! I hope it works.

  22. sazsinclair

    27/03/2017 at 6:33 PM

    I love this post!!! I really enjoy reading but I read SO fast so its annoying have to find books so often, I usually have to go on a book haul once a month🙈 I think its such a good way to just take your mind off everything and dive in to another world for an hour or two!!

    Sarah | sazsinclair.blogspot.co.uk xx

    1. RebekahG

      31/03/2017 at 9:21 PM

      Thank you; I’m glad you enjoyed it. I definitely go through stages where I read more than other months, and find myself running out of books to read. In January, for example, I read 9 books (you can see them here if you want some recommendations), and if it wasn’t for Christmas books, I definitely would have run out of things to read by that point. I completely agree; I love the escape side of reading!

  23. Sheismelrose

    27/03/2017 at 7:53 PM

    why did I feel like I found the article I’ve been hoping for I’ve been dying to get back into the habit of reading however the struggle been real def checking good reads out http://sheismelrose.net/

    1. RebekahG

      31/03/2017 at 9:22 PM

      I hope you manage to get back into your habit–it’s such a good hobby to help! I’ve got a few posts on my blog you can look through to find recommendations if you’re into the Young Adult/New Adult genres.

  24. Naima

    27/03/2017 at 10:19 PM

    I love almost all of these tips! I can barely get through one page if I’m reading before bed, I’m usually so tired by that point, I can’t!
    -Naima | http://www.thepleasantries.com

    1. RebekahG

      31/03/2017 at 9:22 PM

      Yeah, I think that’s definitely a 50/50 thing; some people can do it, some people can’t. If something doesn’t work for you then definitely don’t feel pressured into it.

  25. lifesayso

    27/03/2017 at 10:39 PM

    Awesome tips💯 i will definately prioritise and find time to enjoy my readings, thank you, keep up the great work

    1. RebekahG

      31/03/2017 at 9:23 PM

      Thank you! I wish you all the best in finding more time to read.

  26. whimsicalwolfblog

    28/03/2017 at 7:07 PM

    Thank you for sharing. I love reading, im just not good at prioritizing. My name is Brandy, and im new to the blogging community, its nice to meet all of you! I hope you all have a blessed week http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/

    1. RebekahG

      31/03/2017 at 9:31 PM

      I can definitely relate to that one!
      Welcome to the blogging community, Brandy. If you ever need help, feel free to message me through the contact me page or my other social media (which you can find at the bottom of this post, and in the sidebar) and I’ll be happy to help out!

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