I recently made the decision to start sharing the books I read every month in my wrap-up posts, and I’ve received quite a few comments from people who wish that they could read more. I’ve been asked for advice, and instead of repeating myself, I thought I’d talk about my tricks and tips here.
Now, before I start, let me tell you that I completely understand the difficulty that comes with trying to read more. If it hasn’t been part of your schedule for months, or even years, then it’s going to be difficult, at least to start with.
You might be thinking that this sounds like too much effort. You might be wanting to click away from my blog post, but please don’t.
Reading more might be hard, but I never said it was impossible. I followed the tips I’m about to share with you below and managed to read the same amount of books in three months as I did in the whole of last year. Sounds like a dream, right?
It’s totally achievable. I’m so passionate about getting as many people reading as possible that I’m going to be sharing these tips with you below. You can do it!
Set A Goal
The very first thing you should do if you’re trying to read more is set a goal. How many books do you plan on reading this month? This year, even? Write the number down.
Even better, hold yourself accountable by telling others. You may even want to join in with the Goodreads yearly reading challenges. I’ve been using these for the last couple of years and let me tell you, it has been life changing.
If you journal, you may also want to create a list of books that you wish to read. Revisiting this page often and seeing the books still to be ticked off will help you read more. It may also excite you, which is always a good thing, too!
Like with anything in life, you aren’t going to read more unless you make time for it. If you view reading as something you’ll do if you have a spare five minutes, you probably won’t do it. Even if you do, it won’t be very often.
Instead of hoping for a break in your schedule, make reading a part of your schedule. It doesn’t have to be everyday, but even reading a few times a week will make a world of difference.
To do this, you also need to work out when you read best. Do you read more first thing in the morning, with lunch, or just before bed? Once you’ve worked this out, make this the time you do the majority of your reading. You’ll be getting through books so much faster, and thanking yourself for it.
Work Out The Genre You Enjoy The Most
Finding out the kind of books you like to read will help you read more as you’ll be excited to pick up whatever you’re currently reading instead of dreading opening the book you’ve chosen.
It doesn’t mean you can’t ever experiment, but it does give you a genre to come back to when you’re going through a reading slump and want something you know you’ll enjoy.
Something I like to do is read a variety of different genres when I’m getting through several books a week. Sometimes I find hidden treasures, sometimes I’ll tell myself I’m never going back to that genre again. I find it’s always worth trying something before you knock it, though.
Allow Yourself To Give Up On Books
A lot of people, me included, feel like they need to finish every book they’ve started.
Whether it’s because you’re wondering whether the book will get better, or don’t want to lose a book on your tally, we’re all able to find excuses to keep going with something we aren’t enjoying.
I know it can be difficult, but you should try and get yourself out of this mindset. Would you rather struggle through one book that takes you a month to finish, or read three or four books in the same time?
I’ve also found that carrying on with books I’m not enjoying very much can bring on a reading slump, which is never a good thing.
It takes about twenty one days to form a habit, in which time you will need to force yourself to read more. This involves prioritising reading as part of your day, but also, disciplining yourself to make sure you are reading when you say you will be.
We all experience unforeseen circumstances that may eat into our reading time, but the trick is to try not to let this happen over trivial things. You have the washing up to do? It’ll keep for twenty minutes. You need to make your bed? Do it before you go to bed that night.
Of course, reading is supposed to be fun, so there’s no point in forcing yourself to do it if you really don’t want to. While it’s still becoming a habit, however, I suggest being harder on yourself than you might be after establishing a routine. I know that’s what worked well for me, anyway.
Have you got any advice for other people looking to read more, or things you’ve tried that haven’t worked?
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