5 Tips Guaranteed To Help You Read More

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!

Prioritise 

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.

Discipline

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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56 thoughts on “5 Tips Guaranteed To Help You Read More

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

    1. 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!

  3. 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. 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.

  4. 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. 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.

  5. 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. 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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  6. 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. 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. 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!

  7. 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. 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.

  8. 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. 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!

  9. 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. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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. 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. 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 😂

  12. 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. 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. 🙂

  13. 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. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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. 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.

  16. 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. 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!

  17. 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. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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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