Bookworms have a lot in common. Like our ever growing TBR (To-Be-Read) piles, the sleeplessness we endure because #JustOneMoreChapter and our desire to read all the books of ever.
And as much as we’d like to read everything that’s ever be written it’s difficult to read a million and 40 books a year while juggling life, school, work and assuring our families that we’re still alive and well – that’s why my first post this year is dedicated to 8 tips to read more this year.
TAKE BOOKS EVERYWHERE
It doesn’t matter if you like reading e-books or physical books – wherever you go TAKE READING MATERIAL WITH YOU.
This is great for when you’re standing in queues, waiting for transport or during a lunch break.
DITCH THE BOOKS YOU AREN’T ENJOYING
I used to be the type of person who finished every book they started.
Partly because I wanted to give books I read a fair chance, but mainly because I felt bad NOT finishing books. (There’s a whole post about these feelings and you can read it right here.) Now though, I don’t do this.
If I get to page 150 and am still not enjoying the book – I ditch it (not actually because I don’t ever throw books away but I do stop reading it).
KISS YOUR CELL PHONE GOODBYE
*screeching breaks* *hyperventilation*
Yes, yes, you read that right.
Take a deep breath and then ask yourself: How much time do you spend looking at your phone every day? (Probably a lot, if you’re being honest.)
Every night I used to climb into bed and supposedly ‘just check my social media’ but instead ended up trapped in a black hole of pretty pictures, funny memes, clickbaity articles and newsfeeds that continued forever.
It was then that I decided to limit time with my phone.
Instead of spending all night on my phone, I’d give myself 20 minutes of phone time to do whatever I liked and then set it aside and picked up a book.
I know it sometimes seems difficult to read every day but setting a goal to read a chapter or a minimum of 20 pages makes it easier to get lost in a book and want to read more.
READ WHILE TRAVELLING
Obviously, don’t do this if your mode of transportation is driving or cycling (that could end very badly) but if you take public transport or carpool spend some time reading.
Audio books are the reason I did the majority of my reading in the last half of the year because they make it so easy to do other things too! Listen to your novel while doing chores around the house or when you’re exercising or travelling.
PREPARE WHAT YOU’LL READ NEXT
Most of my time is actually spent trying to decide what to read. To eliminate this incredibly annoying task I like to decide while reading my current book what I’ll read next.
SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR FAMILY & INSTEAD, CUDDLE UP WITH A BOOK
AKA: FIND A QUIET SPOT TO READ
If you have a family anywhere as loud as mine, you know how lovely finding a quiet spot can be. Reading where it’s quiet and comfy is great and limits distractions. While you’re at it, give your animals strict instructions to give you snacks whenever you need them so you can enjoy your book.
WHAT OTHER TIPS HELP YOU READ MORE, if you have any? & HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU PLAN TO READ THIS YEAR?
Happy New Year,
Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,