How to Read More

Many of us say we wish we had more time in our lives to read, but how many of us actually make the time? I always set an annual reading goal (this year it’s 200 books), but the main reason it works for me is that it motivates me to set aside time for something I already love.

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But what if you’re trying to find more time to read and it’s not the #1 thing you’d do if you had two minutes of free time (as it is for me)?

Here are ten simple strategies that will help make you a more avid reader.

 

Always Be on the Lookout for New Books

 

The desire to read is the biggest thing that will get you to actually do it, and that desire is built upon there being a book that you want to inhale. Keep a list of great books your friends or family recommend – either on paper, or online – so that you always have a good book on hand that you’d like to borrow or buy.

 

Try Ebooks

 

Ebooks (whether on an e-reader or just a PDF file on your computer or phone) are a great way to sample ideas without committing to 250 pages of them. Typically shorter, they are a great way to get new information and learn more, without spending too many hours doing so. See a great list of free ebooks at ereadergirl.com.

Think Bigger

Don’t eschew long books because they are, well, long. Steve Jobs is manageable when you break it into pieces. So is Gone with the Wind. Especially if it’s a book you’re dying to read, don’t turn your nose up at it just because it’s longer than you’d like. Dive in, instead.

Be Creative

Don’t just think of what you normally read – think of what you could be reading. I’m a travel memoir girl at heart, and sometimes have trouble remembering how freeing novels can be. What about you?

Have Books Around

The best way to ensure you read more is to have more books around at your disposal. If you don’t have glorious bookshelves, stacks are A-OK.

Read Before Bed

The easiest time to read is the time we most associate with reading — before you nod off. Although you may not be able to get a ton of reading in (my husband is an expert at one whole page pre-sleep), you can get started.

Go Digital

I don’t know too many people who haven’t yet tried digital reading, and for good reason. It’s easy, lightweight, and fun. Get the newest bestseller at any time of day or night – in your hands. I love the kindle. For $119, it’s worth every penny.

Try Audiobooks

When you think you can’t take any more time out of your life to read a book, think again. By listening to audiobooks you actually can read more — while doing something else. Clean, exercise, garden, or travel all while “reading”.

Go Far and Wide

Reading is all about going beyond the boundaries of your normal life, so try to push the limit as much as possible when it comes to what you read. To feel better about your reading voyeurism, hit garage sales or mine amazon.com for $.99 books. It’ll encourage you to try new things, without regret.

Make the Time

The best way to read more is to make the time to do so. If you can’t set aside 30 minutes a day like my (semi-retired) mom can, try setting aside 10 during your commute. Something is always better than nothing.

What do you do to read more in your daily life?

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5 thoughts on “How to Read More

  1. Have you tried out bookbub.com yet? It keeps you up-to-take on e-book bargains from Amazon, Google and other sites. I’ve gotten a lot of very good books free via bookbub.

  2. These are good recommendations. I like the first point which talks abut size of book. I find that too often the goal dictates reading short books but some fantastic books scale over 300 pages and up. I’d rather read 30 high-quality books then 200 low-quality ones.

    I read about 250 books a year, but the only way that is possible is by doing a combinations of audiobooks, ebooks and physical copies. Further I make it a priority.

    Great post Claire!

  3. For me, the key was to give myself permission to quit reading a book if it wasn’t doing anything for me. That freed me up to read more. I’m not in school anymore. I don’t have to read books I don’t want to.