I have always been an introverted picky reader (See my Types of Readers post to know what that means) because I always felt that I have limited time and I cannot possibly read ALL the books I want to read in my life so I never understood why I should waste precious time on a bad book? and I know that no reader has enough time to read all the books that they want to read and as a blogger who recommends books to people and (hopefully) adds to their TBRs, it is my duty to suggest a few ways in which readers can read more books.
This post is dedicated to Charlie from ch4rl13sm1th. Check out her blog. It’s awesome!
Possibly the best way to ensure that you read more is to prioritise reading over other tasks. I understand that it is not always possible but I also know that you are at liberty to choose to read A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin over watching the latest season of Game of Thrones. There will always be time to watch those Youtube videos, it is time to read right now!
MAINTAIN A TBR/READING GOALS
One of the best ways to ensure that you prioritise reading is to set up certain reading goals. You may decide to read a book a week, for instance or devote half an hour a day to your books. Also, maintaining a To Be Read(TBR) List will save you time on deciding what to read. Please refer to our Weekly Wonders if you want replenish your TBR.
A good book is the best lullaby. Take a book to bed with you and read for a while to put you in the mood for a good sleep. This will not only ensure that you get some reading done everyday but also certifiably guarantee some pretty nice dreams.
CARRY A BOOK
We don’t even realise the amount of potential reading time we waste waiting in line, riding in elevators and travelling until we start reading at these avenues. Carry the book you are currently reading with you so that the next time you are stuck in a long line at the supermarket or are tired of the doctor’s waiting room, you have something to do.
CARRY AN EXTRA BOOK
Speaking from personal experience, books tend to end quickly when they stay with you all the time. So once you are past the half-way mark, carry an extra one around in case you finish the first one.
Or you can spare yourself the trouble of carrying two books and get a Kindle, or any other E-Reading device, and carry your entire library with you everywhere you go.
Yes people, listening to Audiobooks does qualify as “actual reading.” I have found audio book versions to be better than traditional ones for certain books, in fact. Think about the amount of time you spend listening to music everyday. Now think if you could read a book instead. I love to replace my car radio with The Book Thief or The Godfather.
COMBINE THE TWO
Okay, this is gonna sound weird and it is not everyone’s cup of tea but it is something I love to do if I want to re-read an old favourite. If I have read a book multiple times and am intimately familiar with it but want to read it yet again but not spend that kind of time when I could be reading a new book, I listen to the Audiobook of the old book and read the new one simultaneously. Weird, I know but try it out!
We all have busy lives with work, school or college and something always comes in the way of our pure reading pleasure. My solution to that is to reward myself with a chapter for every task that I do. This way, reading is not a distraction or a mode of procrastination but motivation from my studies.
One pretty cool resource to manage your reading is a free service called DailyLit. Basically, you choose a book and the service sends you parts of that book in emails that can be read in 15minutes everyday. This way, you read that book for 15 minutes everyday and no more than 15 minutes. It’s highly customisable so you can set it up according to your own preferences. (No, I’m not getting any money from DailyLit, I wish I was though.)
I hope this helps you all read more and get a little closer to finishing your TBRs.
What do you think of these ways of reading more?
Are there any that I missed?
Let me know it all in the comments!