Reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine. Growing up, when there was a book fair at my school, I would get excited and really beg my parents for money to buy some books. We didn’t have a lot of free spending money, so I never really got a chance to order anything. Instead, my place was either the public or school library. No matter what the financial circumstance was, I still made an effort to read.
If you struggle to find time to read, here are my five favorite tips for reading more books:
Set a time in your schedule to read.
Just like working out at the gym or making a hair appointment, scheduling some time to read for an hour a day or more will help you build a familiar routine. You’ll begin to see the benefits from doing this when you block out reading time.
Carry a book with you.
Instead of using your Kindle phone app, carry and read from a paperback or hardback book if you have room. Trust me. Reading from a phone app or on anything that makes it easier for you to get distracted by other online activities means less reading time for you.
Sign up for Goodreads and track your bookshelf and reading goals.
I only recently discovered this for tracking my reading goals. Before I used it to store the book titles I had, but now I’m using it to track reading goals. The Goodreads online community is awesome too! Connect with other reading minded friends and share book reviews.
Join a bookclub in your area or online.
I’ve participated in local book clubs and ran a few before. They are so much fun! Get together with your friends and start one if there isn’t a book club in your area. There are so many ideas online and also book club questions. A lot of times, books are now including discussion group questions already inside the back of the book. Take advantage of these questions and have fun with your club. Throw in refreshments too! Everyone loves reading and sharing great snacks!
Books or electronic device reading?
I know I mentioned above about carrying a book with you, but for some people that might just be a turn off. That’s okay. Discover which format you prefer. Some people prefer paper material when reading, others prefer an electronic device to store all their books and read from them. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t handle paper books. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to digital.
I’ll be sharing my 2016 reading list and more about what my monthly reading goals in a future post.