How to Read More Books

I’ve always been known to be quite the bookworm. Ever since I’ve learned how to read, I’ve had a book by my side. I recently talked about my favorite books of 2016, and when I mentioned that I had read 75 books during the year, people seemed to be surprised. Someone on Twitter asked me how I managed to read so many books, since I also happen to be a college student, have a part-time job, and blog. I know it’s also a lot of people’s goal to read more books during the year.

Want to read more books? Click through to find out how I manage to read over 75 books every year!

Before we dive into it, there’s something I have to admit:ย I am a fast reader. I always have been. I can read a book in one sitting, and that usually only takes me a few hours (depending on the book).ย I read mostly in English, even if it’s not my mother tongue. And yes, I still read just as fast in English as I do in French, my native language. So needless to say that being a fast reader plays a big part when it comes to fitting books into my schedule. But I still have few tips that might be able to help you reaching your reading goals!ย 

Make the most of your free time

I’ve mentioned this in my productivity tips post, but one of the reasons why I get so much done in 24 hours is that I make the best out of my free time. Whenever I have to wait for the bus, or if I’m on break at university or at work, I’ll try to fit in something productive. Sometimes it’ll be reading, sometimes it’ll be something else. But one of the things I love doing most when I have some free time on my hands is to read. So to make sure that I can always indulge on that whether it is on my commute or on my lunch break at work, I always carry a book with me (or my Kobo Glo). That way, whenever I have some free time, I can continue reading. It can seem like a lot at first (some books can be quite heavy), but it’s become a habit. I literally cannot leave my house without a book in my bag.

Pick something you love

Have you ever thought the reason why you might not be able to read as much is because you’re not reading something you enjoy? The #1 reason why I manage to read as many books as I do is because I always try to pick something that I know I’ll like. If you’re not too sure how to pick, ask someone for their recommendation. Browse your local library or bookstore. Check out Goodreads. You can also check out our “book club” category! Reading something you love ensures you will make time for it. Why? Because you’ll always be looking forward to it! Trust me, it’s hard to let go of a book when you just read a story-changing plot twist. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Don’t force it

That kind of goes hand in hand with the last one. If you’re not enjoying the book you’re reading, just drop it. Pushing through a book you’re not enjoying just for the sake of finishing it will do you no good. I personally struggle a lot with this one. I cannot seem to be able to simply marked a book at did-not-finish. I don’t know why, but I can’t let go. Iย need to finish what I’ve started. But I know first hand that it tends to put you in a reading slump, which will not help you in the end.

Make time for it

Just like anything else, reading takes time. So if you want to read more, you need to fit it into your schedule, just like you would any other hobby. Take a little bit of time for it every day to build up the habit. I know that I like reading at night before bed, so I try to take at least 30 minutes every day to read before I go to sleep. Find a time that fits your schedule and actually do it! Write it down on your to-do list or in your planner if that helps you.

Find the right format

Have you ever thought the reason you were not reading as much is because you weren’t using the right format? They are other options besides physical books! While I find physical copies to be nicer (they smell nice and look pretty, perfect for Instagram am I right? ;)), I know I read faster on my Kobo (I don’t know why though). E-books are perfect for the people on the go. They take next to no space, and you can store soooo many books while not making your bag any heavier! Most e-readers are backlit, which means you can read basically anywhere and anytime, no matter how dark it gets.ย E-books also tend to be less expensive.

If you don’t like sitting down and reading, there’s also the option of audiobooks! I also started reading audiobooks this year, and I have to admit that I quite enjoy it! I think they’re perfect for the active people or the travelers! You can carry them with you everywhere, and you can even read as you’re doing something else (like while you run or walk, for example). I personally really enjoy reading non-fiction books in audiobook format. I readย Bossypants by Tina Fey in audiobook and I fell in love with it! I really loved listening to Tina’s voice. It made me feel more involved in what she was telling.

Find the right reading spot

When reading, find the right spot for you.ย Eliminate distractions as much as you can so you can dive deeper into the story. Maybe that perfect reading spot is in your room, or your house, or the library. Personally, I love to read in my room. I used to have an armchair that I always read in, but when I’ve changed my bed, it no longer fitted in my room, so I had to remove it. Now, I read mostly on my bed, and I just love to get comfy under the covers.

Buddy read

If you want to read more, hold yourself accountable! Find someone to buddy read with you or join a book club. That way, you can read the book and then talk about it. Finding someone to read with will put just the right amount of pressure on your shoulders to actually get some reading done.

What are your tips to read more books? How you a fast reader? What format do you prefer? What are you currently reading?

 

  • It’s like you wrote this for me, Amรฉlie. I always want to read more but I don’t know how. I think what’s keeping me from doing it the most is when I get a book I don’t want to put it down until I’m done. So it keeps me from doing my school work or anything else. Btw my mother tongue is french too! But I read much slower in french now because English has taken over brain lol

    • Yeah, that can be an issue, haha! Maybe try to keep reading until the end of your day? See it as a reward when you’re done with everything else! And I didn’t know French was your mother tongue too! How cool! Where are you from? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I’m originally African. One side of my country speaks french, the other speaks English like in Canada, and I grew up on the french speaking side. It’s only when I moved to the US that English took over haha.

        • Oh, okay! Can you still speak French or have you lost it all?

          • Oh yeah I still speak it at home! It’s the writing that has deteriorated a lot. And sometimes I forget how to say some words in french

  • Jamie

    Love all of the tips! My 2017 goal is to read more books. Before college I used to read pretty frequently but then school kind of took over. Now that I’m graduated I wanna get back to reading for pleasure!

    xx, Jamie

    • I know it’s a lot of people’s goal, and since I read quite a lot of books during the year, I thought I would share a little bit of my knowledge with y’all! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me know if you need any book recommendations!

  • I read fast as well! It definitely makes me want to read more when I know I can read something quickly. This is such a unique post, I’ve definitely been trying to read more, especially because I just missed my yearly reading goal on Goodreads for 2016! Hopefully 2017 I’ll hit my goal, especially because I finally found a genre I’m really interested in, adult thrillers! ๐Ÿ™‚

    paige // eyeliner wings & pretty things

    • I barely made it to my 2016 Goodreads challenge! I lowered the bar this year so it doesn’t happen again. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m not much of a thriller fan, but I would love to know what your favorites are! I’m always looking to expand my horizons.

  • These are great tips Amelie! I’m going to start carrying a book around with me when I commute. My biggest struggle is not being able to put down my book once I’ve started reading it! Very time consuming haha

    • Yes, I totally agree! That’s probably the only downside to reading, haha.

  • these are all awesome tips. I seriously need to read more this year, it’s one of my resolutions! I have never thought about different formats of books, that’s an awesome tip! I also love your idea about reading buddies. I think this is awesome becuase like you mentioned, you can talk about a book with other people! x, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

    • It takes me longer to read an audiobook, but I really enjoy them! I also don’t buddy read very often, but I know a lot of people do and love it! I think I might try to do it at least once this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yes to dropping books you don’t love! Life is too short to waste your time on those!

    • Yes, exactly! That’s something I need to learn to do though, it’s hard for me to just let go, haha

  • Love this! I’ve recently been trying to find more time for books, and I’ve found that audiobooks are my fave. It’s so much easier to get through a book when I’m driving/in the shower/doing my makeup!

    Emma | Seeking the South

    • That’s what I love about audiobooks! Though I find it hard to concentrate on more than one thing at once, haha. Probably that if I read more audiobooks, it would become easier!

  • Barb Lina Dionicio

    I love reading too but like most people struggle to find the time. Thanks for your helpful tips!

    • Yes, time is mostly what people lack! Try to schedule it in advance like you would anything else!

  • I have loved post-graduation life because I have more time to read! I definitely need to break out my kindle again so I can read several books and not have to carry the physical copy around!

    Tori

    • That’s so awesome! I’ll be on an internship for the next 8 months so that means no homework for a while (yay!), which means I’ll probably have more time to read!

  • Anna Hubbard

    Ooh I love this post! I’ve been wanting to read more books, so I’ll make sure to refer back to this!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

    • I’m glad you enjoyed, Anna!

  • Ariana

    This is a great post! I love reading SO MUCH but it’s fallen off my priority list with school, work, and blogging. I’m so much more busy than I was in high school and I took all that extra reading time for granted! You are so right with all these tips, I’m so careful about my reading picks now because I have less time than I used to! Don’t wanna waste it!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed, Ariana! And you’re right, I try to pick books I know I’ll enjoy because I don’t want to waste my time with things I don’t like!

  • Molly O’Connor

    Picking something you love always makes the biggest difference! So envious you can read fast!!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

    • I do agree! And, what can I say, I was born this way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Miss ALK

    I read so many books last summer when I full-time nannyied for a couple months after graduating college! Now I rarely have time- but you make some great points here ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Time is definitely what most of us misses, especially when it comes to reading since it’s such a time-consuming activity!

  • Great tips! Reading is absolutely something I want to do more of this year!

  • Greta Hollar

    This is great! I never have time to read and am definitely making it a priority 2017. Buddy reading is a fantastic idea.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Omg these are some perfect tips! I definitely want to make it a point to read some great books this year and finding the perfect spot is exactly what I need.

  • Azanique

    I’m so jealous you read 75 books last year. I won’t even say how little I have read. One of my resolutions is to read more so I love these tips!

    -xoxo, Azanique
    LotsofSass.com

    • Haha, like I said, I’m a fast reader! In 2015, I read over 100 books…

      • Azanique

        Wow, that’s amazing. I would love to just read like 3 a month lol

        • That’s a great start! I know you can do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ah, these tips are great! I set “read more books” as a resolution every year, but I’ve never seemed to accomplish it; perhaps with your tips this year will be the year. Thank you!

    – katrina || yourstrulykatrina.com

    • I hope it’ll help you reach your goal!

  • Finding the right book is so important! I find that if I’m not hooked by the end of the second chapter, the book won’t keep my interest

    • I totally agree! I have a hard time letting go, but I need to stop wasting my time on books that don’t keep my interest!

  • I love the idea of buddy reading! And I like that you said to start with even 30 minutes! Actually reading has been on my to-do list for months, but i always feel like I need hours set aside to do it and end up not reading at all. I need to stick with 15-30 minute chunks and get it done. Once I start I always really enjoy it, it’s just getting started lol

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • The hardest part is getting started! Once you’re hooked, you won’t be able to stop. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Amy

    Such great tips!! My biggest struggle is finding time to read books, it seems like it’s something that always get pushed a side.

    xoxo,

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • That seems to be everyone’s struggle! Schedule it and write it down! Reading just 15 minutes every day before bed can make a huge difference! You don’t have to be like me and read most of your books in one sitting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hannah Stark

    Thanks for the tips! One of my goals this year is to read more books and sometimes I find myself pushing myself to try and read a book I’m not super interested in so I really love these helpful tips:)

    xoxo, Hannah

    • I have a hard time letting go of books I don’t enjoy because I like to finish what I’ve started (and I keep thinking that it might change at some point), but to read more, you have to enjoy it!

  • Ah, great tips Amelie! I think that putting down something you’re not enjoying is especially important. I remember as a kid finding it *so* hard to find something I wanted to read – I’d read the first couple of pages of so many books and then put them down again, because what’s the point in wasting your time in something you’re not involved with? That being said, it meant it got really tricky when I started having to read stuff I wasn’t interested in for class – I had to learn how to force myself to get to the end! But when reading for pleasure I think it’s important to only read stuff you’re interested in. On my Goodreads I have an exclusive shelf called “stopped”; originally I called it “did not finish” like you said, but I prefer “stopped” because that way there’s a sense that I can always pick it up again if I want!
    Good luck for your reading goal this year – I’m looking forward to following on goodreads!
    Lx | Lightly We Go

    • I love the idea of “stopped” instead of “did not finish”! And I also struggle with reading things I don’t enjoy for class, but oh well, there’s nothing I can do about it, haha. I have a hard time letting go of books I have no interest in, so I definitely want to work on that this year!