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.
Before we dive into it, there’s something I have to admit: 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). 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!
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. 😉
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. I 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. 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 read 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. 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.
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?