How To Read More! (Even with a busy schedule)
As readers, we want to read as much as possible. Our TBRs pile up in front of us, our Goodreads challenge reminds us we’re two books behind schedule, and on social media, we see that our favorite book influencer has finished reading their 16th book of the month. But with busy schedules, lack of motivation, and being intimidated by the insane amount of books to read. No matter what is holding you back from reading the number of books you want, these easy tips will make it easier to implement reading into your daily routine, fall (maybe back) into love with reading, and reach your reading goals!
Before we begin, I would like to say a brief disclaimer. The number of books you read does not define you as a reader, and there is no requirement to be a reader. If you enjoy reading, you're a reader, whether you read 2 books a year or 200!
1. Be Selective
When picking up a book, don’t just pull any book from your shelf. If you are reading a romance book when you're more in the mood for an action-packed fantasy, you won't have a good time, in fact, you'll just find yourself in a reading slump. This honestly applies if you want to improve in any aspect of reading, but seriously just read what you want to read there is no shame in it! If you aren't reading books you don't genuinely want to read, or you enjoy, you can't expect to be able to read many books.
2. Always Have A Book With You
Bring a book with you everywhere! To school, to work, in the car, to your friend's house, literally everywhere. Having the book with you will (hopefully) motivate you to read. Additionally, when you always have a book you can never get bored! You’d be shocked at how many moments in your day can be filled with reading if you have a book handy. Waiting for the bus, in line at the grocery, at the doctor’s office, even on a long elevator ride. All are perfect opportunities to squeeze in a few more pages.
LISTENING TO AUDIOBOOKS IS NOT CHEATING. Audiobooks are real books!! I am actually listening to an audiobook while writing this post right now. Audiobooks are also magical when it comes to multitasking. You can listen to an audiobook while driving, exercising, shopping, and so much more. Plus it’s a great way to avoid eye fatigue when you’ve been reading a lot of print or eBooks.
3. Participate In A Readathon
Catch up on your reading goal by participating in a readathon. Many bloggers and bookstagrammers hold readathons throughout the year, where participants dedicate themselves to reading for a set period. Some readathons even come with a theme or book recommendations. It’s a great way to build excitement and read as part of the bookish community. You can read my guide to a readathon HERE.
4. Make Reading a Part of Your Routine
The best way to consistently read more is to intentionally dedicate more time to reading. Dedicating half an hour before bed, waking up a few minutes early to read while you drink your coffee, or spending your work breaks with a book. Once you create the habit of reading, you'll find yourself just naturally reaching for a book in your free time.
5. Use a Reading Tracker
Being able to see the progress you're making in books, and how many books you've read is such a rewarding thing to do! And, it helps you of course track your progress in reading goals, and analyze your reading style and habits. I personally use Goodreads and a reading journal I found on Amazon, but there are so many options out there so feel free to explore what works for you!
6. Read With a Friend
Accountability buddies are perfect to keep you motivated, and just having someone to talk to about your reading is always rewarding. It's also helpful to have someone to buddy read with! Plus you can exchange recommendations with each other which is a win-win for both of you.
7. DNF Books
DNF stands for "Did Not Finish" and it's a super important thing when it comes to keeping reading a healthy habit. You should never force yourself to read books, reading should be an enjoyable habit! So if you're starting a book and you are just not feeling it, DNF it! Life is too short to read books you aren't enjoying.
And there you have it, a few of my favorite tips to read more. Hopefully, you took away some inspiration from them and will find yourself reading more. Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in the next post!