I hear this question frequently. How do I read more? It can be difficult to create a habit of reading if it isn’t something you already have incorporated into your daily life. I’ve complied this list together for those who need an extra little push. These also work well if you are interested in uping your weekly page count. Utilizing just one of these techiniques will have you finishing series in no time.
#1 Listen To Audio Books
This is my faovrite way to read more pages. Any time I am working around the house, doing laundry, washing dishes, I have an audiobook playing. I use headphones, my Alexa (which turns into a bluetooth speaker and connects with audible), or just my phone speaker to get the job done. I also play a book in the car while commuting to and from work. There are some truly amazing audiobooks that bring the characters and stories to life. Audiobook platforms also allow you to change the reading speed. With a little practice, I now listen to my audiobooks at 1.8x-2.0x normal speed, and I finish books quickly. Pro tip: Audible is great but free is better. Check out your local library and rent audiobooks for free.
#2 Set Reading Sprints
I love doing this when I am in a reading slump. I set a timer, ususally on my phone, for between 10-20 minutes and I read for the alloted time. It’s important to free yourself from distractions, such as your phone. Put it on Do Not Distrub, you won’t regret it. I don’t put any pressure on myself to read more. This made reading a habit for me. When I had a few extra minutes, I would do a reading sprint and before I knew it, I was making a large progress in my books. Usually, I’m already into the book I don’t need the timer anymore. Pro tip: This is really useful to do before bed. This way you get a small amount of reading but you don’t have to stay up too late.
#3 Bring Reading Supplies
I purchased a book sleeve a year ago and I started to carry a book around with me when running errands. I was suprised to find that when I had a few minutes of spare time, I was putting my phone down and picking up my book instead. Even just a few spare mintutes made a big difference in making progress. Don’t want to carry a book? Bring your headphones and listen to an audio book, or open your ebook reader app instead.
#4 Find A Book You Love
This may seem obvious, but it makes the biggest difference. My friend went to the bookstore to get back into reading and picked up three new books. She only liked one of them and then lost faith. Picking a book that interests you and that is a stellar read is half the battle. I suggest using an app like Goodreads to check out the avergae review. Sticking with a genre you enjoy and 4+ star books is a good place to start. It guarentees you’ll enjoy the book. After that you can decide what subgenres and writing styles you enjoy. Also don’t be afriad to DNF (Did Not Finish) a book your not enjoying. This is supposed to be fun not toture.
#5 Bring A Friend Along
This is the easiest tip to excute. Get together with a friend and do a buddy read. Pick out a book you will both enjoy, set a reading schedule, and get reading. Having someone to be accountable can make a big difference, especailly when there could be spoilers. Don’t have a friend intersted in reading the same genre? Join a book club! There are several online book clubs now because of the pandemic making it easier than ever. You favorite booktuber, bookstagrammer, or book blogger might be running their own book club too!