“How can I read more? I can’t seem to find the time”
I get asked this question a lot so, I figured I’d just share my tips. This is not an exhaustive list but I feel that if you really want to be a better reader, these might help.
Fill the Little Moments With Reading
A lot of us have the idea in our heads that reading requires a big comfy chair and a ton of time, but that’s just not the case. Reading is just as nice when you do it during the short little moments of free time you have throughout the day. Read your book in waiting rooms (instead of those old magazines), while your beans is cooking, or while you’re waiting for friends to come over. And there’s nothing wrong with reading on the toilet, either. For me, that’s a spiritual experience.
Carry Your Books With You
I can’t stress this enough. If you’re going to fill all these little moments with reading, then you’ll need to have your books with you when those moments pop up. Carry them in a bag. Throw your book on the passenger seat of your car when you head out to run errands. Just remember that reading at stoplights is not allowed!
Install an E-Reader on Your Phone
You don’t need a dedicated e-reader to read eBooks. E-readers like Kindle and Nook also have apps for iOS and Android. You don’t have to read only on your phone. I like to read an ebook with a hard copy of the book sometimes.
I won’t recommend that you read while driving a car. In fact, I am pretty sure it’s illegal. But listening to an audiobook while you run errands or commute to work? It’s bloody fantastic. Remember that, just like with eBooks, you don’t have to consume the whole book in the same format. Like I do with the eBook, try mixing and matching methods until you finish it!
Keep Track of Your Reading
How will you know if you’re reading enough if you don’t record it? Keep track of what you’re reading (and what you want to read next). If you record it publicly, you’ll make yourself accountable. And it just so happens that we know of a pretty good site for tracking what you’ve read – it’s called Goodreads!
Your Friends Can Help
Friends keep us accountable, so find some reading friends! Hang out with people that love reading and talk about books, or connect with friends on Goodreads. When your reading goals are public, you’ll be more likely to follow through on them.
Join (or Start) a Book Club
If you have friends who love reading, you’ve got the makings of a book club. Reading with a group can give you insights that you might otherwise miss, and it makes you more accountable, too. Bonus: it’s a great excuse to drink wine!
On that note, I would like to announce that “The Something Bookish Readers Club“. I have been in numerous book clubs but this is one is my new baby. I have so many plans for it. I’m making this public so that y’all can disturb me when there is no new update about the club. But there will be. I’m very excited about this. Watch this space.