Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more this year? It’s a common goal for many people, myself included, so today I am sharing some tips on how to read more in 2018:
Find Books You Love
This is an obvious but important step. In order to read more, you have to ENJOY what you’re reading. I think many people give up on reading because they try to force themselves to get into a book that they aren’t interested in.
Start by finding a genre that you like and go from there. If you know you like suspense/thriller books, then find more of those. Think of the last book you really liked and search it on Amazon. You’ll find suggestions for similar books and what other people bought!
Create Dedicated Reading Times
Having a dedicated time to read is crucial for getting into the habit of reading. I like to read before bed to wind down, but that might not work for everyone. Think about when you tend to have free time or when you tend to waste time doing mindless things (hello Instagram scrolling!). Replace those bad habits with good habits. It’s easy to say you don’t have time to read, but the truth is, you’re not making time for it. So commit, and schedule!
Go to the Library
I get most of my books from the library because 1: they’re free and 2: it makes me feel accountable. If you’re not someone who likes to re-read books or collect them, then borrow from the library! This will save you money and prevent you from accumulating things you may not have room for.
Renting books from the library can also make you more motivated to read. At my library, there is a 4-week time limit for regular books and a 10-day time limit for new, popular books. Having this time restriction keeps me accountable and makes me want to read more. I find that when I purchase books on my own, I’m much more lenient with them and they just end up sitting on my shelf. Maybe I’m a nerd but I love getting books from my library and get excited when a book I’ve had on hold becomes available!
Read 50 Pages at a Time
I remember seeing this tip a while ago and it has really helped me with reading more quickly. This is especially helpful when you start a new book because it can take a while to get into the story. I’m not saying you have to restrict yourself to 50 pages or force yourself to read 50 pages, but it’s a good benchmark to follow. Sometimes the hardest thing about reading is just taking that first step. If you can commit to 50 pages or 30 pages in the beginning, it will be much easier to go from there.
There are so many amazing Instagram accounts, blogs and YouTube channels dedicated to reading. You can find inspiration anywhere! Reese Witherspoon, for example, has some great recommendations in her #RWBookClub on Instagram (here are 25 books she’s recommended). You can also search lists for most anticipated books of the year or books that will be made into movies. Seeing what others are reading will definitely inspire you to read more. Follow a couple of people with similar reading tastes as you or join a Facebook group to make it fun!
Track Your Progress
I use Goodreads to track the books I’ve read, I am currently reading and what I want to read in the future (add me here). You can track your progress by updating your shelf with what page you’re on or simply indicating when you’ve finished a book. I love being able to look back at what I’ve read throughout the year and rate books as I go. If you don’t want to use Goodreads, then just keep a running list of books you’ve read on your phone or in a notebook. Just like crossing something off of your to-do list, it’s very satisfying to check off the books you’ve read.
Those are all the tips I have for you today. I hope this post inspired you to read more! Let me know if you have any other tips or tricks. I’d love to know. Feel free to leave any book recommendations below as well.