Last month I read a whopping 13 books, and someone messaged me to ask how I can read so much. I already had the idea of this post in my head, but now I wanted to finish it. The tips below are all things I do on a regular basis and they are really the reasons why I read a fair amount of books.
Before I list my tips though, I do feel like I should mention some things. Firstly, I barely watch TV. All my evenings are filled with reading. Secondly, I read pretty fast which also helps me to read a lot. These tips will definitely help you to read more (if I may say so myself), but don’t forget to enjoy reading! Don’t stare too much at the number of books you read every month, because I can promise you that there is always someone out there who reads more and this is supposed to be a hobby, not your job.
Take a book with you everywhere you go
I’m going to start with an obvious one: take a book everywhere you go. Whether you know you’ll have some down time for reading or not, just take it with you. You never know when you suddenly find yourself some time to kill and then you have something productive to do!
Schedule some uninterrupted reading time
Can’t seem to find the time to read regularly? Schedule in some uninterrupted reading time! Start somewhere easy like reading for half an hour before bed every night. Or make it a little more challenging, and go out on a coffee date with your book every week.
To make it truly uninterrupted, set the alarm clock of your phone and don’t stop reading until it goes off. That way you help yourself to stay away from your apps or Netflix. (… For a little while…) For everyone with an iPhone, the Bookly app (used to be called Book Out) looks like an interesting app. You can track your hours read and challenge yourself to read daily. Us Android users will have to wait a little though before we’re able to use it (*ugly crying*).
Know what you want to read next
The reason why I’ve been able to fly through so many books the last couple of weeks is that I always knew what book I was going to read next. In order to keep up with all my reading challenges, I need to plan out which book to read next and it’s been helping me to quickly finish the book I’m reading (OMG after this one I can read THAT AWESOME BOOK), and immediately pick up the next one. Before, I didn’t know which book to read next, so I didn’t always start a new book quickly.
Participate in a readathon once in a while
If you REALLY want to boost your reading, you can participate in a readathon. It doesn’t matter if you do a week-long, 24-hour or any other readathon, you’ll definitely read a lot more in that period. And who knows, maybe you’ll learn some tricks to incorporate some readathon-philosophy in your daily life?!
Catriona from Little Book Owl keeps an extensive readathon calendar where you can always find a readathon to participate in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t just randomly do a readathon for yourself when you want to. If you’ve never done one before, I personally think the 24 in 48 Readathon is a good place to start. It’s not a very long one, it’s perfectly doable and not a massive challenge like a 24-hour one (says the girl who failed last time…) and you’ll have some room to breath.
What do you think of my tips? Do you have any other you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!