We all know just how beneficial reading is to our minds and bodies. It’s no wonder learning how to read more books is at the top of many people’s New Year’s resolutions list. Even if you’ve landed here in June, there is no time like the present to make space for more reading time.
We’ve come up with six must-know tips that’ll help you discover how to read more books. Let’s get started.
1. Make reading a part of your daily routine
One of the best ways to read more long-term is to incorporate reading time into your daily routine. For example, instead of checking your email and social media feeds while you eat breakfast, read instead. Go to bed 20 minutes earlier and use that time to read. Bring a book to work and sneak in a chapter or two during your lunch break or on your commute.
2. Always have a book handy
Pop a book in your backpack or handbag and discover just how much time you’ve been wasting not reading. If you have a book handy, you can pick it up in the doctor’s waiting room or at the bus stop. If you don’t always have a bag with you, download a couple of audiobooks or ebooks onto your phone.
3. Know that listening to audiobooks isn’t cheating
You’ve heard of multitasking, right? What if you could read and cook dinner, work out, or even clean your house at the same time? With audiobooks, you can. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that listening to books is cheating. It isn’t! It’s a highly effective way of squeezing more reading time into your day.
4. Start a new book straight away
When you finish a really, really good book, starting a new book can be a challenge. It’s as if you’re suffering from some kind of book hangover. Our advice: begin reading a new book as soon as possible. Otherwise, you might find yourself holding off for weeks or months.
5. Branch out into new genres
Are you a fantasy fanatic? Try reading an autobiography. Do you tend to stick with literary fiction? Why not pick up a crime novel? Changing up the genres you read can help keep your enthusiasm for reading high.
6. Join a book club
Book clubs are an excellent way to hold yourself accountable – no one wants to get called out for not finishing the month’s pick. Not only are you more likely to keep on top of your reading goals, but you’ll also feel more engaged in the process. Conversing with other book-lovers can help you identify what it is precisely that you enjoy about a particular author’s writing style, for example.