How to read more: 10 easy steps

September 26, 2019

Do you want to read more but never seem to have the time? Are you failing miserably at getting through all the books you wanted to read this year? Here are 10 tips to increase your reading every single day. 

Always have a book with you 

You never know when you're going to have a spare few minutes to get some reading done, and the only way you'll achieve that is by having a book with you at all times! You could invest in an e-reader to make travelling with a book easier, or stick to a good old paper copy.

Schedule an hour a day for reading 

There are plenty of ways to get at least an hour of reading done a day. Read for half an hour when you get up, and half an hour before you go to sleep - this is a sure fire way to get through a good number of pages every day.

Set up a Goodreads challenge

A lot of people find that it's easier to set their mind to something when they are working towards a specific goal. So set a target of how many books you want to read in a year on Goodreads to spur on your reading! (Add me on Goodreads here).

Keep a TBR list/pile 

Adding more and more books to your TBR may seem more focused on shopping/library-hunting, but it's a good way to get excited for upcoming reads, which will make you get through your current ones faster.

DNF books you're not enjoying

Trying to push through a boring book is only going to put you off reading altogether and slow down your progress. Nobody likes accepting defeat, but don't waste time - move onto your next read!

Listen to audiobooks

If you're pushed for time and need to multitask to get some reading done, audiobooks are a perfect way to achieve this. They're also a great solution for people who want to read on their commute but get motion sickness (like me!).

Read books you know you'll enjoy

This one may seem obvious, but it's important to keep in mind. There's still a lot of snobbery around what type of books are the best - but reading is reading. Don't try and force yourself to tackle War and Peace or The Count of Monte Cristo if it's not your thing - romance and thriller novels are equally valid reading choices.

Join a book club

Making reading a social activity holds you to a schedule as well as giving you new insights into a book which you may not have thought of yourself. The power of the internet also means you can get this kind of bookish interaction from your phone - I love reading all the different comments on my Instagram about books I'm currently reading. It's not a coincidence that I've never read more since starting my blog!

Limit your screen time

No one can say they don't have time to read when they spend hours every day on their phone. Cutting down on your screen time, whether through scheduling time away from technology, or setting app limits on your phone, is a great way to free up time that you can use to read instead.

Use reading sprints

Reading sprints are a great little hack for getting a large amount of reading done in a short time. Find a quiet space and set a timer for 15-30 minutes on your phone and read until your alarm goes off. You'll be surprised at how much you'll read when you concentrate on nothing else, and the pages will soon start to add up.

Of course, the amount you read is always going to be up and down depending how busy you are, but start using some of these tips, and I promise you'll be reading more in no time! Do you have any reading tips of your own to share?

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