Reading more, that’s the dilemma every reader and non-reader alike faces. I know that I personally am always trying to read as much as I can due to my never ending to-read list.
With so much to do during the day, how are you supposed to make time to read more though? Especially when you have “important” tasks to do, and reading is something that you do for fun. I don’t know about you, but I feel guilty spending all day reading when I have things that I need to get done.
So, these are my tips for reading more, so that you can tackle your TBR list but also do important things like work and talk to people (although if you;d rather hole up in a comfy chair with a book all day I won’t judge you).
1. Listen to Audiobooks
I’ll be the first to admit that when audiobooks first started becoming popular I wasn’t interested in them at all. To me they seemed like the lazy way to read books, and I just wasn’t about that. BUT, I now love them.
Audiobooks are great because they let you read AND do other things like drive or chores. I listen to my audiobooks every day when I drive to and from work, and when I clean around the house I’ll put them in too. Sometimes if I’m really getting into a book I’ll go for a walk around my neighborhood just so I have an excuse to listen some more.
I personally use Hoopla to listen to my audiobooks because it goes through my library, so I am able to just borrow the audiobooks and then return them when I’m done.
2. Always carry a book
When I was in college I used to always have a book on my phone. I much prefer physical copies of books, but when I was going to class it was much easier to not have to worry about the extra weight. With the ebook on my phone, I was able to take advantage of any extra time I had before class started, or the time I was sitting on a bus going between campuses. Now I tend to always carry a book with me, and whenever I have free time before my family is ready to start a movie or before we go out shopping, I’ll sit and try to get a few pages in,
Basically, any time that you would otherwise go on your phone to pass the time you should instead spend reading a few pages. You may be surprised by how much you can read just from this!
3. Read multiple books at the same time
Depending on whether or not you’ll be able to keep all the different story lines straight, I definitely recommend you have multiple books going at the same time. Not only could this allow you to always have a book with you while leaving one at home, this also means that you never have to worry about forcing your way through a book. If you get bored with one book you can take a break from it while reading another, and get back to it when you’re feeling interested again.
I’m always reading 3 books. One that I keep at home (this is usually my own book that I don’t want to worry about messing up), one that I take with me when I go out (this is usually a library book), and my audiobook that I listen to in the car or while doing chores. With all these books I usually average finishing 2-3 books a week!
4. Watch less TV
I know, I know, easier said than done, but can you imagine how much more you’d be able to read if you cut your TV watching in half? I enjoy mindlessly watching TV as much as the next person, but if you really want to read some more books you should consider cutting back on your TV time.
5. Read a little every night before bed
Not only could doing this help you have a set time to read a little every day, but it could also help you fall asleep and set a nice pre-bedtime ritual. I try to read for at least 10 minutes every night, that way even if I can’t read during the day I know I have that time set aside for reading.
Those are my 5 tips! I hope you found some useful ideas in here, and if you have any tips of your own please share them in the comments, I’d love to hear them!