How to Read More Books

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How to Read More Books

With all of the distractions of the modern world, it can be hard to find time to read. But you should still try and fit some reading time in, especially if you want to keep your mind sharp. Here are 7 simple ways to read more.

 

Don't make massive reading goals

 

You don't need to read an entire book or finish a chapter every night before bed, that's just setting yourself up for failure. Instead, plan out short reading sessions throughout the day. Try and spend 10 minutes reading over your lunch break, or maybe 5-10 minutes on the train ride to work each morning.

 

Keep your goals private

 

There's no point telling all of your friends that you're going to become a bookworm, they will just laugh at you. You'll never reach your reading goals if you tell everyone about them. Keep your goal to yourself and work towards it in secret, don't let other people hold you back!

 

Quit books you don’t enjoy

 

If you've been reading a book for an hour and not enjoying it, why waste any more time on it? It's pretty easy to tell whether or not you will enjoy a book within the first couple of chapters, so if those don't catch your interest don't continue reading.

 

Read books that you actually enjoy

 

The whole point of reading is to have fun, so why would you read a book that you won’t enjoy just because other people tell you to. Don’t worry about the bestsellers list or blogs like ‘you must read these before you die or everyone will think you’re stupid!’ Find the genre you enjoy and don’t worry what other people think. Ask a bookseller for recommendations – they should be able to help you out based on what you have enjoyed in the past.

 

Make reading part of your job

 

If you're at work, then you really have no excuse not to read. Talk to your boss and tell them that you need to read more about your industry. For example, if you work in the heavy equipment transport industry, read books on moving machinery or equipment.

 

Always have a book with you

 

You never know when you're going to have a few minutes of free time, so spend that time reading instead of playing with your phone. Keep your keys in one hand and a book in the other so you'll always be prepared for any spare moments during the day.

 

If you don't want to set aside time out of your day for reading, then borrow it from something else. Cut back on the time you spend playing video games or watching TV and read a book instead. At the least, you could listen to audiobooks as a way of getting back into reading.

 

Take part in reading challenges

 

If you've already taken some of these steps and still don't read enough then participating in a reading challenge might be the motivation you need. If you join a reading contest, then you will be motivated to fit in more reading time.

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