If you read my TBR blog post this week, you would know I have set myself a goal of 30 books to read this year. This would potentially be the most books I would ever read in a year – but it is something I am aiming towards! I’ve always adored reading but I have always struggled reading a lot of books because I am a very busy person. I work full time, 9-6, Monday to Friday and my weekends are usually busy spending time with family/catching up on life, so fitting in time to read can be hard.
However, over the past few months, I have managed to read a lot more books than I normally would. So I decided I’m going to share the tips I have to you wonderful people and hopefully help you read a lot more books!
1. Listen to Audiobooks
I really do think audiobooks are a hidden gem in the world of literature. They’re wonderful because you can fit them into so many parts of your day. Recently, I’ve been listening to mine while I’m on the bus to work, or when I’m walking, sometimes even when I’m at work. When I have a lot of things to get done I just plug my earphones in and listen to a story while I get on with stuff. It’s my way of switching off from the world and stopping myself getting distracted by various things going on in the office. I can’t overstate how much audiobooks have increased my reading – I can’t recommend them enough.
2. Read the books you want to read
This can be hard, especially for bookworms (like me) but make sure you pick up the books that intrigue you or you know you’re going to enjoy – rather than just because of the hype. Getting hung up on a book you don’t love or a book you think you should read even though you don’t want to is a sure way to slow down your reading. It will make you dread reading, which isn’t the best way motivation tactic. Of course, it’s important to branch out into new genres and read outside your normal comfort zone but make sure you read books you know you have a high chance of enjoying. If you pick up the books you’re really excited about, you’re going to be a lot more motivated to read.
3. Always carry a book with you
You’d be surprised at the number of situations that people find themselves in that would be perfect if you just bought a book with you. Sitting in the doctors waiting room? Read a book. Lunch break at work? Read a book. On the bus? Read a book. Phone battery dead? Read a book. As you can probably guess by now, the list is endless. Download e-reader apps. Buy cheap e-books. Download audiobooks. Even bring your physical copy. You’ll thank yourself later!
4. Don’t be afraid to DNF
If you’re not enjoying a book, PUT IT DOWN. It’s that simple! It’s not a good idea to just read it for the sake of finishing the story. It will ruin your relationship with reading and it’s just not worth it in the long run. If it bothers you that much, just put the book down for a while and come back to it in the future so you can get started on something you know you’re going to enjoy. Life is too short to read bad books.
5. Use your library!
This is probably the most simple tip out of them all. Libraries are seriously undervalued and need to be appreciated more. In a library, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of FREE books that you can borrow. This can help you avoid the costs that books have, as reading can become a very expensive habit.
I hope these tips helped! As always, you can follow me on Goodreads to see what I’ve been reading lately!