Before starting out this book blog, I had just one very pressing concern: how to read more books a week. After all, what’s a book blog without a regular publication of book reviews? I hate to admit it but ever since I became responsible for my own finances, I found it painfully challenging to read more books. I was uncomfortable with reading just one book a month when I used to devour one in a few days. Needless to say, I was barely keeping up with my own reading resolutions.
… And I blamed it all on my poverty of time.
I had a job that ate away my personal hours, making my mind run an endless marathon on a daily basis. And when I do get the chance to read, I find myself simply too tired to keep up. I doze off to sleep immediately after the 30-minute mark – or an hour if I keep my fighting spirit up.
Why You Should Read More Books
As a book lover, no one would ever have to explain to you why you need to read more books. Personal preferences aside, scientific research also says that reading more often can improve one’s focus. And let’s not forget – it’s through reading that we get to expand our vocabulary. Those of you who would love to publish their own book in the future, I hope you read that well.
I strive to finish at least one novel a week and for many people, that is hardly a walk in the park. No matter how much I would love to inspire everyone to start reading regularly, I’m doubtful if everyone is willing to take on a reading challenge. But here’s one thing I’m sure of: I know a lot of people would love to be able to read more books. So I’ve come up with a few tactics to help all of us get into the habit of reading more. Read on below to find out what they are…
Want To Read More Books A Week? Here are 7 Ways How:
1. Ditch The Books You Don’t Like
DNF-ing a book is never pleasant. I used to think that some novels are like cakes with a delicious center. The outside might be plain but almost always, there’s a beautiful surprise that’s hidden somewhere. I liked waiting for that moment when I discover that hidden gem but now that I’ve thought about it, I’ve probably wasted a lot of my time digging through all that cake instead of savoring every bite.
Lesson learned: if you want to read more, invest your time reading the good stuff. The guilt of not finishing a book has lesser damage than the regret of wasting your time on something that isn’t worth it. After reading a great book, you’ll want to reach out for a second one.
2. Be Open To Suggestions
As the old adage goes, “never judge a book by its cover”. I would like to add to that and say that we shouldn’t judge a book by its genre as well. The beauty of literature is in its flexibility to mix different genres together. Many of us shy away from genres or authors we aren’t familiar with. But in doing so, we miss out on the fun of finding our next favorite story.
Give yourself the chance to explore different worlds and various forms of writing. When you allow yourself to get curious about what’s available out there, your options will grow. Next thing you know it, you’re left with a long list of books to be read – enough for the next 52 weeks.
3. Record Your Progress
Taking note of the books you read isn’t a way for you to brag how well-read you are. But if a little sense of accomplishment motivates you to read more books, then perhaps this is the best tool for you. If you haven’t signed up for a Goodreads account yet, it is a very good place to start. Not only will you be able to record the books you read, you can also discover new books and connect with other book lovers too.
If you are on Goodreads, it’s high time that you use its functions to your benefit. Go the extra mile and write reviews of your own. Interact with other people on the site and allow yourself to get inspired by other readers as well.
4. Join A Book Club You’d Enjoy
Book clubs give an invaluable opportunity to discover new books and to share your thoughts with a group of friends. Not only is it a great avenue for you to expand as a reader, your membership entails accountability. Your club members can help you stay on track of your reading habits and motivate you to keep going. They know that the ending is worth it and they don’t want you to miss it.
Joining a book club is a great option for someone who is struggling with consistency. I know this all too well and that is why I have decided to create The Page Turner Book Club. If you love thrillers and mystery novels, you are always free to join us.
5. Take Advantage Of Your Free Time
While we may all seem busy, there are definitely small pockets of time in our daily lives that were wasted on doing nothing. The commute to school or work, the long wait before your dental appointment or even when you’re waiting for a friend at a cafe – all of these could have been used for reading.
Get into the habit of reading whenever possible wherever you go. If you find that carrying a book everywhere to be a hassle, opt for an ebook reader or load the ebook file onto your smartphone or tablet. If you can spend a few minutes on social media or on a mobile game, you can surely spare some of your time on a book.
6. Create A Reading Schedule
There was a time when I wished for longer hours in a day just so that I could do all the things I want to in one day. But if you think about it, 24 hours is quite a lot of time. We all have the same number of hours in a day but how we choose to spend it is what makes the difference.
I could blame it all on my job for not having enough time on my hands. But if I cut off my time watching shows on Netflix, I would have an hour for reading. Instead of waiting for time to be handed out to us, we should be making time for the things that matter most. Set a clear reading schedule and stick to it.
7. Pay A Visit To Your Local Library
Sometimes, all it takes is a change of environment. I could read pretty much everywhere but it definitely gets tough for me to read for long hours at a cafe. And what better place to read books than your local library? When available, try paying a visit and immerse yourself in books. The wide array of books promises a lot of options and the best part? You get to read them for free. Now there’s definitely no excuses left for not reading.
My hometown in the Philippines didn’t have a public library that was readily accessible. But now, I’m very grateful to be in a country where libraries are made the heart of community building. Even in the countryside, the library is still full of life even in the weekend. Whenever I get tired of reading the book I’m on, I take a leisurely walk around the library – I just know there’s something interesting out there waiting to be discovered.
What Are Your Reading Goals?
If you’re on this blog post, chances are you are looking for some ways to read more books than you normally do. What are your reading goals and how do you plan to go about it? Share your story with me in the comments below.