How to Read More Often

Oh man oh man, 2017 has not been my year for reading. I was out of the routine of it, and couldn’t get back into it. Even after I had finished a book and was super into reading, I fell out of the routine of reading almost immediately.

I’m wise enough to know to take the ebs and flows when you’re in them, but also wise enough to know that reading is something I truly love doing and want to bring back into my life in more ways.

Thus, a few ways I’m going to try to bring it back into my life:

HAVE A GOAL
Every year I try to have a goal for the number of books I’d like to read each year. Goodreads is a great app to use to create a reading list, reading goal, and measure yourself against it. The first thing I do when I finish a book is mark it complete on Goodreads! Right now, I’m seeing if I can catch up since I’m so behind on the year – I’ve only read 11 books towards my 20 book goal for the year!

BUILD IT INTO YOUR NIGHTLY ROUTINE
I’m working on my nightly routine being more relaxing and without technology, so adding reading to the mix is a no-brainer. I’m going to try to add just fifteen minutes a night as I’m going to bed, leaving my phone across the room.

BUILD IT INTO YOUR COMMUTE
Over the last year I’ve become more into podcasts and the regular radio since I’ve been commuting by car, but soon I’ll be making the switch back to public transport commuter life. My plan is to use my morning commute with podcasts and my evening commute with reading. One option is also trying books on tape from the library, which I just tried for the first time on a long drive from Philly today!

HAVE A WEEKEND/STAYCATION/VACATION WITH A BOOK
Winter is coming, and that means a lot of time indoors for me here in Boston. When I get in a book funk, I try to binge read something easy and light to get back into the routine, usually over the course of a few days. This usually reminds me that I love reading and provides the jumpstart to keep going.

USE THE LIBRARY DEADLINES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Nothing like a little deadline to force you into reading more often! Besides saving money, the library deadlines also force you to read faster than you might have if you were reading a book you own.

BE IN A BOOK CLUB
See if your friends are up for starting a book club, or if current friends already have one you might want to be a part of. If a monthly book club seems like too much of a hassle, try it out even once a quarter with a few friends, or as a way to keep in touch with friends far away. I’m going to try doing a book club with college friends through Google hangouts as an excuse to “get together” since we can’t often.

DON’T READ WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO READ
Life is too short to read a book you’re not into. I am NOT good at this – I’m usually one to finish a book I’ve started – but it really does take me out of the love of reading. If you find yourself not reading because you just don’t like the book, don’t force it. Also, all the more reason to use the library!

What other tips do you have for trying to read more often?

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