There are so many benefits to reading. It’s a way to escape, gain knowledge, and improve your mind and mental health. I’ve prioritized reading over the last few years, but with the pandemic and having to spend more time isolating at home this year, reading has taken on another life of its own. If you want to up your reading game, I’m confident you’ll find these 12 easy ways to read more books very helpful.
How To Read More Books and Accomplish Your Reading Goals
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1. Read multiple books at a time.
It might sound crazy to read multiple books simultaneously, but it’s easier than you might think. I usually have three books going at a time. One hard copy, one I’m listening to on Audible and one that I’m reading on my Kindle Paperwhite. The key is to have them be different styles and genres from each other. You might have one that’s more self-development, another one that’s Fiction and another that’s more of a Memoir or how-to type book. That way, it doesn’t affect the reading or get confusing when going from one book to another.
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2. Set a reading goal per day.
At the beginning of the week, I’ll give myself an objective for one or all of the books I’m reading. For example, I might set a goal of reading a chapter a day. The important thing is to be realistic with how much you can and will read every day. It’s not about how many pages you can read every day, but ensuring you are reading some pages every day and keeping the momentum going.
When I open a book for the first time, I like to see how it is divided. I look to see if the chapters are short or more on the longer side or there are sections within the different chapters.
I find that setting a goal and feeling like I’m hitting a milestone every day, whether it’d be a chapter or a section, or just a page a day is helpful.
3. Dedicate time to reading every day.
Once you’ve set a daily reading goal, it’s important to find time in your schedule that you dedicate daily to reading. I find it helpful if it’s part of a routine. For example, I dedicate time to reading every morning as part of my morning routine. I also read every night before bed. I’m usually able to meet my reading goals every day between those two times in the day.
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4. Have your book with you at all times.
You never know when you might have time to spare, be waiting for an appointment at the doctor’s office or have time to read a few pages. It’s good to carry your book with you if there is an unexpected time throughout the day that you could read a few pages. Over time, it adds up. If you have an e-reader (I highly recommend it, check out #5), it’s even easier to carry around.
5. Get a reading tablet.
For years I refused even to consider buying a reading tablet. I love having a bookshelf and holding a physical book in my hands.
I caved on buying the Kindle Paperwhite after watching a review from Ali Abdaal on Youtube and finding out that you can highlight sections you like or things you want to return to later (game changer!). It’s waterproof (suitable for reading in the bath!), super thin, and light.
Because of how compact it is, you could easily have it in the bag you carry with you daily and have it at the ready if you’re ever waiting in line or have a free moment.
6. Listen to your book when doing other things.
I love audiobooks because you can listen to your book when you’re in the car, walking to work, walking your dog, or doing chores. It’s unbelievable how all those little moments add up, and next thing you know, you will have finished a book in no time.
By the way, if you don’t have Apple Airpods yet, I urge you to consider getting some. I have them with me at all times, and whenever there’s an opportunity to put them on, I take them to listen to my audiobook.
7. Listen to your Audiobook at double speed.
I love the ability to increase the speed of my audiobook. Depending on what kind of book you’re listening to and how focused you want to be, you may want to consider adjusting the speed to x1.5 or x2. I usually save my fiction type of books for audio, making it easier to listen faster. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can listen to a book when on double speed, especially when doing other things like walking your dog, cooking, cleaning, in the car, etc.
8. It’s okay not to finish a book.
Life’s too short. If you’re not enjoying the book you’re reading, you don’t have to finish it. If you’re not feeling the book, you’re reading, and it’s making you less excited about reading, don’t finish it. This is hard for me too. I always worry that I might miss out, but maybe it’ll get better if I keep going. What ends up happening when we do that is that next thing you know, we’ve lost complete interest in reading, and we’re now reading a lot fewer books.
9. Read instead of scrolling.
It happens to the best of us – we open the Instagram app just to see what’s going on for a few minutes, and next thing you know, you’ve been scrolling for at least an hour, maybe (probably a lot longer). And more often than not, this happens a few times a day.
Imagine all the pages you could’ve read in that same amount of time. When I want to spend some time reading, I’ll try leaving my phone in another room, that way I don’t unconsciously grab my phone and start mindlessly scrolling. When I’m ready for bed, and as part of my morning routine, I started leaving my phone in the kitchen. This has allowed me to dedicate more time to reading.
10. Find a book club that you like.
I started following a few book club accounts at the beginning of the year to get book recommendations. It’s been great. It’s like having reading buddies online.
I have personally really been enjoying Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. There hasn’t been a book they have recommended that I have read that I didn’t enjoy.
11. Utilize Goodreads.
Goodreads is an excellent resource for readers to search for books and read reviews. My favorite feature is having a place that tracks all the books you’ve read. They have a neat feature where every year, you can set book reading challenge for yourself.
As you start a new book, you can also add it to your library and track your progress. There’s also a Friends feature where you can see what they are reading and get ideas from them.
12. Have your next book ready.
Keep a list of all the book recommendations you’re coming across. You could add them to your ‘Want to read’ Goodreads list, or to your wishlist of your favorite book provider’s website. If you’re following book clubs on Instagram or book reviewers or people that tend to recommend books, you can use the save feature and create a Book recommendation folder for future reference.
I usually have 2-3 books in the queue at home in my bookshelf, waiting for me to pick them up. I like having a couple of options to choose from at my disposal as soon as I’m done reading a book.
13. Have Your Local Library in Your Pocket
Libraries have always been a great resource for books, but now they offer so much more than just books! With Hoopla and Libby, you can have your local library in your pocket. These app-based services allow you to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, and TV shows directly from your mobile device.
Best of all, they’re free to use with your library card! So if you’re looking for something new to read, from graphic novels to short stories, to contemporary romance, be sure to check out Hoopla or Libby the next time you’re at your local library.
14. Get the Blinkist App
Have you ever wished you could get the key insights from a bestseller without actually reading the entire book? With Blinkist, you can. Blinkist is an app that offers concise, 15-minute explainers of insights from over 4,500 bestselling nonfiction titles. Read more books with the reading app with a 7 day free trial here.
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Final Thoughts on Incorporating More Reading Time Into Your Reading Life
We all have busy lives, and it can sometimes be tough to try and find more time. I hope you got some inspiration from this list that I’m hoping you might incorporate into your day-to-day routine.
If you’re looking for inspiration on more lifestyle books to read, whether it’s self help books (self improvement books), could be on self confidence or how to be more in the present moment, there is a self help book out there that you’ll love! Simply check out all my book list recommendations here.