Saturday, September 22

How To Read More Than Ever Before - Tips To Ace Your Reading Goals


Is your goal increase the amount you read? To read more than ever before? Fantastic, you came to the right place! Today, I'm going to share a couple of tips for reading more, hoping they'll be as helpful for you as they are for me. 

But before that, let me just clarify that the amount you read is entirely up to you - you can be an avid reader if you read 5, 10, 40, 100 or 300 books a year. The amount really does not matter as long as you're doing something that - hopefully - makes you happy, or benefits you in some way. SO, this post is in no way to make you guilty for not reading "enough" - what the fuck is enough anyway? - but to mention some tips that could help you in squeezing in some reading time. :)




TIP #1: 
take a book, or whatever you're reading on, with you everywhere

You never know when an opportunity to read will arise - classes can be cancelled, people can be late, work can be more lax than usual. Moreover, if you use public transport, added together, those 15 minutes on the subway can make a massive difference in how much you read. Bonus that if you read on public transport, you don't have to worry you look like you're staring at people while struggling to find a place to look.

TIP #2:
set up a habit of reading

Sit down, and try to think of a part of your day when you are usually free and in an environment that's comfortable for you. For me this is the time I spend travelling by train to and from university, but it can generally be anything, e.g. the 20 minutes before going to bed, or after getting up in the morning.

TIP #3
... but *never* force yourself to read when you don't feel up to it

Obviously, if you have to read something for your studies or work that falls into a different category. But generally? Never ever push yourself into reading when you are not at all in the mood for it. For some, this can result in a reading slump, and that ain't something that will be helpful for your reading goals.

TIP #4:
learn to give up on books - or to skim what you dislike

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT! Forcing yourself to continue a book you hate might slow down your reading or turn you off reading completely, so abandoning books you dislike is good for you.

 If you're like me, and struggle with DNF-ing novels, I advice you to skim through those books that you don't enjoy. This way, you are giving them the benefit of the doubt, and can always go back to reading normally if they get better.

TIP #5:
limit distractions

Switch off everything that has the potential to distract you. I can shut out television, people's conversation and music perfectly. The thing that bothers me is the internet - for me, trying to read in front of my laptop or computer is near impossible; twitter, youtube, pinterest, the blog... these are forever making me put down my book.

TIP #6:
find the format that works best for you

I've checked out a couple of articles on this topic, looking for more ideas, and most of them claimed that the best format is physical novels, but... I don't fully agree with that. Surely, there are tons and tons of people who prefer physical novels, just as others prefer audio books or ebooks. 

My advice to you is to find whichever format works best for you - just one, two or all of them depending on the situation you're in. I like to read both physical and e-novels, and find that both have their pros and cons. I struggle to concentrate on audio books, but they're rather practical when you want to squeeze some reading in while driving or doing chores. 


TIP #7:
partake in reading challenges and read-a-thons


They are not for everyone, I'll give you that, but for many of us they can be a huge push to read more. This year, I'm participating in Beat the Backlist, and I'm definitely seeing that it's had a great influence on me reading more of my backlist titles. Meanwhile, read-a-thons such as the 24in48 read-a-thon can make you read a lot more than usual for a period of time. 

TIP #8:
read multiple books at once


This is something that definitely doesn't work for everyone, for those who love reading different stories at the same time it's perfect. Especially if you choose your current read's format based on practicalitybecause this way you can read three different formats at one time, and switch between them based on which is best for you at the moment. 

Let's chat.
Do you have any other tips? Do you utilize any of these?

18 comments:

  1. The moment I started skimming pointless parts in books my life was changed!! Lol, but seriously, sometimes novels will have paragraphs dedicated to things that are unnecessary or that I just don’t like, and I have no shame now in just skipping it and moving on. It saves me from just dnfing and doesn’t turn me off from reading!

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    1. EXACTLY!! I've recently read a thriller that was just okay, and while I rounded up my rating to 4 stars, because it was GOOD, I also skimmed through some parts. *shrugs*

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  2. Great tips! Cutting back on the amount of TV I watch helped me read more. I stopped watching a bunch of shows and no longer watch reruns. I read instead.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks! That's great way to free up some time for reading.

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  3. I don't do well juggling multiple books, but I do read every morning, at least an hour before I go to bed, and during my commute. I can usually read a book a day during the week, and I always bring my kindle with me. You never know when things will get boring.

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    1. Wow, that's A LOT, Sam - congrats!! I mostly end up reading around 3 books a week during university, more when I'm on a break.

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  4. Simply DNFing the book has helped me IMMENSELY! I don't go through as many reading slumps anymore because I'm not forcing myself to finish something I'm not enjoying. That way I can focus on something I do like.

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    1. SAME! Also, skimming is so helpful, when I'm enjoying a novel just not loving it & it has some unnecessary parts.

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  5. AI LIVE for reading multiple books. Usually I have an audiobook, physical book, and ebook doing at the same time.

    I'm the worst at giving up on books. I'm not even sure if I've DNF'd a book this year.

    Great tips!

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    1. Oh yes, same! And it's SO GREAT when I've been reading multiple books, and finish them around the same time & feel so accomplished haha.

      Thanks!

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  6. Excellent tops for reading more and definitely a list I want to give to people who claim they have no time to read. I think the best one is making a habit of reading. I fell out of the habit of reading on an evening and so for a good long while I stopped reading anywhere near as much. Now I like to try and make at least half an hour in the evening open for me reading a book because even that small amount of time really adds up and boosts my reading.

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    1. Thank you! I agree with you, I hate when people claim that. I mean, of course there are some people who work so much they really have little to no time, that happens. But then I have my fellow uni students on the same course as I am saying they "have no time to read" when they don't work etc. I'm always so confused haha. And yes, I totally agree - small amounts of time add up nicely.

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  7. This is a great list of tips. I think making reading a priority is probably the biggest tip for me. Also, the tip about giving up on a book when it's needed. If it takes me a long time to read a book and I'm not enjoying it, I tend to stop reading everything altogether so giving up on a book that isn't working for me is something that helps me stay out of a reading slump.

    Great post!

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    1. Knowing when to DNF is something I've struggled with A LOT, because I always want to believe that the book will get better. However, I've been getting better at it, and it does help SO MUCH.

      Thank you!

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  8. These are some great tips! In the last few years I've definitely got better at DNFing books, I used to feel really guilty when I did this but nowadays if I don't like a book within the first 100 pages or so then I'll probably DNF it. The internet is my biggest distraction as well!

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    1. Thanks! Same - I've been consistently getting better at DNF-ing, though I do still struggle with it sometimes. The internet is too tempting haha.

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  9. These are great tips! I always have my Kindle with me, and a purse big enough to fit a book into just in case I want to take a physical book that I'm reading and can't put down. I need work on the carving out time for reading, though. I tend to have days where I just read all day, and then I won't touch a book for a week if I feel stressed or overwhelmed with everything. I like to pair reading with my daily exercise, so I feel extra productive, and it helps me remember to fit it in every day. :) Also, when you hit that really interesting part and don't want to put the book down, you get a heck of a workout. xD

    I'm also really slowly leveling up my DNF skill. I actually just conceded and DNF'd a book this week at 36%, one I really thought I'd like. But after a week, I just didn't want to pick it up and found there were so many other books I was excited to read instead, so that's what I did. It's sort of sad to see a book go that way, but not all books will be my cup of tea, and that's okay. :)

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    1. Haha, I should definitely try to pair reading with my daily exercise - I absolutely suck at not forgetting - accidentally khm of course - to work out.

      Exactly! I don't love to DNF, but sometimes there is no other way to gain back my desire to read.

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