Discover how to read more books with less time using these librarian approved tips and motivational tricks!
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If anyone knows how to read more books, it’s a librarian. If anyone knows how to read more books without actually having the time, it’s a librarian who was working full time, raising two children, planning a cross country move, and trying to also run a blog.
With all of my free time (hah!) as a now stay at home mom, I’ve written up my insider tips and tricks that I recommended to get even the most reluctant reader reading.
How to Make Time to Read More Books
Always Have a Book With You
Throw it in your oversized diaper bag. What’s one more thing? Consider it #selfcare.
Read In the Morning and Before Bed
Grab your morning coffee and read some poetry or short passages. Read a chapter while you chill out with your nightly glass of red. Have a second in the interest of reading more.
Read Instead of Scrolling – Get a Reading App
Instead of scrolling through social media while you’re at the doctor, try reading. Insider tip: many libraries offer free books through a downloadable overdrive account. And they’re free.
Listen to a Book
Listening to books is like hands free reading. Read while you cook. While you clean or fold laundry. Read in the car on your way to the wine store. Don’t judge me that, until recently, I still used CDs in my car.
Audiobooks are on FIRE lately. Spoken word apps and programs like Audible, Amazon’s audio book collection, make listening to books so accessible it’s kind of hard not to read.
Use the Links Below to Try Audible for Free or Gift an Audible Membership
Join a Book Club
No matter what they’re reading, book clubs all have one thing in common. People want to read more, and socialize more. It’s kind of like a workout partner. Book clubs keep you in check!
Find a Book Challenge
Who doesn’t love a good challenge. Goodreads, for example, hosts annual challenges in which you set the parameters for how much you want to read. You’re able to connect online with other readers, read reviews, and join their hosted challenges as well.
Try Non Fiction
Not everyone is into novels and bestsellers. Nonfiction provides material on real, relatable topics that you might be passionate about. Think biographies, self help, history exposés, sports stories…
Stop Reading Books You Don’t Like
You’re not going to be excited to pick up a book you’re not enjoying. More often than not, you’ll feel obligated to finish it and force yourself into a reading stalemate. Just DNF the book down and find something more enjoyable.
For me, nothing sparks joy like listening to a good historical fiction novel while sipping my white Bordeaux. Sorry Marie Kondo, I’m not decluttering my bookshelf anytime soon. Or my wine rack.
Did these tips help you make time to read more? What would you add to this list?
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