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Are you looking for tips on how to read more this year? Iâ€™ve got you covered!
I have always enjoyed reading, but it wasn’t until part of the way through 2020 that I really got back into the hobby of reading and increased the number of books I read.
I went from reading a couple of books per month to reading 70+ books per year.
In 2020 I read 73 books total, and in 2021 I am on track to finish 70 books.
How to Read More This Year
So how exactly did I do it? It wasn’t hard, but it did require some adjustments to my habits and routines. If you’re ready to start reading more, this should help you get started.
These are tips and tricks that helped me start reading more and add reading back into my daily routine. If you want to read more books this year, these easy tips should work for you too.
1. Read ebooks
Recently I started getting ebooks to read on my phone. Iâ€™ve always been a big fan of physical books, and I still amâ€¦ but I canâ€™t deny the convenience of ebooks! I read almost everything on my phone now, but you can also read ebooks on a Kindle or tablet.
It’s so much more portable than physical books. This was especially useful for me because I spent the entire past year traveling and living out of a suitcase. So with ebooks, I was able to read as much as I wanted without having to carry around a bunch of heavy books!
If you want to start reading more ebooks, you can get a free trial of Kindle Unlimited which gives you 30 days of unlimited reading on any device for over two million books.
2. Try audiobooks
I donâ€™t personally listen to audiobooks, because I donâ€™t like listening as much as reading, but I know so many people who LOVE audiobooks! Especially if you already listen to music and podcasts frequently, you may enjoy listening to audiobooks too.
This is great for listening on the go, such as on your daily commute to work or while exercising.
If you want to give audiobooks a try, you can get a free trial of AudibleÂ which gives you 30 days of unlimited listening to more than 10,000 audiobooks plus one free premium title.
3. Read wherever you go
Try to always have a book on your person (whether thatâ€™s a physical book or an ebook on your device) so you can read everywhere you go, whenever you have some spare time. I always pull out my book anytime Iâ€™m on public transit or even waiting in line somewhere.
Even if you just have 5 to 10 minutes of downtime (and thatâ€™s time you would normally spend scrolling through your phone!) make yourself read instead and soon it will become a natural habit.
4. Replace other habits with reading
To be honest, a big part of the reason I was able to start reading so much more is that I cut out other habits and replaced them with reading. Before I started reading more, I was spending HOURS a day scrolling through TikTok (such a big time-waster) or watching TV shows.
Now I never do those things, because Iâ€™m spending that time reading instead! You have to make a commitment to cut out other habits and replace them with reading, but itâ€™s worth it.
5. Track your reading
Last year I started using GoodreadsÂ to track my reading.
Goodreads is a website that allows you to track your reading by creating â€œshelvesâ€ with books youâ€™ve read and books you want to read. You can also rate and review books youâ€™ve read, track your progress towards your reading goal, get book recommendations, and see stats and data about your reading. This website is a great way to get excited about reading again!
I have found Goodreads to be incredibly motivating when it comes to reading more! I love being able to organize and rate all the books Iâ€™ve read and see my progress towards my yearly reading goal. Not to mention, it’s been great for finding new books to read.
6. Read before bed
Youâ€™ve probably heard a million times that reading before bed is good for you and helps you sleep. Well, itâ€™s true! Reading before bed for a little while is a habit anyone can start.
If youâ€™re like most people, you probably spend some time before bed on your phone or laptop. I know I used to spend hours scrolling once I was in the bed.
Now, I spend that time reading instead, and itâ€™s when I get most of my reading done (also in the morning right when I wake up.)
7. Set a reading goal
It wasnâ€™t until 2019 when I made the FIRM goal to read 24 books that it actually happened.
I’ve been making annual reading goals ever since then.
Set a concrete goal (not just a vague resolution to â€œread moreâ€) and write that somewhere you will see it and can track your progress. For me, I wrote it in the first page of my planner.
You can also set your reading goal on Goodreads and track your progress towards it throughout the year.
Whether your goal is to read one book a month or one book a week, get specific with it and write it down (itâ€™s been proven you are more likely to reach it that way!)
8. Read what you enjoy
Donâ€™t worry about reading books you think you â€œshouldâ€ read, because that will just make reading a chore. I know for a while there, I was reading books because they were popular or award-winning and I felt like I â€œshouldâ€ read them. But that didnâ€™t always mean I liked them.
Then I discovered that I LOVE reading fantasy. Once I found a genre I really liked, I started flying through books compared to when I would pick something up only because it was popular.
9. Join a book club or reading challenge
Finally, while this is not something I have tried yet myself, a lot of people get motivated to read more by joining a book club or reading challenge with others.
Books clubs are great if you want some peer pressure to read (and to discuss what youâ€™re reading with others.) And reading challenges like theÂ PopSugar Reading ChallengeÂ makes a game into what you read for the year with different themed reading prompts to fulfill.
10. Donâ€™t put pressure on yourself
The final tip I have for how to read more is to not put too much pressure on yourself.
Donâ€™t set a goal of reading 100 books in a year if that seems unrealistic, because then you’ll start feeling the pressure to read all the time.
Itâ€™s better to set a small, easily achievable reading goal to start with, whether that is one book a month or one book a week.
Reading should be fun! It shouldnâ€™t feel like a chore because you feel like you â€œhaveâ€ to finish a certain number of books. So donâ€™t put too much pressure on yourself about how much you read.
How to Read More: Final Thoughts
This is how I started reading more and read 70+ in a year. If you want to start reading more, I hope these tips will help you prioritize reading and make it part of your daily routine.
It can take a little effort at the beginning, but like setting any habit, once you get into the groove by doing it consistently for a couple of weeks, it will become second nature!
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