I know that most of us would like to read more. That’s why I see so many other bloggers setting goals for new years, like reading 3 books a month or 100 in a year! Still, anyone who is at a job or school full time knows how much of a struggle it is to balance work and chores with reading… especially since at 9pm that binge-worthy TV show can look so much more appealing than a paperback.
Want to start reading more this year? Here are my favorite tips for reaching your literary goals!
1. Embrace the Audiobook
Audiobooks are seriously my favorite thing ever… next to podcasts. They’re the #1 reason why I’m still able to consume books at a steady pace, despite my adult responsibilities. They’re perfect to throw on in the car, at the gym, walking the dog, and while doing chores like laundry and dishes. Here are my recommendations for listening newbies.
2. Only Read Books That Grab Your Attention
Life is too short to slog through a book that you feel like you “should” read (I’m looking at you, Tolstoy) or a book that winds up being pretty boring 100 pages in. Don’t be embarrassed to pick up a trashy fantasy or romance novel! Reading is supposed to be fun and bring us joy. If you’re procrastinating picking up that novel, it’s probably not for you. And “engrossing” doesn’t need to mean “not educational.” Check out my favorite easy to read non-fiction books and captivating autobiographies.
3. Clean Up Your Bookshelf
A dirty bookshelf that’s filled with so-so novels will make it harder to pick out your next selection. Start by cleaning out your bookshelf using my tips, then make a pile of the next books you want to read. That way when you put a finished paperback down, the next ones are right there, ready to go!
4. Sign Up for a Book Subscription Service
You know how signing up for a $50 gym membership encourages you to go, just so you don’t waste money? If you prefer to read books on your Kindle or iPad, a e-book subscription service means that you have thousands of book options at the touch of your finger for just a few bucks a month. In my 6 subscription services that are worth it post, I shared my love for Kindle Unlimited, although these days I’m also a huge fan of Scribd.
5. Use Your Favorite Books to Find More Books
Think of a book, a popular book, that you absolutely loved, and use that book as a jumping off point! Either you can google “Books like the Golden Compass,” or head to Amazon.com, look up that book, and scroll down to “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” for more ideas. I also love using Goodreads for this purpose. Either look for similar books, in a similar way to Amazon, or take advantage of the lists people put together. And, heads up, Harry Potter Fans – you’ll love this list of similar books that I put together last year!
How do you make reading a priority? Do you have a goal of books that you want to read this year?