Most people want to read more.
Many people feel guilty they don’t read at all.
You don’t have to feel this way any longer.
I have several tips to bring reading back into your daily reality.
- Pick a book or two
This may seem obvious but chances are if you aren’t reading,
it might have to do with not having a book picked out.
Or you may have a book you have picked up several times to read
and you can’t seem to make any progress.
Put down that book and find another one.
You are an adult and you will not be punished for not finishing a book
you are not enjoying.
Determine if you like fiction or non-fiction.
Choose a book which interests you or one you keep hearing mentioned.
Start with a book that is less than 300 pages.
When you are trying to get back into a rhythm of reading, now is not the
time to read War and Peace.
Go to the library or to your favorite book store and look
at the staff recommendations.
Ask a friend what they are reading.
Post the question to Facebook for book titles.
Choose two books, begin one and if it doesn’t interest you,
start the other book.
- Be prepared and make a new habit
I used to fill my water bottle and leave it behind on the counter
instead of taking it in the car.
I would walk right back my reusable grocery bags and arrive
at the store without them.
It took countless attempts before I developed the habit of never
being without my water bottle and my grocery bags.
Get in the habit of carrying your book with you.
This is the best way to capture bonus minutes to read when you
least expect to find any time.
Waiting at the doctor’s office or for a child’s practice to end
are stolen moments to sneak a few pages.
There are any number to times when reading can be done
instead of scrolling our phone screens.
- Be an unspoken for time detective
No matter how busy we are, there is always
unspoken for time.
It’s the time when we sit back and watch television
or when we mindlessly click away on our computers.
It could be when we simply procrastinate.
Be ruthless and find those moments that don’t
belong to anything and cash them in for reading time.
I have heard just reading 15 minutes per day,
an average speed reader could read 20
books each year.
Got 15 minutes?
Mute the television.
Read during commercials.
- Drop Everything And Read
When my daughters were in school,
they practiced DEAR time or
Drop Everything and Read.
Lately I have been following this mantra while
Caleb logs his school reading minutes.
It normally occurs around the time
I should be making dinner but I try to drop everything
and find a place to sit down and read.
It is always a struggle to drop
everything and often I Caleb is almost finished by
the time I sit down.
I am working on it day by day but I am discovering
this is a great way to sneak in a little extra
- Read book blogs
I have grown to love reading blogs
dedicated to books.
Some are informative and alert me to
new books while others are just plain funny.
Here are a few of my favorites and
a simple website for determining what
book you should read next based on your
reading history.Book Riot
Modern Mrs. Darcy
The Barnes and Noble Blog
What Should I Read Next
As I write this post,
it is a dark rainy day in Portland,
Caleb’s soccer practice has been cancelled,
I know the perfect book to fill some unexpected time.
This post is apart of the 31 days…yet again series
about books. You can find the entire series here.