There’s always another book waiting to be read and your TBR pile just keeps growing. You feel like you’re never going to make a dent!
Might as well just throw in the towel on that Goodreads goal already.
Not so fast!
This year I made a valiant effort to read more books than any other year. I made goals and stuck to them and guess what… it worked! I read way more books this year than any other. You can do it too!
Fellow bookworms, 2019 is the year to destroy that ever-growing TBR pile (or at least stunt the growth a little bit) by reading more throughout the year.
Here are 5 tips and tricks to help you read more this year. Implement them in your reading lifestyle and let me know if they help you get through more books this year!
1. Diversify your reading formats
One of the most effective ways I’ve found to read more books each month is to diversify the formats of books I consume.
At any given time, have different formats available to you so that when the mood to read strikes, nothing will prevent you from diving in.
I heard you gasp.
“But there’s nothing like turning the page of a book!”
Trust me, I know. But hear me out! Having a physical book, an ebook, and an audiobook available at all times prepares you for just about any situation.
Long wait at the coffee shop? Pull out an ebook on your phone and get in a chapter or two while you wait for your drink. Strolling through the airport terminal? Pop in your headphones with an audiobook to make the journey that much more enjoyable.
In the digital age, reading can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere and cashing in on this convenience in guaranteed to help you read more. If you don't want to read multiple books at once, try checking out the ebook copy of your current read from your local library.
Don’t limit yourself to physical books!
2. Read multiple books at once
It might sound counterproductive, but reading more than one book at a time can help you read more.
Having a variety of books to choose from each time you go to read and can help you avoid those dreaded reading slumps (where nothing looks good) and can help keep up your enthusiasm for your current reads.
Choose a few totally different genres for even better results with this method. You can read two, three, four books at once!
It might sound difficult to keep so many plotlines straight and it’s definitely not the method for everyone, but with a little practice, it’s not as hard as you might think.
3. Set reading goals (and stick to them!)
A great way to read more is to set reading goals.
Whether you want to read a certain amount of books each month, discover new genres or authors, or simply set aside more time for reading each day, concrete goals can help you solidify your plans and encourage you to actually accomplish them.
Writing your goals down helps clarify what you want out of your reading experience and motivate you to take action to accomplish your goals.
Goals also help you know what to expect of yourself and pace yourself along the way. Research shows that by writing your goals down, you’re significantly more likely to achieve them.
But don’t just make a list and never check it again. Revisit your goal list and check off the ones you’ve completed. This will help you feel accomplished and motivated to keep making your way down the list and smashing your goals!
4. Track your reading
Keeping track of the books you read can help you feel a sense of accomplishment and encourage you to read more. It can also help you remember the specific authors and genres you enjoy most and help you find more books you like.
Additionally, using social apps like Goodreads to track your reading helps you connect with fellow readers and easily find new and exciting materials to read.
You can make lists of books you want to read, books you’ve read, follow authors, join book clubs and more.
5. Join a book club
Making a commitment to read a book with other people can help keep you accountable with your reading. Group book discussion deepens your understanding and appreciation for what you’re reading
Not to mention, book clubs are a great way to connect with fellow readers with shared interests. Digital book clubs are convenient because you don’t even have to attend physical meetings to participate in them!
Join our digital young adult fantasy and sci-fi book club here.
6. Utilize the library
If your budget is holding you back from reading more, utilize the free resources available at your local library.
Libraries hold the ultimate key to finding new genres, authors, and books. They're always bringing in new books and finding ways to get readers involved in the local reading community.
Overdrive is a free app that allows you to access your library’s digital catalog including ebooks and audiobooks, right at the tip of your fingers! Plus, no trips to the library or late fees.
7. Prioritize your reading
As with anything, if you don’t prioritize appropriately you won’t ever find the time for the things you feel you need to do more of.
When you go to scroll endlessly on your social feeds, try opening your Kindle app instead. When you’re about to binge a few dozen episodes on Netflix, reach for your book.
You’d be amazed at how much time you can find when you put a priority on the things that matter to you most.
8. Schedule your reading time
If you’re the type of reader who gets busy and forgets about that book you were so excited to start, why not schedule the time to read each day?
It can be a loose schedule (like reading for a half hour before bed) or you can schedule it strictly like you would an appointment or work.
Scheduling your reading also gives you the opportunity to look forward to your reading time. During your reading time, put away distractions like your phone or the television to get the most out of your scheduled time.
Find the method that works best for you and stick with it!
If you find any of these tips useful, let me know in the comments below.
What’s are some of your reading goals for 2019? Click here to watch a video where I talk about mine!
Until next time,