Reading was a big part of my life growing up. Every year in elementary there would be a list of 10 books if you read all of them you got to go to a buffet lunch at Pizza Hut. It was a big deal. In the recent years of my adult life, I have a laundry list of excuses of why I didn’t read more. Last year, I amazed myself at reading over 30 books! I learned new words, feel creatively alive and daresay my writing has improved a bit.
I would say I am off to a great start this year and wanted to share with you the steps I’ve taken to read more books.
1. Get a Library Card
Who doesn’t love free? As much as I love my bookshelf at home, there’s a great feeling with running your fingers along the spines and thinking ‘I’ve read all of these’ there is an even greater feeling of letting others enjoy the story as much as you did.
2. Always have a book with you
I will admit, some books are heavy. Whether is a physical book or my Kindle App on my phone, there is always something available for me to read. There are hidden minutes everywhere. I find myself reading before the food comes at a restaurant if I am dining alone or in public transit on my way to work. It all adds up.
3. Have dedicated reading time
If I really want something, I will find time for it. Just like exercise or seeing my friends, carving out time isn’t a chore.
4. Share what you read
Sharing is a fundamental human trait and enables our ability to socialize. Why else were book clubs or any club or forum created but to share information.
5. Stop reading
Life is too short to read a book that you are just not into. Cut your losses and ditch it. This creates more time for the book you actually enjoy and want to finish!
I hope you found these tips helpful and are inspired to read more books! If you couldn’t tell I enjoy Harry Potter and frequently re-read the books. However, here are some of the books I read recently that you may enjoy.
The Rosie Project
The protagonist, who has Asperger’s Syndrome creates a questionnaire in hopes of efficiently finding a wife. I laughed, I cried. It’s an incredibly funny and moving book about being comfortable with who you are.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
A truly enjoyable book and easy read filled with a surprising emotional tour de force. It’s like a cross between The Rosie Project and Jane Eyre. Two also great books you should read.
Turtles All The Way Down
It’s about a girl searching for a missing billionaire; the story contains joy, romance and serious themes such as mental illness. The message I got from this book was, it’s okay not to be okay.
I would love to know of any recommendations you have! Leave me a comment below.
Thanks for reading,