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5 Ways to Read More Books

January 30, 2018
5 Ways to Read More Books

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.

5 Ways 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!

5 Ways to Read More Books

5 Ways to Read More BooksI 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,

Michelle

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14 Comments

  • Reply BrioWrites January 30, 2018 at 12:18 am

    I found your post through the Community Pool and I’m so glad I did! Nice and concise, with very useful tips! I’ve been meaning to read more myself! Thanks! @BrioWrites

    • Reply MichelleN January 30, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Thank you! I am glad you found it helpful =)

  • Reply KD January 30, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Good advice! I especially agree with getting a library membership. Free education!

    • Reply MichelleN January 30, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Yes! Who doesn’t love free education =)

  • Reply Shy Voyager January 30, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Thank you for your tips. Though I’m not a fan of digital reading I might consider purchasing a book on Kindle for those hidden minutes. Just thought to share a reading challenge I’ve given myself: to consciously look for and read books written by authors of different racial backgrounds or books written about different cultures in order to expand my cultural reading experience. So this year I’ve read a book written by an English author, Jane Eyre, and I’m currently reading Memoirs of a Geisha, which has been eye-opening with regards to that part of Japanese culture. My next read will be by an African author and so on. It’s fun 🙂

    • Reply MichelleN January 30, 2018 at 9:42 am

      To be honest, I don’t always carry a book around because of the weight, so I sometimes read on my kindle app on my phone. Wow thats awesome for you to challenge yourself like that. I really enjoyed Jane Eyre too! =)

  • Reply Cait Winters February 20, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I LOVE the library personally! There is something about that old book-y smell and flipping a page that a tablet just can’t do for me! I think it’s a good motivator to read more too because there is usually a time limit (a couple of weeks typically) in which you need to read and return.

    • Reply MichelleN February 20, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      I absolutely agree about it being motivating when there’s a due date! I am a fan of flipping pages =)

  • Reply Kara February 20, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Great post, and wonderful pictures! I’ve also tried to stop reading books all the way through if I’m not enjoying them. I used to push myself to keep reading, even if I wasn’t liking the story, but I’ve realized that it’s just not a good way to spend my time!

    • Reply MichelleN February 20, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Kara I used to be the same way! I remember thinking, this story is not working for me and picked up a new book!

  • Reply Ami Fouché February 23, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Found the post through GLT and loved it! I’ve loved reading since I learned how to – when I was a kid, I took out 12 books from the library every week and read them all. As I grew older and discovered movies and series I read less — and when I got to university I stopped reading at all. Until a few months ago – I started travelling more and for some reason that resparked my love of reading and I’ve finished 2 books this week and am currently on my third!
    All your tips are really great and I’ll start applying those that I’m not doing already in my life as well.

    • Reply MichelleN February 23, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Ami! I totally went through the same thing after I discovered video games. Ah I love reading when traveling, especially during plane rides, thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Alycia February 23, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Love reading! Do you get a new library card Everywhere you travel?

    • Reply MichelleN February 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Alycia! I have one library card and usually check out a book before I travel anywhere! It’s so handy =)

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