Saturday, 11 January 2014

5 Ways To Read More Books

When I wrote my Top 13 Books Of 2013 post someone suggested in the comments that I write a post on how to read more books. I was kind of toying over the idea because I liked it but didn't want to come across as all 'oh look at me I read so much more than you'. But after speaking to a few blogging friends about it they all seemed to think it was a good idea! I have also noted in a lot of people's new year's resolutions posts that so many people want to read more books in 2014. So I've decided to write this post to share with you my tips for reading more books. Please don't take anything as too concrete, people read at their own paces and what works for some won't work for others.


1. Always bring a book with you. Always. There's a quote by Lemony Snicket that I really like. "Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." Whether it's carrying around a giant hard back or having your kindle books synced with your phone. When you always have a book on you you'll find so much more time where you can be reading. Maybe your bus is late, you finished a test earlier than you expected etc etc. It's these short reading bursts during the day that all add up.

2. Get excited about the books that you're reading. Have you heard of Booktube? Just like the online beauty community, there is an online book community. I love watching videos where people are talking about books. Their enthusiasm for their favourite books gets passed on to me and it's great for finding recommendations. I've created a playlist on YouTube with some of my favourites if you want to go check that out and maybe subscribe to a few of them.

3. Make yourself a GoodReads account and set yourself a 2014 reading challenge. I find having goals extremely motivating, so if you want to read more this year why not set yourself a goal? This year I've pledged to try and read 90 books because last year I read 85 books and I'm going to have a larger summer holiday than usual because I'm starting university. It doesn't have to be a large number, maybe one a week or one a month? Go at your own pace. Also whilst you're over there, add me as a friend here!

4. Read books that you want to read, not that you think you should read. This is something that I only realised this year. I hate classics. With very few exceptions I really struggle to read them and don't often enjoy them when I'm finished. But I still found myself reading them because I felt that I should when in reality, forcing myself to read these classics was not helping me appreciate them at all. So this year I'm not going to read anything that I don't want to. You read faster when you're reading things you enjoy.

5. Find a series that you really like and read all of the books in it. I find that when I'm reading books in a series I read them a lot faster because I am much more absorbed into the story and as they often end in cliffhangers, I can't wait to read the next part. Some series that I recommend are: The Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Divergent Trilogy, The Robert Langdon Series, The Lunar Chronicles and The Harry Potter series(duh).


I hope this helps you to read more and I hope that you really enjoy all the books that you read. If you would like some recommendations then check out my Top 13 Books of 2013 post for some of my favourites. Or similarly if you would like to recommend a book please leave a comment as I'm always looking for new books to read!

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  1. I love this post :) I have been a trudging through a reading slump recently and have really gotten down about it. I think I need to just find a book I like and go with it. I'm currently reading 4 different books and none of them have grabbed me yet!

    Vee // veeosullivan.co.uk

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