5 More Ways To Read More Books

Tuesday, 11 February 2014
I wrote the prequel to this post '5 Ways To Read More Books' a few weeks ago. It went down really well and I felt so happy when I read everyone's lovely comments. But I've been thinking about it a lot and I actually still have so much more to say about reading more books. I don't know why I limited myself to 5 tips in the first place! I thought about extending the original post and adding to it but decided it would be better to write a second post so more people could see it. So this is how to read more books, part 2! I would say the tips in the first post are more general things to to whilst these are really specific things to do.

1. Use reading to break up larger, boring tasks. I implement this a lot if I have a lot of cleaning or homework to do. Say I'm cleaning my room. I'll hoover, then read a chapter. Dust, read a chapter, organise my clothes, read a chapter. I also do it a lot with homework where I alternate between questions and reading. I find that this not only motivates me to do work that I don't want to do but makes me get really into a book. I often don't want to stop after 1 chapter or x pages so when I'm finished cleaning or whatever all I want to do is read!

2. Read a book with a friend. Pledge to read a book at the same time as a friend. You could set yourselves so many pages a day/week and talk about them. It's kind of like getting a jogging buddy. When you're tempted to just sit and watch tv you'll find yourself reading because you don't want to let them down. Can't find a reading buddy? Leave me a comment and if it's a book I already have/want to read or can get out the library I'll see what I can do.

3. Get yourself a library card. Do you have a library card? If not, why not? What is wrong with you? Libraries are great. I think a lot of people don't want to read books as quickly because they feel if they're paying £7 for a book then they should spend a long time reading it to get their money's worth. But if you're getting books from the library then they're free and carry no guilt. Also having a return deadline is quite motivational! I don't know how it works in your area but where I live if your closest library doesn't have a book they can order it in from somewhere else so the possibility is endless.

4. Try something new. If you're anything like me then you'll stick to the same couple of genres every time you read a book. But sometimes if you branch out and try something new then maybe you'll find something that you love. This has happened so many times to me. I'll read a book that I don't think I'll like but a friend really recommends and then boom, I'm in love.

5. Don't be afraid to put a book away if you aren't getting into it. I feel that for every book you have to be in a certain mindset to read it. So if you're really struggling to get into a book then you probably need to just take a step back, leave it and come back to it later. This happened for me with The Shining. I struggled on for about a week and never made it past the first few chapters. I left it for a few months and then read it in 3 days when I started it again. Or it might just not be the book for you and you can stop reading it all together. Don't be afraid to move on!

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