Do you ever wish you could read more books without pushing yourself? There’s always that time of year where everyone is racing to complete their reading challenge. Me included. I managed to finish a big chunk of it last month when I ended up reading 16 books. How did I do that? and how can you read more? read on for some tips and different ways you can motivate yourself without exhausting yourself.
Carry a book with you everywhere
Or two. We’ve all been through that situation where we go somewhere realize we’ve got a long wait or will be eating alone and need to keep ourselves busy for some time. This has helped me so many times especially in avoiding awkward situations. Having a book will definitely help you get some reading done.
Stock up on ebooks and audiobooks
My Ipad is a lifesaver that I also carry with me everywhere. I have my reading apps stocked with books. Most books I can’t find in the bookstores over here so I always ended up getting them as ebooks which gives me a lot of reading material. My phone also has some audiobooks on the ready in case I find myself on a long drive or if I want to get some reading done on the way somewhere. Having both these things on you at all times makes it a lot more likely that you’ll pick it up when you need it.
Join a bookclub
Book clubs really help motivate you when you need that extra push you’re looking for. I set up my own book club on Goodreads last year and it has motivated me to read so much! Reading with a group of people is always great because you get to discuss and share your thoughts with others. It can definitely be motivating and a lot of fun!
Create your own reading challenges
This has motivated me on so many levels. I did my own 24 hour readathon a couple of days ago and I managed to read 3 books in under 24 hours! It was such a fun experience and one I did by myself. There are so many that you can do now including the year long ones.
Make a list
Lists are my life and I have Google documents and journal spreads full of book recommendations. Find a genre you love and binge a few books or pick a genre you hardly read and try 2 or 3. I feel more motivated when I see lists and book recs. Maybe you will to.
Switch up formats
A few years ago I realized that I read more when I switch the formatting. A graphic novel or poetry book in between a heavy read. Try and read more comics. Switch to an audiobooks when you need to get things done or you’re tired of holding a book up. Changing genres can be very helpful too! Find what works best for you.
Keep a reading journal
I know this sounds a little strange but do you know how motivated you feel when you’ve got some books listed in a journal and you need to scratch them out? Wonderful. Maybe keeping track of your books or recording your daily reading habits will make you feel a lot more inspired to read. I’ll be uploading pictures from my reading journal for you to see soon!
Make some daily reading goals for yourself
I find this easy to stick with most of the time. I like to set a few chapters a day (unless I want to read more) or to finish a book when I’m very close. Setting goals that are easily fulfilled will make you more likely to complete them. Make this a habit in your daily routine.