In the last couple of years, I have taken it upon myself to read more. I think I had a sort of postcollegiate reading hangover until one day, I realized I had forsaken one of my favorite pastimes. So I started a Goodreads account, joined a book club, got a library card, and was able to go from reading less than 10 books a year to reading a book a week. One thing I find funny is that whenever I talk to people about the latest book I read, they say something along the lines of "How do you read so much? I just don't have the time." I understand this excuse, because I used to use it myself, but let's get real: you do have time; you're just not making it a priority. If you really, truly do want to read more, here are four foolproof tips that helped me out. And if you need more motivation, it's even National Read a Book Day!
1. Turn off the TV, and put away your phone.
It's amazing how many hours fly by watching mindless television and/or playing Candy Crush. I didn't give up TV completely, but I had to make a conscious choice when I got home or had free hours on the weekend to pick up a book instead of the remote. For me, I'd do reading first (sort of like homework) then watch TV at the end of the night.Source: Warner Bros.
2. Have a book or Kindle on you at all times.
Speaking of "time," do you know how many hours a day are spent just standing or sitting around waiting for stuff? Riding the bus, waiting in line for lunch, there are plenty of moments throughout the day to pack in a bit of reading, and if you have a book on you, it's as easy as pulling out your phone to check Facebook.
3. Read books you know you'll love.
Life's too short to read a book you hate. I'm a teensy bit anal about finishing things I've started, so this was groundbreaking for me. Once I just decided I'd stop trying to trudge through a painfully boring novel just to check it off my list, I started flying through books. I read reviews to see if a book sounds appealing, and I most often choose my favorite genre, mystery. You don't have to apologize for having a favorite genre; just embrace it, and dive into it. When it comes to books outside mysteries, I start reading it, and if it draws me, I keep going (this is how I discovered some of my favorite romances). If not, I move on.
4. Get a library card, shop at used bookstores, and look for Kindle deals.
Basically, don't let the cost of books keep you from reading. I keep an eye out for monthly and daily Kindle deals, but there's no replacing a library or used bookstore where you can also read a bit of the book before buying/loaning. And libraries now have ebooks, too. There are so many free and cheap books at our fingertips that it's silly not to take advantage of these opportunities.Source: Disney
Check out even more great tips for making reading a priority, and if you need reading recommendations, here are the hot new books out in March.