How To Read More: 62 little tips to help you become a book dragon

hands-hand-book-readingI am constantly interacting with people who tell me that they desire to read more. And yet they do not. I know, finding enough time in your busy schedule can appear like an impossible task. Or it is too expensive. Or you don’t know what to read. Or it is time consuming. Or it is bad for vision. There are thousands of excuses that prevent you from reaching your goals. But if you really want to read more, there is nothing stopping you.

You have more time or opportunities to read than you think you do. Reading just makes your life better, and you can see yourself improving as a person. But if you need a little bit of inspiration and assistance, I hope you will find these 62 little tips helpful.

1. Tell yourself that you are a tough cookie and a big scary book will not intimidate you.

2. Always carry a book with you (it is not that heavy).

3. Put your phone down before it eats you.

4. Read while you wait for that one friend who is late to everything (plus, time will fly by, win-win!).

5. Ask a friend for recommendations.

6. If you fall asleep while reading classics, stop doing it. (Unless you have to, then keep going, buddy!)

7. Reward yourself for every book you read.

8. Read in the bathroom.

9. Try audiobooks while exercising. Or when NOT exercising.

10. Read on public transport.

11. Have a book near your bed.

12. Instead of scrolling through Facebook when you wake up, read.

13. If you think books are boring, forget this prejudice. You just haven’t found the right book.

14. Make a list of books you want to read. Paper or electronic. Or both!

15. Pick one from the list, and read.

16. Join a book club (because you ain’t no good without a deadline).

17. Set your reading goal.

18. Read while stuffing your mouth with food.

19. Have the same book on multiple devices (for easy access).

20. Read the stuff you like (even if some fella will judge you).

21. Explore the hidden world that is the library.

22. Commit to something, you big lazy avoider.

23. Reading is fun, so choose something that interests you, not your snobbish uncle.

24. If you are a competitive chilli, make it a contest with your friend who can read more books (and no cheating, you weakling).

25. Have bedtime routine that involves reading a few chapters.

26. Plan your reading time.

27. Listen to your mom for once, and start a book she has been recommending you for years.

28. Set your reading goals on Goodreads.

29. Read shorter books to make you feel like a conqueror of literature.

30. Do an Unplugged experiment (that means no media, no phone, no TV, no technology). If you manage to survive, there won’t be anything you cannot do. You will have to read, or be a pu$$y.

31. Find a cute little spot for your reading (and Instagram it only once).

32. If you are broke, visit the library. Or a second-hand shop. Or try borrowing a book.

33. E-books are very cheap. Some even free.

34. Explore BookTube for inspiration.

35. Check out Bookstagrams and be jealous of all the prettiness.

36. No distractions allowed. Put your earplugs in, music on, and concentrate!

37. Stop thinking that reading is a chore. Soon you will be functioning with 2 hours of sleep because you couldn’t put a book down.

38. See what people are recommending (the trustworthy kind). Because a good book will get you hooked.

39. If you are a snobbish basterd, think how smart you will appear to your friends.

40. Have anther book ready before finishing the one you’re reading.

41. Google the shiz out of the best books ever.

42. Subscribe to a book newsletter.

43. Ask for books for Christmas. Then don’t be a Grinch and appreciate your gifts.

44. Go to a charity store and buy a book. You read more, and give money to a charity!

45. Seriously, start reading e-books. They deserve as much love as paperbacks.

46. Bring a book on a long journey (and never be bored).

47. Learn how to speed-read. There are apps.

48. Make a list of all the books you have read.

49. Seriously. Goodreads. So. Much. Fun.

50. Give up if a book is really not doing it for you.

51. Don’t worry about not being productive. You deserve some time off.

52. Set yourself a page target every day. Feel like a dragon when you reach your goal.

53. Read multiple books. Then later, you will be finishing lots at the same time! Or just one, if that is how you roll.

54. Netflix can wait. Prioritize a book.

55.  Find a mine of gold (a trusted source for recommendations).

56. Share your conquests like a true Viking that you are.

57. Buy a Kindle. Or better yet, ask for it as a gift.

58. Read with others. Make it a family time! You won’t want to be the odd man out.

59. Don’t worry if you are slower than a turtle. It is not a competition.

60. Get a bookshelf and display your conquests.

61. Do not suffer. It is supposed to bring you tears of joy, not of despair. Take a break, not every day is for reading.

62. You are a Khaleesi, not the High Sparrow of loserville.

So hopefully you will find these tips useful. We all need a little bit of inspiration sometimes, but to achieve your goals, you have to indulge in a bit of perspiration.

Do you have anything to add to this list? What do you think of these tips?

And if you need even more ideas, check out my tips of how to choose a good book to read

9 Tips For Choosing Your Next ‘It’ Book

 

 

9 Tips For Choosing Your Next ‘It’ Book

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With the immense amount of books available nowadays, actually choosing a book that you want to read can be quite difficult, preventing you from reading more. Especially if the last book you picked up ended up disappointing you, and you feel worried about choosing your next read. Since a book is a timely commitment, you want to be sure the story you are reading will bring you tears of joy, and not anguish.

So I suggest a few ways of how to decide on your next read:

1.Explore Goodreads.

Goodreads.com website is a great social media site for every book lover. It allows you to check out book ratings and reviews, explore what your friends are reading, and get all kinds of recommendations. Plus, the option of registering the books you want to read will ensure you always remember the ideas for your next great read.

2. Check out the professionals.

And by that, I mean the people who read a lot. With an immense knowledge of literature, you can get ideas from book bloggers, booktubers or bookstagramers. Choose the genre you prefer, and check out what books these people are recommending. Having read quite a few different works, these people will know a truly captivating story. And you can find the people who really know your favourite genre or author.

Check out multiple accounts to be sure.

3. Do not trust the masses.

Sometimes, certain books tend to be a little bit overhyped, disappointing you in the end. Although some truly magnificent pieces have produced quite a large fan base,  sometimes all the love can be misleading, especially if you are a picky reader. Somehow Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey have become one of the most read pieces (and if you believe they are wonderful, I am trying hard not to judge). So the masses are a bit untrustworthy when it comes to picking a good book.

4. Pick a title out of the hat.

Well, the format does not matter, just the idea. It can be a jar, or a sock, or whatever. Just write down the book titles that have been on your TBR list, and pick one out. I myself have been using this technique, and although at times I was unsure about the book I picked out, all the reads proved to be incredible. Since the ability to make decisions is not my strong suit, this way, you do not have to spend hours by deciding. Just let the magic to the work! And stick with the book that you picked out.

There are also apps available, following a similar process, but an old-school piece of paper just seems much more classy and fun!

5. Subscribe to a newsletter.

Quite a lot of sites offer recommendations of truly magnificent books. They usually are categorised either by genre, age group, or the year of publication, allowing you to find the right content. I have been subscribing to Buzzfeed book newsletter, and it has proven very helpful in finding new captivating reads.

6. Ask.

Ask a friend or a family member what is their favourite book. Go to a bookstore and ask the person who works there for some recommendations. Or if you are feeling brave enough, you can even ask a stranger!

Some recommendations might not be your cup of tea. However, I suggest checking them out, because there sure is a reason why these people who introduced you to the book love it so much. For example, I was certain I would not like The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough when my parents kept insisting I read it. But after years of avoiding the book, it has become one of my favourite reads of all time.

7. Try a book you wouldn’t normally read.

Sometimes it will give you yet another reason for disliking that genre. But at times, you can be pleasantly surprised. So do not be too conservative, and dip your toe in a pool of unusual things.

For the longest time, I have been convinced that fantasy and sci-fi were not for me. But after reading really great works of both of these genres, I was proven wrong.

8. Go for the underdog.

Sometimes the less popular books can deliver incredible quality. Do not stick with only popular authors. Some great reads can be found in second-hand bookshops or be randomly recommended. Be sure to give them a chance.

9. Let the book choose you.

Just pick the book that catches your eye. Can be disappointing, or very rewarding.

I hope you have found these tips helpful. At least these ideas help me since my TBR pile seems to grow by a minute. And if you have any ideas on how to choose a good book, I always want to hear them!