It can be really easy to fall into the trap of watching multiple episodes of Netflix in one sitting but not as easy to read multiple chapters of a book in one sitting. In 2019 I set myself to the goal of reading 20 books which was achievable for me, because I love reading and I ended up reading just over 30 books which was pretty surprising for me!
I often get asked questions on how I read and when I actually do read books so I thought I’d compile them all in one blog post and give some of my tips on how I personally find the time to read.
Set yourself a challenge: If you’re anything like me and can get easily motivated by working towards challenges and goals then setting yourself a number of books to read within a time period will be the one. Depending on how fast you could read or how often you can read set yourself a monthly or yearly challenge to read ‘x’ amount of books and this way you’ll want to pick up a book more often to get through them quicker.
Commute with a book: One of the biggest factors in helping me read a lot is because I use majority of my commute to uni and back by reading. I take the tube to uni and my commute takes an hour so thats 2 hours that I spend on the tube on the days I go uni. I always pack a bag into my bag and some days I don’t read because the tube will be full or I prefer to have my music on. However when I do, I find that I read big chunks of the books on my commute and I can easily get through a book in 2/3 days like that.
Track your reading: This point goes hand in hand with the setting a challenge one as I use Goodreads for both of them. Goodreads was probably the main reason I fell back into reading again. I basically use Goodreads to track the books I’m reading. You can use the search bar to find the book you’re reading and add it to your ‘currently reading’ list and then update the page you’re on as you read and it generates a percentage of the book that you’ve read already. This way you can visually get an idea of how far you’re into the book and how much pages you have left.
Gather a reading list: Again I use Goodreads for this, as its the easiest platform to access all of my book lists. You can follow me on Goodreads to see which books I’m reading and my other bookshelves. I often use other people’s recommendations for my to be read list and if I’ve really enjoyed a book, I’d check out the other books by that author and add it to my reading list!
Read books that interest you: This is an obvious one but reading books that you’ll actually enjoy makes the whole reading thing way easier. I’m definitely one of those people who will try finishing a book even though I don’t enjoy it. But lately I’ve been pretty good with moving onto a new book even if the other one isn’t finished. I’d definitely recommend putting a book down if you aren’t enjoying it!
Read throughout the day: Setting yourself time intervals to reading your book throughout the day can help with getting into the regular habit of reading. This can be on your commute to work, uni, before bed, or a quick 20 minutes before watching Netflix, TV in the evenings. I do actually prefer reading in big chunks as I find myself getting through a book easier like that but I don’t always have the time to read in chunks so dipping in and out does help too.
These are some of my tips on how to find the time to read and I hope it was useful to some of you.
Ayse Merve x