It’s the eternal reader struggle: balancing a TBR taller than we are with school/work, friends, pesky chores and our beloved Netflix. Here at MP! we’ve had years of practice trying to juggle everything and fitting in reading whenever we can, so we’ve got a few tips on how to read more.
1. Take a book EVERYWHERE
You never know when the opportunity will arise: a delayed bus/train, the waiting room, a post office queue, a surprise “Just read quietly for the last ten minutes” from an exasperated teacher. BE READY.
2. Try reading more than one book
This is definitely not for everyone, but if you can manage to read two, three, even four, books at the same time, this is a sure fire way to keep you reading whatever your mood. There’ll always be something else to turn to if one book isn’t doing it for you at that moment. Plus, there are few things more joyful than finishing three or four books in the space of two days. So satisfying!
3. Give an audiobook a go
Like reading multiple books at once, audiobooks won’t be for everyone, but give it a shot! Listening to an audiobook means you can read while doing chores, walking, when you’re too tired to hold a book, or even sitting in a coffee shop waiting for a friend and trying not to look like a lemon. Listen to the samples and ask for recommendations – we reckon there’s at least one out there for everyone.
4. Talk to booky people!
There’s nothing like people being enthusiastic about something they love to get us interested, and talking to our bookish friends, in real life and online, just makes us want to ALL THE BOOKS. And when that feeling arrives, run with it and don’t let go!
5. Take a look at your day
Do you have 15/30 minute gaps where you just turn to the internet in boredom? Read. Do you end up watching rubbish TV with your parents because it’s too early to go to bed? Read. Do you stare absently out of the window on train or bus journeys? Read.
6. Put it down if it’s not working
We always find that we read a lot less when we’re not enjoying what we’re reading. Sounds a bit obvious, doesn’t it? But just think about all of the books you’ve slogged through for weeks purely to get to the end – how many books that you enjoy could you have devoured in that time? There’s not enough time to read all the books we want to, let alone the ones we’re not bothered about.
7. Who needs sleep?!
When it comes down to it, sometimes you have to make some difficult decisions. Do you really need 8 hours sleep? Or do you need to read on until that Tris/Four kiss so you can rest peacefully? Yeah, we thought so.
What are your tips for reading more? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!
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