How to start reading more?
Every established reader has to start somewhere. Although it may seem overwhelming at first, developing a reading habit can be painless if you go about it the correct way. It can be difficult to start reading more, but ultimately the biggest key is just to start!
In this article, I will be offering my best 11 tips on how to start reading more so you can eventually build a reading routine for yourself.
1.) Set an Attainable Reading Goal
When you are setting your reading goal, do not be too overzealous with what you want to accomplish.
You do not want to reach too far and set yourself up for failure right off the bat. It is best to gradually ease your way into cultivating a reading routine rather than wearing yourself out in the beginning.
An example of an attainable reading goal to start is reading ten pages of your book three times a week. As you build up a sense of accomplishment, you can bump up the number of pages as the weeks go by. Then, you can slowly increase the amount of days you read per week.
Next thing you know, you will be reading on a set schedule every day!
2.) Select a Book That You Will Actually Enjoy
Selecting a book that you will actually enjoy reading is an imperative component of being able to read more.
Half of the battle is picking a book that you can genuinely appreciate each and every time you pick it up. If you look forward to cracking open your book, then your enthusiasm alone can carry you to accomplishing your reading goals.
Although this step can be easily overlooked, you will experience the long term benefits if you refuse to take this ill-advised shortcut.
Don’t know where to start the process of picking your next read? Check out my blog post How to Pick a Book to Read?
3.) Set Aside Time to Read During the Day
Putting aside a fixed time to read during your busy schedule will aid tremendously in reading more.
I understand setting aside a rigid time to read is not for everyone. This step may be a bit ambitious but it is worthwhile to try. Employing this step will get you closer to reaping the reading rewards.
A fixed reading time will force you to stop everything and simply just read. Whether it be your commute to work, lunch break, or resting time before bed, a reading schedule will encourage you to read more in the long run.
4.) Break Up Your Reading
When you first start going about your goal of reading more, it can be tempting to just start devouring books as fast as you can.
Although it may work in the short term, you are setting yourself up for disaster in the long run.
Often times, readers who employ this strategy end up burning themselves out after a couple of weeks. They take a couple of months off of reading and then they are right back where they started.
Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way. Only later did I find that reading a few pages at a time is not only more manageable, but more time effective.
What I would advise you to do instead is read in small chunks. That way, you avoid overextending yourself and obliterating the makings of a reading habit.
5.) Read Shorter Books at the Start
I recommend reading novels that are a bit shorter in length in the beginning stages of tackling your reading goals.
Reading shorter novels ties in with the first step of setting attainable reading goals for yourself. Lengthier novels can be a challenge to get through, especially if you are trying to get back into reading. Abridged novels are a much more realistic undertaking.
Sticking with one novel for a prolonged period of time can get a bit dreary after a while. Interchanging a couple of short books for a longer novel can provide a pleasant change of scenery.
This diversity of story landscapes will surely help to spice up your reading.
Furthermore, short novels offer a boost in your self confidence when you read the story from start to finish. A boost such as this can deliver you the inspiration you need to keep trucking on.
As aforementioned, denser novels are more of a struggle to finish, so this confidence boost may never be secured.
6.) Do Not Worry About How Fast You Read
Concerning yourself with how fast you read is the quickest route to frustration.
Ultimately, you are reading for recreational purposes. You are not training to become America’s Next Speed Reader, you are trying to read more!
Trying to read at a pace that is beyond what you are capable of will most likely lead to confusion and displeasure in your reading experience. Read at your own pace. The speed will come with time.
7.) Refrain from Comparing Yourself to Others
You need not bother yourself by comparing yourself to other individuals. The only person you are competing against is yourself.
It is not a competition to see who can read the most books. You are doing this for you and nobody else. Focus on your own reading goals.
If you concentrate on your own individual success instead of comparing your success to others, dramatic increases in your reading progression will inevitably result.
8.) Find a Good Reading Environment
An environment that is complementary to your reading can help you crank out a couple extra pages every reading session.
You should pinpoint a variety of nice, quiet places to read. This way you can switch up your reading setting every so often. A refreshing change of your surroundings can do wonders for your overall reading experience.
External distractions will only lure you away from you reading, so evade congested areas if possible.
Do not be afraid to experiment. Go to your local library and venture to the nearest park. You may end up finding a diamond in the rough.
9.) Design a Reading Nook
If you cannot find an environment conducive to reading, design your own!
Having your own comfortable area of solitude will help you not only to relax, but to focus mentally.
This space does not have to be elaborate by any means. Any sort of peaceful nook will do, as long as your surroundings do not detract from your reading. Not to mention that fashioning your own reading nook can be an extraordinarily fun project to take on.
10.) Take on Your Reading Goals with Friends
Tackling your own reading goals with your friends can help you be accountable on your reading journey.
Having someone to discuss your novels with can continue to fuel your enthusiasm for reading. An extra reason to turn the page can make all the difference when it comes down to reading.
Whether it be a friendly get together or an organized book club, building a reading community around yourself never hurts.
So do not be afraid to reach out to people you know and get social with your goals! They could be meaning to do the same.
11.) Try Using Audiobooks
Audiobooks are a fantastic tool to ease your way into reading. You can do it almost anywhere at anytime, making it extremely beneficial to use.
If you have a busy schedule and just do not have the time for reading at the moment, try out audiobooks!
Audiobooks can aid in the gradual transformation of your mindset to incorporate reading on a daily basis. Although this might not exactly be the type of reading you had in mind, it is a useful instrument to keep in the back of your head just in case.
How to read more books?
Although this question seems synonymous with how to start reading more, it is not.
In my mind, reading more implies reading more content, where content means characters, words or pages. To read more books, I would imply some of the techniques above.
The biggest tip I would give above all else, however, is to start reading shorter books if book quantity is your only concern.
What are some books to get into reading?
Searching best selling books in your preferred reading genre is certainly not a bad option to start with if you are looking for some books to get you into reading.
These books are tried and true, and have proven their worth multiple times over.
If you are looking for my personal opinion of good books to get into reading, go to the the top picks section of the blog!