New Year, More Books!
It’s 2020! It’s the start of a new year, and an entirely new decade. There are countries to visit, habits to form and most importantly, books to read. Here are 20 ways to read more books in 2020!
1. Start slow – find a book that feels easy to read, something that’s fun and engaging and feels more like eating candy than vegetables.
2. Make it a challenge – with the beginning of the year, let the possibility of a challenge entice you. Maybe try 12 books for 2020…1 book a month. If you find you can get through more books than just one per month, it’s an easy goal to increase.
3. Find an author you truly love – if you remember reading a book couldn’t put down, chances are you’ll love the author’s other works too. Finding an author you love is an easy way to get through more books.
4. Tell your friends – sharing your progress can help keep you motivated to read more books!
5. Visit your local bookshop – sometimes you don’t even know what you want to read until you browse through the various isles of a bookshop. And with all of the employee’s combined expertise, you’re sure to find something you’ll love as an way to read more books.
6. Try a challenge – thanks to the World Wide Web there exists plenty of fun reading challenges to partake in. Try this one, a favorite of ours!
7. Say no to Netflix – if you’re finding that platforms like Netflix and Hulu are major distractions, try to dedicate one night a week to tech-free reading in an effort to read more books. Maybe this looks like a no Netflix Monday situation to free up an hour of your time in the evenings.
8. Keep track of all the days you read – seeing a written log of all the days you read can inspire you to keep going when you start to lose motivation.
9. Use Goodreads Goodreads is a handy tool that helps create reading communities. In addition to the platform’s user friendly set up, it serves as an easy way to track the books you’ve read, want to read, or are currently reading.
10. Read a new genre – if you feel like you’re in a bit of a reading rut, try diversifying your content. Perhaps you’re a secret memoir fan but just haven’t read enough books of that genre! Find someone you’ve always admired (we’re looking at you Michelle Obama) and see if they’ve written a book.
11. Make it delicious – every time you read, reward yourself with a cozy cup of hot chocolate or an indulgent glass of wine. If you find that you’re motivated by external influences it makes the time you set aside to read feel extra lavish in an effort to read more books.
12. Reward yourself for every book finished – whether it be a financial reward (like buying yourself a cool pair of socks for every book read), or treating yourself to a slice of pizza when you otherwise wouldn’t, celebrating the end of a book is a worthy cause to invest in.
13. Start a book blog – whether you want others to read it, or it’s existence is only for your eyes, coming back to a catalog of the books you’ve read and enjoyed can make the process of reading feel more tactile than simply picking up and putting down a book.
14. Listen to audiobooks – this point seems to be contentious among “hard-core” readers. Books like Malcom Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers is arguably more entertaining to listen to than to read. When you listen to the book you’ll know why! Diversify the way you consume books – chances are you’re less likely to feel burned out in the long run.
15. Join an online book club – committing to an in person bookclub is ideal and fun and a brilliant excuse to drink wine on Wednesdays. But if you don’t have that kind of time, try joining an online bookclub like Emma Watson’s, Our Shared Shelf.
16. Go on vacation! Well, we get that this isn’t exactly feasible for everyone. If you’re planning a trip, try picking out a book by a local author, or else try reading up on the history of the area as prep for your trip.
17. Read at the same time everyday – schedule a time to read for “x” number of minutes everyday. Taking out the guess work of if and when you’ll have time to read will help you go from wanting to read, to actually reading more books.
18. Listen to book podcasts – sometimes we get caught up not finishing books because they’re too confusing. Or else, it can be hard to feel like you’re the only one reading them. Listening to other people talk about books is an ingenious way to both join a book club and sift through your own thoughts. Try Audio Book Club by Slate.
19. Dabble in the classics! Okay, this may cause you to read less books because they’re sometimes more challenging to read, but finishing classic books helps set the foundation for pretty much every other book that has come after it. Understanding Mr. Darcy’s importance is the underlying thesis of any novel worth calling itself a romance.
20. Judge a books by its cover – yes, we’re giving you cart blanche to walk into a bookstore (or library) and read whatever jumps off the shelf. At the end of the day, your reading goals are YOURS and it’s important they be achievable to you.
That's 20 Ways to Read More Books
So there you have it. 20 ways to read more books. We hope this has inspired you to continue on your reading journey through 2020 and beyond. As always, make sure to follow along on social media @westmarginpress and give us a comment, like, or share to keep the conversation going!