In 2019 I set a goal of reading 30 books. I read 64 that year.
In 2020 I set a goal of reading 65 books. I read 84 last year.
In 2021 I set a goal of reading 75 books. I’m currently reading 3 books, which will be numbers 19, 20, and 21 of the year.
Last year I had the beginning of the pandemic to allow me to stay home and read as many books as I wanted. My town library shut down in March, but luckily I had borrowed the entire Harry Potter series earlier in the year. I read all 7 in April and May of last year to hold me over until the library opened back up. And I honestly just spent most of my summer outside reading as much as I could.
So if you’re wondering how I read so many books, here are some of my hints and tips:
1. Read whenever I have spare time.
I’ve always read at night before bed; I’ll typically give myself 30 minutes to an hour to read before lights out. I also read on my lunch breaks. I’d bring a book with me to work when I was in the office and would sit at my desk and read after I ate. I still do that now that I’m working from home. I’ll also sometimes read after I’m done with work as a way to decompress before having dinner.
2. Carrying a book wherever I go.
I normally carry my entire life in my purse but I make sure I buy one/use one big enough to hold a book. I’ll read while waiting at the doctor’s office or when I’m at the ice cream shop and we have some down time, I’ll read.
3. Read more than one book at a time.
I used to never do this but it’s something I started doing last year. I’ll read two books at once: typically one non-fiction and one fiction. If I didn’t take any non-fiction books out of the library, I’ll read two fiction ones but the storylines have to be pretty different so I don’t confuse them. I’ll choose one to read during the day and the other to read at night before bed.
4. DNF books I don’t like.
Sometimes it’s hard to give up on a book because you want to give it a chance since someone took the time to write it. But there are just times that you’ve not vibing with a book or it’s not what you expected. It’s okay to not finish it. By accepting that I can DNF books, I don’t spend unnecessary time reading them when I could be reading other books I enjoy.
My fellow readers: what are some of your reading tips?