My goal this year was originally 75, then I changed it to 100, and now I’m at 104 books in mid-September. I read a mix of fiction and non-fiction although lately, it’s just been a TON of fiction which makes reading a lot of books pretty easy. When people ask how I can read so much, I wonder, how can you spend so much time watching TV or surfing social media on your phone? Each year, I’ve increased my goal bit by bit and here’s how I read so much.
1. My books are accessible everywhere.
I keep several hard copy books and a Kindle on my nightstand. The Kindle app on my phone and iPad are synced so I can read when I’m waiting in line somewhere. I keep several books and magazines downstairs so no matter where I am, I can read.
2. I read anytime even if just for a few minutes.
I don’t make reading a big long time commitment. I may only read a few minutes before bed or when I wake up but those few minutes. Usually, once I start reading, I will read a little more than I expected. I might also grab a page or two if I’m out running errands and waiting.
3. I support the library and get 99% of my books there so cost isn’t an issue.
I’m fortunate to live in Charlotte where we have an amazing library system. I can get audio and e-books sent to my Kindle with a few clicks at no cost. Because I read so much, it would be really expensive to buy all those books. If I don’t finish a book in time, I renew it. If I can’t renew, then I just put it on hold and then resume when it’s back in my queue. The library makes all those features available for free!
4. I read books that I enjoy.
This sounds like a no-brainer but often people slog through books they hate and then get turned off from reading. I find authors that I enjoy and then “binge” read their books. If my library doesn’t have certain books, I use the Inter-Library system where I can get books on loan from other libraries. This usually costs me about $2 per book which is still less than buying.
I also constantly ask and scour magazines for book recommendations. That way I can read what my friends are reading and then have something to discuss (besides the weather and TV). When I’m reading a good book, I’ll want to read it more and that motivation is key!
5. I prioritize reading over the internet.
We’re all so used to reaching for our phones when we have a free moment. Instead, I reach for my Kindle or a book. If I’m out and only have my phone, instead of mindlessly surfing social media or checking email for the millionth time, I’ll open my Kindle app and continue reading my latest book. When I get back to my Kindle at home, it updates to the last location read. I also love a break from the internet.
In summary, reading isn’t all that hard if you make it accessible, enjoyable (but not expensive), and a priority in your life.
And if you have a book that you love and want to recommend, please add me on GoodReads!