I am not a speed reader, and I’m busy if I can read over 50 books in a year, so can you!
- I Use A Reading Log.
I keep track of the books I read on a Pinterest Board, this motivates me to fill up the pinterest board. At the end of the year I like seeing all the different books I’ve read in one place.
- I Have a Reading List.
I have a pinterest board where I pin interesting books I might want to read.
- I Always Bring a Book. I always have a book (or two or three) in my purse, don’t you?
- I Set attainable goals: I set specific goals. Instead of saying “I’ll read more this year” Say “I’ll read a chapter a day” or “I’ll read ten minutes daily.”
- I Work it into my schedule: If you have time to browse facebook, pinterest, netflixs, Then you have time to read! Simply commit to reading 10 minutes before screentime. You’ll find that reading is more relaxing.
- I Keep a Commonplace Book: A commonplace book is a journal where you write down poems, passages, quotes you like. Keeping a book where you write down these passages can be motivating. You begin to want to find more things for your commonplace book, you also remember more of what you read.
- I Read With my Family: Reading with my family builds up our home culture, strengthens our bonds and let’s us discuss all sorts of topics (more) organically. When I see these good fruits I want to read more.
- I Read More than one Book at a time : I read a book of poetry, fiction, children’s fiction and a spiritual book. This keeps me interested as I begin to connect all sorts of ideas from the different genres.
- I Don’t always finish books: It’s okay to stop reading a book. If I dislike a book I give it a few chapters then move on to another one. Maybe it will speak to me in a year, maybe in ten years, maybe never.
- I Joined a Book Club: It’s good to have accountability and discussions. It doesn’t have to be a formal book club maybe just a few friends. The book club I’m in is just me and my sister-in-laws but it keeps me reading.
- I listen to Books on Audio: We always have a audiobook in the car, my kids love it and I get to revisit so many classics!
- I have a library card: This gives me freedom to read books I’m not sure I want to invest in. I also get all the audiobooks from the library.
- I Buy books cheap: I buy books used from all over locally and online.
- I read Book reviews: Reading reviews from goodreads or other book blogs can be helpful when I don’t know what to read next.
nottry not to be a Book Snob: It doesn’t always have to be a Classic. I read fun pseudoscience books, personality books, interior design coffee table books, children books . . .
- I “Unplug” for 2 hours: For two hours straight everyday I turn off my laptop and put away my phone. Scheduling in no screentime is just easier to manage than scheduling in limited screentime. I usually end up staying offline for more than 2 hours and I usually end up reading a book to avoid the housework.
- I READ. I Commit to reading at least 10 mins a day just like I commit to praying or exercising.
-Mrs. Karl T. Cooper, Jr.