Over the course of last year I found there were a few things that really worked for me to help me get through my list. I hope they help you too!
Never underestimate what you can do with five minutes.
You don’t need half an hour to ‘sit down and read’. You can grab your book and read a chapter while waiting for supper to defrost in the microwave.
Always keep your book at hand.
Use public transit. Even if it takes longer than driving, you can focus on a story instead of traffic. Sounds like a worthwhile tradeoff to me. Plus, you’ll save money on gas!
Keep a reading log.
Hold yourself accountable. You’re also way more likely to remember what you read in a few months or a year if you jot down a few sentences about what you thought of the book or ideas that came to you while reading it.
Reading books is great. Remembering them is even better.
Read books you like
This may sound obvious but even I’ve found myself slogging away through the latest à la mode thought piece or trending book club hit for the sake of having said I read it, only to hate it the entire time.
If a book is not working for you, just dump it.
There are better books out there for you and any person who says you’re not complete unless you’ve read Naomi Klein or Eat, Pray, Love should probably be avoided at all costs.
That being said, don’t be afraid to give things a try. Even if they’re not your usual cup of tea.
[white_box]I worked tea into the post. Yippee![/white_box]
Read before bed.
I’ve got an alarm that goes off and tells me to get ready for bed. It also puts you in a great place to fall asleep.
Put your phone in ‘silent’ mode.
Distractions kill the mood and your focus while reading. Ain’t nobody got time for texts (or worse: push notifications. Blech.)