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Six Tips To Help You Read More

Last week I posted my reading list for 2016. It’s 52 books long and a continuation of my 2015 project to read one book per week.

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.)

Happy reading!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Lu Ann @ The Cup of Life
    January 14, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    These are awesome tips! I have a stash of books I need to get through but sometimes it feels like work with the amount I have. I really like the first bit where you mention I don’t need an hour. I’m totally going to keep my book near me when making dinner tonight.
    P.S. I loved that you worked tea into the post 😉

    • Reply
      Mel Hattie
      January 15, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Thanks Lu Ann! I hope you were successful with dinner and reading. 😉 I just started The Book of Tea and am quite enjoying what a rascal Kakuzo Okakura is.

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