Hello, Kind Friends! For the next few weeks my Tuesday posts in the #5TipsFor series are going to cover different topics or goals related to common New Year’s Resolutions. Today’s post will go into how you can read more in the coming year. I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to let me know in the comments your thoughts on this topic and what other ideas you’d like me to cover in this series.
Tip #1: Listen to audiobooks
It’s a given, having someone read books to you while you work on other projects will help you read more than you normally would have. I love listening to audiobooks while I clean, run errands, get ready for my day, drive… It’s calming and fun to have a story with me at all times. You can also get your first book free with my referral link audibletrial.com/rebecca, so it’s not a big deal if you end up not liking it. Check out my initial Audible review if you want more details, it shares how I was very skeptical of the idea of audiobooks but completely changed my mind within a few minutes of joining Audible.
Tip #2: Carry a book with you always
Whether or not you carry an audiobook or an eBook on your phone, or even a small physical book, having a book with you at all times gives you more opportunity to read. Instead of endlessly scrolling on Instagram while you are in a long line at the supermarket, read a book! That seems like a much more enlightening and fun activity than hearting cute photos of pets (though I am guilty of doing that before bed).
Tip #3: Use your library card
Renting audiobooks and eBooks through your library is easy, saves a lot of time with the use of their apps, and saves money. If reading were always free, wouldn’t you do it more? I’ve read dozens of books this year through the Overdrive app, which connects to my local library. Now that I’ve finally started using Overdrive this year, I can’t look back. It has made consuming literature so much more convenient.
Tip #4: Set a monthly or yearly reading goal with friends
Having a goal that follows a list, say 10 of the best young adult books, the Popsugar reading challenge, or even joining a book club like the Perusutopia book club will help motivate your book reading throughout the year. Reading with peers is important because it’s a lot more engaging, you pay more attention to the words so that you have something to share with others, and so much more. It’s wonderful to connect with people over a story.
Tip #5: Set a time every day for reading
Even if it’s only for 15 minutes reading a little bit everyday, at the same time every day, is a great way to get more reading done overall. Try to pick a time where you know you will always be available, say at 7 PM every weekday, to spend a little time in another world. I said this in my 5 Tips For: Staying Inspired post, but working on your goals a little bit every day will make long-standing progress.
What books have you been reading lately? Do you have any book-related goals for 2016?
Leave me a comment letting me know your thoughts on this topic, what books you are reading, or anything else you’d like to chat about. I’d love to talk back and forth with you.