Summer is officially here and that means that going out in the day is going to be one task! I personally would love to curl up in the house with a nice cold coffee and a book. Most of the people complain that they don’t have enough time to read books or that they try to read but are never successful. I face that at times as well, it is difficult to find time to sit and read books and that’s why I am listing down a couple of things that I do to motivate myself to keep reading. I hope these tips help you too.
First things first, create your book-nook. A small place where you can sit comfortably without any distractions and read. It needn’t be a separate dedicated room or
anything just a chair in a
corner with a reading lamp should work. Throw in some comfy pillows and snuggle
up. You can also set up a table and chair near the window and read away. Make sure
there are no distractions around no
Television, no computer not even your cell phone if you can do that (I personally
can’t stay away from my phone)
This is something that I do very often. Whenever I am reading a book I keep a highlighter handy along with a pencil. If I come across something nice I highlight it. I also scribble down if a thought comes to my mind while reading. By the end of the book I would have few scribbled notes and highlighted parts making the books all the more personal to me.
We live in a world which is filled with apps and websites, make good use of them. Apps like GoodReads help log all the books you have read and plan to read, you can also write reviews, track your progress, read reviews by others, share your progress on Facebook and Twitter and basically be book buddies with your friends. This really helps and makes reading a little more fun.
Reading Challenges also helps a lot (Although I haven’t really completed any but it did help me read up a lot) reading challenges motivate you read more and helps you cultivate a reading habit. GoodReads has a book challenge where you decide to read a certain number of books every year. While you are at it, add me on GoodReads so that we could inspire each other. To add me click Here.
HTBrunch also conducts a #BrunchBookChallenge , you can follow me on Instagram and checkout books I am reading by clicking Here
There are many other challenges online, Check out the image for one of my favorite challenge.
Always carry a book-
Always carry a book with you and whenever you have some free time just start reading.
eBooks are great as they don’t
take up extra space in your bag, you can just read on your phone.
Dedicate some time everyday just for reading it could be 5 minutes or half an hour depending on your schedule. This would make sure that you read every day. The other way to do this is to decide number of pages to read every day. Decide to read at least 20 pages every day, you can do more if you have more time.
Keep a list-
Make a list of books that you want to read, you can use apps or make a handwritten list. This would make sure you never run out of things to read. There are many lists available online as well, posting some below.
Second hand books shops are your friend-
This is my favorite, visit old used
books shops! You get books at cheaper rate there and often find some good
deals. You’ll end up buying more books for lesser money thus making sure that
you never run out of books. If you are a regular customer the owner might also
give you additional discounts.
Start with topics and genre you love-
If you are just starting then it makes sense to start with books on topics and genre you love. This will keep you interested and will make sure that you complete the book.
Hope these tips help J
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April is the World Book Day.