One of the questions I get asked a lot is: “How do you read so many books?! I can barely finish 4 a year!”
That 4 really makes me shake my head in sadness. I think I could safely say that on a slow month, I read only 4 books. To me, there’s nothing like delving into the mind of a writer or five.
Now I understand that not everyone is a readaholic like me, but I think that a lot of people like the idea of reading, but they don’t see how to make it happen with all the other things going on in their lives. I have a few suggestions that may help you make this wonderful world of reading happen for you!
You want to read more? Here are some helpful hints to get you on you way.
- Pick books that really interest you. Just because someone else loves a book doesn’t mean you have to like it too. Find several books that pique your interest and make a list of To Be Reads.
- Go to the library or bookstore… a lot! The more I go, the more I add to my TBR stack of books beside my bed or on my list.
- Get some TBR books (from the library or store). You can’t read them if they can’t be in your hot little hands.
- Put books in places where you like to read. For example, I have my Bible in the living room. (Hey, I just realized how appropriately I picked the place to read my Bible – Living Word in the living room. Get it? Ha, I slay me.) Anyway, I know that I’ll have a few minutes to myself in the morning so keep it in the living room where I will have my cup of coffee and some wake up time with God. I have another book by the bed so that I can pick it up before sleeping. I keep a few in my car so if I find myself with some free time away from home, I always have a back up plan. I keep one at work that I read over the lunch hour. My new coworkers are finding how easily I can tune them out when I start reading. The point is to keep books that you want to read handy.
- Find an author you LOVE. Read everything that person writes. You’ll find that you can’t wait to get the next book that he/she publishes.
- Ask friends for great reads. Often other people would love to suggest great reads, but they’ll only offer them if asked. So ask away!
- Don’t give up. So what if you can’t read as fast as anyone else. The goal is to finish, not to compare yourself to someone else.