Happy Thursday Savvy Readers! We’re already halfway through January if you can believe it, and if you’re anything like me, chances are you’re already thinking about how you’re going to reach your My Book Pledge reading goal for the year! Whether you’re a little overzealous like myself and have committed to reading 100 books this year, or you’re a little more practical and chose a number in the double-digits, I’ve come up with a list of tips to keep you on track this year!
1. Audiobooks are your friend.
If you’re some kind of reading snob, you might want to stop reading this post, because I’m about to share with you the joy of audiobooks! Incredibly portable and easy to listen to whether you’re in the car, on the subway, walking, running, or just doing your dishes, audiobooks are a fantastic way to ensure you reach your My Book Pledge goal this year! Reading isn’t about staring at a page, it’s about a story coming to life and taking you on an enjoyable journey. So don’t feel bad about “cheating” when you listen to audiobooks – literature is meant to be enjoyed! And who doesn’t love being read to? Bonus: audiobooks are incredibly easy on the eyes.
2. Make it a habit.
If you want to make real progress on your reading goal this year and commit to regularly reading you should absolutely look for ways to make it a habit! On average it can take up to two months to create a new habit, so while you might not always *feel* like reading, carving out a dedicated time to read each day and sticking with it will ensure you stay on track with your reading until it becomes second nature! Eventually, you’ll find yourself looking forward to your daily reading window and you’ll wonder how you ever went without out! The best times to try and read regularly? Right before you go to sleep, or wake up half an hour early!
3. Don’t be afraid to abandon what you don’t enjoy.
So many books, so little time. Nothing puts me in a reading slump and demotivates me from reading like when I try to force myself to read a book I’m not truly enjoying. Don’t force yourself to finish books you don’t enjoy. Once you free yourself from the expectation of reading every book you pick up from cover to cover you’ll be free to pick up as many books as you want on a whim! Life is too short and there are too many books out there to waste time on one you’re not feeling, especially after the 50th page. Find what you love and let go of the books you don’t!
4. Alternate genres, topics, and lengths.
Variety is the spice of life, of which books are no exception! Alternating between different genres, writing styles, topics, and even book lengths can help ensure you never fall into a reading slump. When each book is a new and exciting adventure, you’ll find yourself more eager to read and to find out what happens next!
5. Track your progress.
If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re already tracking your reading with My Book Pledge! Tracking your reading and keeping a list of the books you’ve read can be incredibly rewarding, help to keep you on track, and stay motivated in your reading goals! There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of adding another finished book to your shelf (physical or digital). If you haven’t already joined us over at My Book Pledge and set your reading goal, there’s still time! Click here to sign up.
6. Join a book club.
Digital or physical, book clubs are amazing communities of like-minded people and can help you stay on track when it comes to reading. Knowing you’ll be meeting regularly gives you a reason to finish your books in a timely manner and will keep you motivated to finish so you can discuss your latest read among friends! Although book clubs used to require physically going to someone’s house, nowadays there are plenty of book clubs to be found online, so whether you live close by to your bookish friends or distance makes physical meet-ups more difficult everyone has a chance to join the book club of their dreams!
7. Stay motivated.
No matter what, stay motivated! Whether you only finish one chapter a night or an entire book, reward yourself for the small accomplishments along the way to your goal! For longer books that take time to finish, consider treating yourself every hundred pages or sharing your success with the bookish community either via Facebook, Instagram or tweet us about your latest reading triumphs!
8. Always be carrying.
Here at the Savvy Reader, we love to practice our ABCs, a.k.a. the golden rule: Always Be Carrying. Don’t leave home without a book or something to read! Whether you’re waiting in line, for the bus, or find yourself with a few minutes to spare, you’ll never be bored if you’re carrying a book! Although it’s easy to find yourself browsing the internet in your downtime, a good book is even better. Top tip: try reading on your phone for maximum efficiency!
9. Keep a small stack of books you want to read.
There’s nothing worse than wasting time not reading because you’re waiting on a book to come in from the library or arrive in the mail! Keep a small TBR pile closeby so you always have another book to reach for when you’re ready!
10. Remember to have FUN!
Reading should be fun and relaxing, not another chore on your to-do list! Read books that you enjoy, and don’t feel pressured to read because you feel like you have to. Read because you want to! Don’t dismiss books because they aren’t serious or high-brow enough, the best reads are purely for fun. Read for yourself, and remember, it’s all in good fun. So don’t take yourself, or your goal too seriously.
That’s all I have for you today Savvy Readers! I hope this list will help you reach your reading goals (and mine!).
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