I haven’t been reading much lately. Well, I do read a lot with my kids, I read a lot of blogs, online stories, cookbooks and magazines, but right now I mean reading a novel. The sort you can lose yourself in, transported to another time and place, surrounded by characters you know intimately.
By the time I get to bed (which is when I do most of my reading) I am totally zonked and cannot fathom holding up my book/screen and if I do push through I am only making it a few pages at a time before the words blur and I can no longer keep my eyes open.
It’s a shame, because I love to read and I want to read so I began thinking about what I could do differently to squeeze a little more book time into my days. As we all know, you don’t just find extra time, you make time for the things you love passionately. So here are my five tips on how to read more books.
My 5 best tips on how to read more books
1.Take it with You
You know those empty pockets of time that you find during the day. The ones that we usually absent mindedly pick up our phones and fool around. Arriving early for school pick up, waiting in a doctors office (there is half a book just there!), that spare 30 minutes before you have to be somewhere, waiting for a friend to turn up to a coffee date … Imagine how much more reading we could fit in to our day if we had our book on us. I’m going to try and make sure I have my book with me wherever I go.
2. Wake up Early
People prioritise exercise in their lives and force themselves to wake early enough to go out for a run (or whatever), why not wake up early and exercise your brain? Reading in the morning could work for me, the magic is going to be in figuring out what time I need to get up to beat the kids.
3. Only Read Books You Love
Try to be ruthless and only read books that you love. You know the sort that you can’t put down, you stay up to read ‘just one more chapter’, and it is constantly on your mind. Funny how we seem to make the time to read these. Why can’t every book be like that? I need to train myself to be making better book choices, and to ditch the book if it isn’t striking a chord, because no one has time for bad books.
4. Step Away from Social Media
This could be controversial but I had to include it because we are all guilty of wasting so much time on social media. Replace social media time with reading. I know I can fall into the trap of picking up my phone and getting sucked into the time warp of social media. I promise myself only 5 minutes, which quickly blows out as I get distracted and click through down a never ending rabbit hole. Why not ditch that, have your book sitting out to remind you, and swap for something more productive?
5. Surround Yourself with Books
Have books everywhere you sit down. Part of switching our phone habits mentioned above is to have the book on hand, in your face, quietly whispering alluring sweet nothings at you. There are a few places I like to rest my derriere, so this does mean having multiple books going at once, which I am okay with as long as only one of them is fiction. Find your balance and put a book, or a pile of them wherever you regularly sit down to relax a little.
You got this far so I thought that you deserve a bonus tip. I have tried this before but it personally doesn’t work for me so I didn’t include it in my top 5 tips. Nevertheless audio books can help you squeeze reading into your days because you can multi task – driving, doing the housework, or getting some exercise can all be done while consuming words – seems legit if you can make it work for you.
At the end of March I shared a list of what I’ve been reading, which a lot of you really loved so I thought it was time for an update on what books I have actually been able to fit in over the last 5 months.
I loved this book – just read it, now! A beautiful story of a young French girl who goes blind and her father who cares for her. When the Nazi’s occupy Paris they flee to her reclusive Uncle’s house by the sea, carrying what may be a very valuable and dangerous jewel from the museum her father works at. This is paralleled with the story of a very intelligent orphaned boy in Germany who earns a position in the Hitler Youth Academy and is quickly thrown into the war.
The girl on the train sees something during a moment in one of her daily commutes and cannot keep it to herself. The mess she gets entangled in slowly unravels on the pages. I was enthralled but overall didn’t rate the story very highly.
The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
Her life was perfect, then she found a letter addressed to herself from her husband, the catch is that she wasn’t supposed to read it unless her husband had died, he meant to get rid of it but didn’t. In it is his deepest darkest secret. I find Moriarty’s books very quick and easy to read and this was quite enjoyable.
This is a thrilling spy fiction type book that takes you on a journey to the dark side of the artistic world. If you like Dan Brown you would like this.
This is the sequel to The Rosie Project. The story continues after the Wife Project is complete and Rosie is pregnant. A great read on the way that Don deals with this. If you loved the first book this one won’t disappoint.
A 91 year old woman and a troubled teenage girl form an unlikely friendship as they have more in common than they realise. This book succeeds at telling both of their stories of being raised as an orphan. Loved it.
From the author of Eat Pray Love, this novel is set in the 19th Century and captures the bold spirit of an intelligent woman Alma as she moves through a lifetime story of love, adventure and discovery. A beautiful story that had me slowing down to her pace.
I am currently reading this and to be honest I am finding it throughly depressing so far. I’m going to stick with it for another couple of chapters to see if it picks up at all before I move on. If anyone else has read this, should I stay with it? It is the story of an Expat living in China with her husband and what happens when she opens a French themed cafe to distract herself from her worries.
Books I’m excited about …
I’m still yet to get to Murakami’s Colorless, because I think you have to be really switched on to read any of his books. George RR Martin’s books because they are huge and I need a lot of time to tackle all of these. Harper Lee’s finally released book Go Set a Watchman is still on my list but I have heard it isn’t great so it shuffled down the priorities a little bit. And I have added about 14 more books including The Martian by Andy Weir; the Shantaram sequel The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts, which will most likely be on my Christmas wishlist this year with the release due out in October; and The Girl in the Spiders Web which is the 4th book in the Stieg Larsson trilogy (I know 4 of 3 but he died and someone else finished it!) – I want to know what Lisbeth Salander does next! This takes my ‘want to read’ list to be sitting somewhere just under 100 and I know there are a few missing from this list!
I’m heading away on holidays at the end of the week and I need to figure out what book I am going to take with me! Decisions, decisions.
How do you find time to read?
Have you got an amazing book recommendation?
What should I read next?
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