Admit it, most of us spend our time scrolling on social media than actually reading books. The famous
lie line “I’m gonna read the whole day so don’t bother me please.” stays a myth. It never happen in real life. We either ended up going to Twitter or doing entirely unimportant things.I’ve been jealous to other people who read more than five books a month because I can never exceed the five-books-per-month curse that I believe some bad witch casted on me when I was still in my mother’s womb. So, I came up with some tips and tricks that actually work on me (but I have a very very very lazy ass so six books read is yet to be cross off) and hopefully it’ll help you too!
Before you say anything, audiobooks count as reading! Period. We’ll save this discussion for another blog post so let’s not get to deep about it but it counts. Audiobooks is the best tip for me! Audiobooks made it possible to read while doing your dishes, driving, etc. For someone who’s lazy to carry books whenever going out and not used to reading publicly, it’s saving my entire life.
I kinda wish ARCs have audiobooks, too. I’m drowning with so many unread ARCs right now tbvh.
2. Set a timer
Setting a timer before reading a book totally increases my lifetime span. You can set it for 10-20 minutes or anything that works for you that doesn’t look too intimidating.
Alternatively, you can set a goal for how many pages you want to read for the day. It is definitely up to you but I highly suggests to keep it small enough—like 20 pages. It seems a tad but it adds up pretty quick.
3. Join reading challenges
There are tons of reading challenges circling in the community and I’m sure you can find one that’ll work on you. To name a few, the most famous one is the Goodreads Reading Challenge, Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (I’m participating in the challenge and you can check out my tracker here), Beat the Backlist and see a compiled list from Girlxoxo here!
You can also do the 24 hour reading challenges with some friends or totally by yourself. Challenges enables us to channel our inner productivity to get certain things done—including reading! Viewing your goals as a challenge have higher success rate more than what you think.
4. Take a short socmed detox
In simple words, remove all the distractions—social media a.k.a your phone. Just like what I’ve said a while ago, we spent most of our time browsing on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Either we unlocked our phone just to squeal on Twitter about the book were reading but found ourselves scrolling for more than half an hour already.
Imagine, how many pages have you read if only you continued reading instead of scrolling for half an hour and another? (dear self, practice what you preach. sincerely, yours truly.)
5. Don’t be afraid to put a book down
IT’S OKAY TO DNF A BOOK! Don’t let yourself feel burden to finish a book. Why bother if it isn’t your taste? Time is gold so we should spend our reading time devouring great novels. You can pass the DNF book to a friend who might actually enjoy it.
So that is all with the tips I got for you to read more books. Hopefully, you found something that will help you along the way! Also, a reminder that a person who reads 100 books and another person who reads 10 books a year are both a reader.
Tell me what you think!
✏ Do you have some tips in mind you might want to share? Comment below!
✏ What are your takes on DNF-ing a book?