Read more books. This has to be one of the most common new year resolutions out there. If it is one of yours, that is great! Seriously. I love reading. I think it is the best hobby you can have. Why? Not only can you learn almost any skill by reading, you also open up your mind to new worlds. Plus, science has proven that readers live longer. Just think of all the things you can do (or books you can read) in those extra few years.
But reading is time-consuming, making it particularly hard to fit around work, social events, and other obligations. However, if booktubers, bookstagrammers and bloggers are able to read 50+ books a year – you can too.
Here are 3 simple tips that will help you read 50+ books in 2018:
24 Hour Read-a-thon
If you are new to the online reading community, you may not be familiar with the term. A 24 hour read-a-thon is when you dedicate 24hours to reading. You are still able to eat, drink, sleep and even watch TV but the bulk of your time will be spent making a dent in your TBR pile. Depending on how fast you can read – and what books you choose – you can read at least 2 books in a single day.
You can even get other people involved, such as friends, family or other avid readers online. In fact, thinking about it, I may start up a readathon group on Facebook or Instagram myself. We can exchange book recommendations, give encouragement and discuss our progress. If you are interested and would like to get involved, leave a comment on this post.
There isn’t a day that goes by in which you do not scroll through your social media feed every time you have a few minutes to kill. You could be commuting to work, in line at the store or simply waiting for the kettle to boil in the office. Believe it or not, this is prime reading time, my friends! Most people will be able to gain 1-2 hours of extra reading time each day by reading on their phone every time they get a spare moment.
Listen to Audiobooks
Oh, audiobooks. How you make the most mundane of tasks more enjoyable – cleaning, cooking, walking, driving, you name it. The beauty of audiobooks is that they won’t interfere with your day-to-day responsibilities. They are a multitasker’s dream. You can listen to them while doing almost anything, adding at least 30 mins of extra reading time to your day. If you do not want to spend the money on a subscription service such as Audible, you can always check out your local library.
The bottom line is if you want to read 50+ books in 2018, you have to make the choice to read. Switch-off the TV a bit earlier in the evening; spend your lunch break reading in a park or cafe; and put your phone down (unless you are using the Kindle app).
What are your reading goals for 2018?