‘Reading forces you to be quiet in a World that no longer makes place for that” –John Green
It’s such a thrill to start a new book and know that I’ll be having a new experience or learning something I didn’t know before. Of course, finding the time to read can be a struggle however if reading brings you great joy – then you’ll find the time to do it.
- Get Amongst It
If you’re feeling out of touch of what books there are to read or looking for inspiration then subscribe to a mailing list such as Booktopia or Book Depository so that you’re staying up to date with the latest books. Also, find some old goodies that you may have heard of but never read before. A great way to keep track of books you want to read is the app ‘Goodreads’. You can set a Reading Challenge for the year, start a list of books you want to read, keep a list of books that you have read and also receive updates on books that have been released or is currently popular.
2. There Are Options Besides Reading
In 2017 I used Audible for the first time and have been using it since. I will frequently be reading a book and listening to another book via Audible. When I am reading/ listening I like to alternate between Fiction and Non-Fiction to keep things interesting. I tend to read before bed, rather than listening to Audio Books since listening to books will make me fall asleep! I listen to Audio Books when driving in my car or on the bus. By listening to Audio Books, it will increase the number of books that you read. I’m not a fan of Kindle type books, however you also have that as an option. Kindles are much lighter to carry around and you can have it ‘open’ without needing a hand to hold down your pages – making it much easier to read whilst eating or at a desk etc.
3. What is Your Goal?
Last year I set myself a Reading Challenge on the Goodreads app of 40 books in one year. I finished just shy of that target at around 38 books. However, there are people out there that read hundreds of books in one year!! So, set yourself a challenge as it will be another motivating factor. Also, talk with others about the books you’re reading, and you may find that you have similar interests or perhaps you will inspire others to do some more reading themselves!