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Reading is essential in many ways, from what it teaches you about the world to how it improves your language abilities and provides a way to relax. Yes, despite these benefits of, many people have gotten out of the habit. After all, why spend time on a book when the movie is going to come out anyway? If that sounds familiar, but you’re itching to get back into reading mode to enjoy any or all of those mentioned benefits, then the list below is for you. These 10 suggestions will make it easier to read more books. Put together, you can expect to read a lot more without drastically changing your daily routine.
How to read more books even when you’re super busy
Even if you feel like there is little time to fit books into your busy schedule, a few simple tweaks can make it easier to get back into the habit of reading. Doing so can bring you even more enjoyment in life than you might exect.
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. —Anna Quindlen
1. Take advantage of online book sites
Ironically, the Internet that has drawn so many people away from reading is also a terrific place to find books on virtually any subject. Some, such as alKeyTAB Pro, provide a wide selection of material in easy-to-use formats. Online sites are particularly useful resources for those who want to learn more about topics that interest them.
2. To read more books, take one everywhere you go
A recent Entrepreneur article points out that carrying a book around makes it easy to make use of “wasted” moments. Waiting in line or the minutes before meetings can be reading opportunities.
Today, that activity is easier than ever before, thanks to e-readers. Some are so thin and light they fit easily into a back pocket or handbag, but then so does a paperback.
3. Read several novels at once
Keep books on different topics around the house. Reading several books in a variety of genres keeps ideas fresh and is a great solution for those who get bored quickly.
4. Become a book club member
Book clubs set deadlines for members to finish reading books, which makes it more likely that they will get through several books a year. You’re well on your way to the goal to read more books this year!
Readers also have the pleasure of sharing their thoughts about novels with other readers. Look forward to gaining new perspectives from those discussions.
5. Keep a list of what you’ve read
Many readers enjoy listing all the books they’ve read. It helps create a sense of progress and is a terrific source for book recommendations. Watching a list grow also tends to motivate readers to continue in their journey.
6. Feel free to mark up books
According to the University of California, Santa Barbara, reading often is one of the best ways to grow vocabulary, expand general knowledge, and strengthen analytical thinking skills. Marking up a book while reading enhances these benefits by highlighting information and ideas. Once words or passages are marked, it is easy for readers to go back and review them.
7. Look for cheap (or free) books
A great way to build a library is to take advantage of cheap books. Online sites are great resources for cheap e-books and affordable volumes.
Many sellers there offer inexpensive used copies. You can also find free books at the library, and sometimes people simply give away books they no longer want at home.
8. Read about topics of interest
While some people enjoy reading about everything, most have focused interests. Those who stick to books about things that interest them get through many more books.
9. Bedtime is a great time to read more books
Keep a book on the nightstand and read a little before going to sleep. It is relaxing and a great way to get in a few pages each day.
10. Consider audiobooks too
While some people might think that audiobooks don’t count as reading, they provide an excellent solution for those who have long commutes or are always on the move. Listening to a good book can make a long, boring trip a lot more interesting.
Final words on how to read more books
Reading is a great way to stimulate the mind, and there are several ways anyone can motivate themselves to get through several books a year. They include building an inexpensive library, reading before bed, choosing only books on topics of interest, and, in a pinch, using audiobooks.
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