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Friday, January 6, 2012

Discussion: Tips for Reading More

If you are a blogger, or simply an avid reader, I'm sure this has been a question on your mind at one  time or another; How do we read better and more often? I have a few tips that I have found work for me and I hope they can work for you too!

1. Keep your books close.
 This just means to keep the books you are reading or just your pile of to-read books close to someplace you sit often, like your desk or your bed. That way, the books are there to tempt you and you see them every time you sit down/ get up.

2.   Every minute counts.

Using spare minutes here and there to read, I’ve found, adds up to a lot at the end of the day.  Read when you are waiting in line at the coffee shop, or while you are trying to fall asleep at night.  There are lots of other little times during the day you could use to read a few pages.

3.  Inform yourself.

The more you know about a book you are reading, the more likely you are to read it faster and enjoy it more. Reading non-spoilery reviews on books is a great way to set the mood for that book.  Or reading character/author interviews, participating in author chats and chatting on Twitter about the book.

4. Get comfortable.

Sometimes reading in an uncomfortable environment or position can cause you to want to put down what you’re reading and move somewhere else. The key is to get cozy and sit in your favorite armchair (or whatever you are comfortable sitting in) and make sure there isn’t any noise before you open that book. Chances are you will be so comfortable you won’t get distracted at all from it.

5. Discuss.
This one is even hard for me sometimes. Find someone in your family who wants to read the same book you do and discuss it as you go along. You can also join chats on Twitter and find someone interested in the book.  Book clubs are a great way to track your reading and discuss as well. There are online book clubs to get involved in as well. I will link one or two at the end of this post.

6. Schedule.
If you write a schedule to read for a certain amount of time at a designated time of day, you might be more motivated to read. The schedule doesn’t have to be set in stone. You know your reading habits better than anyone else. That will help you create a flexible schedule and hopefully be faithful to it.

Online book clubs:

Forbidden Book Club
Teen Reads

That is the last of my Tips for Reading More! I hope this helps you. In the comments, I would love to hear any of your tips you'd like to share!



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