It’s hard to finish a book cover to cover. Sometimes the book you are reading has boring sections that are difficult to read past. Other times, life is hectic and you don’t have much free-time left in your schedule. Here are four tips to help you read more:

  • Make reading a priority:“Nobody is too busy, it’s just a matter of priorities.” If you really want to read more books, you need to make it a priority. Instead of watching a TV show in the evening, make a habit of reading your book. To help motivate you, figure out why you want to read more and how you would benefit from it.
  • Set aside time every day: Every morning after breakfast, I set aside 15-20 minutes to read. In these few minutes, I can usually read through 20-30 pages. If I do this seven days a week, I read around 200 pages. Most people have 20 minutes to spare either in the morning, before bed, or in between tasks. Consistently setting aside time helps keep excuses at bay.
  • Choose books you like: It’s difficult to read a 500 page autobiography about a person you don’t care to know every detail about. Get to know which genres interest you and choose the majority of books you read from that genre. I, for example, really like classics, like Huckleberry Finn or To Kill a Mockingbird. While I’ve read a good number of classics, there are still plenty more that I want to read. I keep a list of books which I want to read on my phone which makes it a lot easier when it is time to go to the library.
  • Find a book club: If you don’t know where to start, joining a book club is a great way to find new books. Nowadays, there are plenty of online book clubs through podcasts which you can follow along with on your own. Not only will this help you with scheduling, as you won’t want to fall behind, but it will also help you analyze the work by hearing others’ opinions.
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