How to Read More

One of my goals for this year was to read 100 books by the end of 2018. At the time of writing this (November), I have finished early. How have I managed to do this while studying full-time and working part-time? Let me tell you!

#1 Listen to Audiobooks
Listening to audiobooks has had the biggest impact on my reading habits as of late. I did not read nearly as much as I do now. I listen to audiobooks on Audible as well as through my city library. You can listen to books while commuting, traveling, walking, cleaning – even in bed! This is a great way to make the most out of your time and make progress with your reading goals.

#2 Get an E-Reader
To be quite honest, I do not own an e-reader, it is my husband’s. I stole that ancient Kindle for myself and have been getting his money’s worth. But do not worry, he can use his tablet for the same purpose. And so could you, if you are not easily distracted by other apps on the tablet (or any other device). The Kindle app can be accessed through a computer, your smartphone, iPad etc. I find having a Kindle is the best fit for me: it has a great battery life, it does not hurt my eyes, it is light to carry and has saved me from many dull moments. I have been considering getting a new Kindle or an equivalent e-reader just to have one that is my own, so if you have any recommendations, let me know!

#3 Make use of libraries
I am fortunate enough to have access to the city library and the endless shelves of my university’s library. At a library, the options are endless, and you do not have to spend any money! Works well with minimalism and does not make moving a pain. Additionally, reading in a library is very atmospheric and inspiring. It is easy to focus in a silent space and being surrounded by so much knowledge just puts me to the mood to read.

#4 Use GoodReads
Using GoodReads is an incredible way to stay motivated. Setting my reading goal for the year was so exciting, and tracking it is even more so. GoodReads is also a great platform for getting recommendations, reviews and even a new community! This is a great way to get to know new people or connect with your friends on a different level. GoodReads accounts have sparked many fascinating conversations among my friends and although I am not very competitive, seeing my friends’ activities and books read really makes me want to grab a book. I get very motivated seeing people with thousands of books listed on their profiles: one day that’ll be me!

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