Sometimes – and this is going to sound unbelievably narcissistic – I amaze myself with how fast I read. I read for around 30-40 minutes the other day, and somehow managed to get 70 pages through my book!
People sometimes comment on how I read so much, especially when I have university work, am writing a book, and doing a whole bunch of other stuff.
My first instinct is to simply say “I don’t know”, but in reality, I know that there are some things that I do that you can probably implement into your daily life to help you read more.
Reading something I enjoy – this is so simple, but really, not a lot of people think of it. I read things I know that I’ll enjoy – historical fiction, YA, MG, fantasy, crime etc. If I enjoy it, I’m far more likely to pick up the book when I have a spare 10 minutes rather than scrolling through Twitter.
Bringing a book everywhere with me – I remember my mum introducing me by saying, “This is Hannah, she’s almost always got a book with her.” And that’s true! I bring my book almost everywhere with me, whether it’s a physical book, on my phone, or my Kindle. If I get stuck out somewhere, I can read, or if I have a longer-than-usual bus journey voila – I have a book, and you can get a surprising amount read on public transport.
Setting miniature goals – this makes reading sound pretty competitive, and I think it’s probably better to get you through your course reading, but sometimes I’ll say “Ok, I’ll read to page 70 by the end of the day”. Because I’m so competitive and stubborn, I usually get it done!
Follow the lines – if I’m having trouble keeping on track, or just getting distracted, I take a bookmark and following the lines down the page as I read. You can do a similar thing with a pen, but it’s actually a huge help to read faster – and it’s a legit tip that speed readers recommend! But mainly, it helps to keep me on track when I’m tired and struggling with comprehension but still want to read.
Read short books – ultimate cop-out, but when people say “you read 10 books this month?! How?!” I’ve often mixed in some books below 300 pages with the longer ones! Comics and poetry books can also help you feel more accomplished if reading more helps you feel better. Sometimes if I’m slogging through some 500 page novel or whatever, reading a short book or a graphic novel can give me a boost to get it finished!
I really hope that these tips have helped you. The one main one that I have yet to list is this: always be reading something! If you’re not reading something all the time, how can you be expecting to read more?! Once you finish a book, take some time to digest it, then don’t wait too long before picking up another one.
Do you have any tips to add to this list?