How To Read More

March 3, 2016
Happy World Book Day!! In Celebration  I wanted to share some some tips that have helped me Read More. I don't suggest skimming or speed reading, because I believe your comprehension suffers and don't understand the reason to rush.

Reading in your own time, should not feel like a chore. The best way to make it fun is to find a genre or author you love and immerse yourself in those books. There's no teacher forcing you to read the classics anymore, so don't feel pressured to do that. You don't have to read books you may have and haven't got to, because your hobby should remain something you enjoy. If you start a book and you don't like it, please stop reading it. There's so many books out there to enjoy don't waste your time on books you don't.

Yes TV, social media and socializing are great past times. But if you want to read more maybe recording a show, or checking out twitter at a set time will be a better approach. Make it a habit, by doing a little each day. You can read in 10-15 minute intervals whenever you can.  You should also set a feasible goal for yourself. If a book a week or every two weeks is what works for you, do what works.
   I never go anywhere without a book. There's time I'm waiting in line or for a train and I have five minutes that I spend reading.  Books don't have to be expensive, and there are many e-books available for free or at very low prices every day (Try BookBuB). Your library is also a great resource and most let you borrow e-books too, if you have a e-reader. There are usually at least a couple of used book stores in every city  so definitely find them and enjoy inexpensive books.

While you can have a great time reading for hours, your eyes and your mind need a break. I try to take a break every hour of reading, to surf the internet for a few minutes or just stretch. It definitely helps and can ward off drowsiness.

Keep track of what your reading through sites like Goodreads, or a pen and paper also work. You should create a big list of books you want to read, so that when you finish a book you will have the next one lined up.This will also make you read more, if you know there's alot of books your looking forward to reading.

I try to limit how much time I read a book, by telling myself I have to finish it in a few days. That may not work for everyone, but I've found it's encouraged me to have my own mental deadlines to keep going through the pages. If your goal oriented it will help you stay focused and work toward a goal. Again do what works for you if you can read a book every week comfortably that's what you should aim for.


Your brain is a muscle and exercising it through reading can literally keep your brain young. It helps you deal with anxiety by helping you relieve stress. You also relate better to others because reading makes you more empathetic.

For me reading has expanded my vocabulary, given me a great affordable hobby, and let me experience worlds and cultures I wouldn't have otherwise. So read more books, they are scientifically good for you!!

What are some tips that have helped you read more?


Kindlemom said...

All fabulous tips! I think I've been struggling with some of this and I definitely need to sit down and read more this year.

Angel Erin's Book Obsession said...

Great tips and all true about the wonderful benefits of reading! I will admit is struggle at times getting off social media or away from the TV. Sometimes though I let myself take a day or so away from reading so I don't get burned out. I love your tip for #1 it's so true about reading what you love. I hate DNFing a book, but I've gotten to the point where if it makes me miserable I'm done. I only try to keep sticking it out if it's for my IRL book club or a challenge. Again, great tips!! :)

InToriLex said...

Yes you truly have to make a conscious effort but it's so worth it in the end!

InToriLex said...

Thanks, definitely carve out as much time as you can!!

Aj @ Read All The Things! said...

Great tips. I started reading more when I stopped watching TV. I listen to TV shows while I’m blogging, but I rarely sit down and watch it anymore.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

InToriLex said...

yes I've stopped watching alot of TV too, it has allowed me to read so many more books!

Erin said...

Prioritizing is such a great tip, and I think it's one that bloggers overlook too much. I know that I try to read my ARCs first, but sometimes, I just need to take a break and read a book that I bought for myself.

I also struggling getting offline and reading, but I've been noticing that do a lot better when I put a stack of books on top of my laptop. Then I don't want to move them all to get online. lol

InToriLex said...

thats a good idea to have physical obstacle between you and your computer! lol Yes you definitely have to mix it up to make sure you don't burn out and are reading books you enjoy!

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