Whether you’ve just begun to realize that you haven’t been reading enough books, or you’ve continuously set a reading goal year after year only to realize at the end that you’ve completely forgotten them, these 8 tips will help you kickstart that reading resolution!
- Start a Reading Challenge It helps to have a goal in mind. Set how many books you want to read for the year, and then, decide how many you’ll read for each month. For example, 24 books means you’ll have to read at least two books a month. Write a list of books that you want to read and set a reminder every day when it’s time to read the book. There are websites, like Goodreads, that help track reading challenges, too.
- Set a Dedicated Reading Time
Consistency is key. Spend at least 30 minutes to one hour a day reading a book. It can be before you sleep, or during your lunch break. Just make sure to set a reminder on your phone, and make sure to follow it!
- Always Carry a Book with You
Whenever you go out, make sure you have at least a book with you. Trust me, you’re going to need it in emergency situations, like when you’re stuck in traffic or when you’re waiting for a friend who’s taking forever. Alternately, you can also buy an e-book so you can have it on your phone or kindle!
- Limit your Time on Social Media
Time passes by quickly when we’re endlessly scrolling on our newsfeeds, watching Facebook videos and sharing memes, before we realize that hours have already gone by. Imagine if you’ve used these hours for reading instead, you’ve probably finished a chapter or two!
- Explore New Genres
Have you always been a romance reader or have you always been a fan of crime books? Get out of your comfort zone and expand your horizons by exploring other genres! There are plenty of great books that you might be missing out by sticking to only one genre. You’ll never know, you might even meet your next favorite book.Some brave picks would be Shakira Sison and Ian Casocot’s Don’t Tell Anyone and Ambeth Ocampo’s Looking Back 13: Guns of the Katipunan
- Listen to Audiobooks
Listening to audiobooks is not “cheating.” If you’re working 8 hours a day, it gives you time to rest your eyes while finishing your favorite book. You can also listen to audiobooks while commuting, exercising, or doing chores. It’s the best of both worlds, really!
- Write about the Books You’ve Read
To reflect more on the books you’ve read, you can also write or blog about them. Aside from creating a deeper understanding of each book, this will also help you develop your writing skills and critical thinking skills.
- Join a Book Club or Start One with Your Friends
Some of the pros of joining a book club is you get to discover more books, discuss the books you’ve read, and be more motivated in reading. Alternately, you can also get in touch with some bookworm friends of yours to exchange book recommendations and spark a literary discussion.
Arvyn Cerezo is a Manila-based freelance writer/journalist specializing in arts, culture, and technology. Having worked as a book editor at a major publishing house in the Philippines, he is well-versed on the different segments of trade book publishing—print, e-book, and audiobook.
A certified bookworm, he writes book reviews for Publishers Weekly and AudioFile Magazine. Arvyn also loves learning languages. He has an English degree, and he’s currently working on his Spanish level C1.
You can find him at @ArvynCerezo on Twitter and on arvyncerezo.com.