How I Read So Much

Every time I post my monthly reading wrap up on Instagram, I get questions about how I read so much. It’s kind of tricky for me to answer, because I genuinely love to read, and have ever since I was a kid. I remember going to the library as a little kid, and coming out with a pile of books so high that I’d set them on my lap and be able to set my chin on them. And my love continued as I got older, too – I devoured Harry Potter and Twilight and The Hunger Games and The Princess Diaries and so, so many more. I didn’t read very much during college – there’s only so many hours in a day! – but picked it up again pretty quickly again after graduation. It’s just something that I love. And I think it’s really important to acknowledge that I’m single, have no kids to take care of, and don’t really have a ton of “real-world”responsibilities to deal with daily.

So part of my answer is that I’m able to read so much because I love to do it, and I make time for it. But I do think there are things I do to make sure I have time for it – and things you can do too, if you want to start trying to read a little more.

Read Multiple Formats at the Same Time

I almost always am reading an audiobook and an ebook at the same time. I got into audiobooks only a year or two ago (I have a post on it here – I mostly use and Everand), and reading in audiobook form has helped me a lot to read in times when reading a physical book wouldn’t be possible! I try to keep the genres I’m reading different (I especially love memoirs and non-fiction in audiobook form) to make sure I can keep the stories separate in my mind.

Start and End My Day Reading

If you’re someone who wants to read more, this is a small thing you can do to start building the habit. Because as much as I do love reading, it is still a habit, and the more you do it, the easier it is to do it more and more. So I try to start and end every day with reading. It’s not necessarily for a long time – I’ll read while I drink my first cup of coffee in the morning, and at night in bed before I fall asleep. Sometimes, by the end of the night, it’s just a few pages before I fall asleep! But it still makes sure I’m reading at least a little bit every single day.

DNF Books Liberally

There are some people who will finish a book once they’ve started it, no matter what. I am not one of those people! If I find that I’m not enjoying a book for whatever reason, I’ll let myself DNF (do not finish) it. Reading is something I do for fun – if I find myself dreading opening up whatever book I’m in the middle of, it’s a sign for me that I should stop reading it. Sometimes it’s a mood thing, and I’ll come back to it a few weeks (or months) later, and sometimes it’s just not for me, and I don’t read it. Not every book will be the right fit for every person, and that’s totally ok.

Always Keep Books Nearby

Reading on my iPad and listening to audiobooks, both of which are always within reach for me, has been huge for the amount I read. If I have a few spare minutes and I’m deciding between a book or TV, it’s much easier to pick the book if it’s actually within reach. So sometimes, this means that I’ll carry my iPad around the house with me even if I don’t actually get to read, but it’s worth it for the times that I do end up using it!

Read What I Love

Of all the tips, I think that this is the most important. I don’t force myself to read genres that I’m not interested. Sometimes, this means that I read all of the Bridgerton books one right after another, because that’s what I’m in the mood for. Sometimes, I want litfic or a thriller instead. But even if all you ever want to read is romance – that’s ok! There’s nothing that makes one genre better than another. Read whatever makes you happy!

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