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Try cutting back on social media. You know those minutes that turn into hours when you're scrolling through Instagram or Facebook? Try spending just a few minutes on social media and then read a book instead.
Cut back on the amount of television or streaming media you watch; you might be surprised how those hours spent in front of a screen add up. Better yet, try reading a book that was made into a movie or television series then reward yourself by watching the movie or series. Then think about the differences between the two mediums.
Try reading some young adult or children's literature. You'd be surprised how many of these books tug at your heartstrings or make you see the world with a new perspective. Bonus: young adult and children's books can read faster. Our staff loved these young adult books from 2017 and these children's books from 2017. Pick up a staff favorite picture book to whet your reading appetite. Do you read to your children before bed? That counts as reading time! You've probably read more books than you thought.
Motivated by numbers? Use the percentage read feature on a Kindle and set a goal to read ten percent (or more, you do you) a day.
Keep a book always nearby, maybe on your nightstand, by your favorite chair, or wherever else you spend a lot of time.
Do you like to listen to music while you work out or while you do chores around the house? Mix it up once in awhile with some audiobooks. Not sure if an audiobook will keep you motivated? Check out Audiofile magazine for their Golden Voice Narrators who are the best of the best, or scroll through Audiofile's Earphones Award Winners for titles that "excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text."
Find out if your favorite celebrity narrated an audiobook, like Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Tim Robbins, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dan Stevens. If you find a narrator you love, you'll make time to listen to their voice.
Want to branch outside what you typically read? Try a reading challenge like this 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, which challenges you to read outside your comfort zone. Find a reading buddy, someone who is also committed to reading more books this year.
Need to take a break from all the books you've read? Take a break! Books will always wait for you. And books make you happier. Happy reading!