Did you make a resolution to read more in 2018 or to read better books? Maybe you're curious how some of us read over 200 books a year without feeling discouraged or burned out. Great news because you can read more this year, too!
First, spend some time researching what you're interested in reading. It's not fun to read if you find yourself slogging through tedious pages or having your mind wander from the page. Give yourself permission to put down a book after fifty pages (it's okay, promise). You're not quitting. You're putting aside that book for an even better book that holds your interest.
Ask your friends for recommendation, ask us for recommendations, or check out Novelist if you like to browse for books by mood, genre or read-alikes, or join a community of readers like Goodreads. You can set a goal to read X number of books a year—imagine how great you'll feel when you mark your first book as read for the year.
Try listening to audiobooks, especially if you have a long commute. You can request books on CD or try eAudiobooks that download directly to your smartphone. Want to listen to something right now? Check out eAudiobooks that have no waitlist. Don't forget to check out Hoopla and RBdigital (formerly OneClick Digital) for even more titles. Need inspiration? Look through Arapahoe Libraries' staff audiobook favorites from 2017.
Set aside a time in your day just for reading. It could be fifteen minutes before dinner or twenty minutes before bed. Either way, that fifteen minutes will add up to over 90 hours of reading a year.
Carry a book with you so you always have one handy, perfect for when you're stuck waiting in line or at a doctor's office. Find a quiet place that you look forward to reading in so you'll look forward to a little quiet time that's just for you each day.
Not sure if you have fifteen or twenty minutes a day? How about fifteen or twenty pages a day? If you read twenty pages a day, you could read a 300 page book in 15 days. Sounds doable, doesn't it?
Try reading one book at a time, that way you won't feel pressured by multiple books all begging to be read. But make sure you know what book you want to read next! There's nothing worse than having nothing to read when you've finished a great book. Or try reading multiple books at a time. This can be helpful if you like to read certain types of books when you're in certain moods or if you've chosen something that's a little heavier.
Join a book club! These are perfect if you need motivation to finish a book or if you want to read something new. Arapahoe Libraries offers many different book clubs each month. Sign up for a book club today.
Feeling burned out from all the reading? It's okay to take a break. Books will always wait for you.