I was having a conversation with a friend recently about our reading habits. Mine are borderline obsessive, and I whip through a 500-page book a week on average. My friend had set a New Year’s Resolution to spend more time reading, and had set a goal of 50 pages a day. But she was averaging half of that, and was disappointed in her progress so far.
She asked how I read so much. “Because I’m single, I live alone and I like to read more than I like to do most other things,” I replied. “Like leave my apartment.”
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2. Track your reading progress
If you’re training for a marathon, you usually keep track of how many miles you’re accumulating, and how much time you’re spending pounding the pavement. If you want to read more, the same type of documentation can help.
I use Goodreads to keep track of — and yes, kind of brag about — my reading adventures. Its website and app let you update your progress as you make your way through a book, and log the books you’ve finished.
You can share your progress to Facebook. Making it an ongoing and visible quest to all your friends might help ramp up your reading habits, just the same way people posting their mileage progress helps keep them motivated for marathon day.
You can also use Goodreads to document the books you want to read in the future, so that when you finish one book you’ll have a quick and easy way to refresh yourself on what you want to read next.
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4. Only read what you’re into. Put a book down forever if you have to
Life is too short. If it doesn’t feel worth it to you and you’re not having fun with it, there’s absolutely no shame in not finishing a book. Do you finish watching a TV series if the first two episodes completely suck? (If you do, you’re some kind of masochistic completist.) So why should a book be any different?
Also, don’t shy away from books that appeal to you because other people would call them guilty pleasures. With reading, there’s really no such thing as a “guilty pleasure.” It’s the 21st century; no book is illegal. Don’t let people harsh your buzz about something you like.
When you’re not reading for a curriculum, reading itself shouldn’t feel like a burden.
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8. Get in tight with a book nerd
People who love books really love hooking up other people with reading recommendations. They live for it, in fact, and are often quick to loan out their own fast-thumbed copies. When a book delights you or makes you feel something significant, you generally want to spread that to others.
When you’re hanging out with one of these voracious readers, they’ll make you want to read more just by simple proximity. They’ll be tearing through book after book, encouraging you to keep up with them, eager that you finish the last book they gave you because they want to talk about it without spoiling anything. It’d kind of like having a personal trainer — but for making you break a mental sweat.
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