How To Make Yourself Read More Books? (Especially When You Don’t Reading Them)

17 Sep

Want to read more books? Here are 5 simple ways to make that occur.

Whenever we tell people we read an average of one to two books a week, we get the exact same question:"How can you read a lot of? I simply don't have the time."

Actually, you do have enough time, however, the simple answer -- stating you just need to decide that reading is more important than other optional activities like social networking, TV, etc. -- can also be too simple.

After all, if studying were as simple as just choosing to read more, we'd all be avid readers. (As we would all be fitter, fitter, and healthier.)

So let us dig a little deeper. ONLY If You Wish to read!

Quit reading novels you feel you're supposed to see.

When I was in my early 20s I moved on a classic-author binge: Melville. Hawthorne. Tolstoy. Proust. (Those were a few really difficult miles) Dostoevsky. Steinbeck. Faulkner.

Almost everyone of us thought their novels were books we are suppose to read. We thought having read the classics could create me... we do not understand, could make me a thing.

Don't attempt to read what you believe you're supposed to read. Read what you enjoy.

And do not worry that studying what you like is really a waste of time. Say you are trying to improve yourself; you'll love reading novels which make you smarter, or more skilled, or even more connected, or even much more inspired. You will enjoy reading books that make a difference in your life.

And that's all that matters.

Be Bold and stop reading a book you don't enjoy.

Most of us read for enjoyment. If we pick up a book and do not like it, then put it down. Never feel inadequate if you do not enjoy what you are supposed to like. Reading is private. Yours is the only opinion that matters.

I had to hear this. I had that"permission." I frequently feel compelled to finish something I start; if I do not, I really feel like a quitter.

Although quitting is sometimes the best thing to do.

When a book doesn't grab you, let it move. If you are two-thirds of how through and the writer has dropped you, let it proceed. Watch it like a sunk cost. Do not waste time finishing a book you do not like when you can spend time reading a book you do enjoy.

Plus, even studying one great book virtually always leads you to some other great book. Reading a poor novel makes you never need to read again.

Put reading time on your program.

Sound odd? It is not. I understand a variety of people that get up early and read for 30 minutes until they start their day. I understand a lot more who browse for 30 minutes before they go to bed.

If something is important enough to want to do, it is important enough to schedule.

Try it. See reading for a priority. Block time out. Not only are you going to see more, you will feel great about it the fact you're doing something great for yourself.

Take benefit of "edge time"

If you are like most people, your biggest down times during the workday occur during your sail, when you're in airports, or whenever you're awaiting appointments.

Consider that time as "edge time" Some individuals, like Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, programs calls for his drive to get the job done. He does not schedule calls for his drive; instead, he returns calls for people on the West Coast.

You are able to do the exact same with reading, particularly when sudden edge time pops up. I'd like to commute two hours one way and always had a book with me. When I got stuck in traffic could see. If I chose to prevent eating, I might see. When I had an appointment and got stuck in the dark hole in a reception area, I could read.

Always have a book with you -- because you never know when you'll locate some edge time.

Read novels you can then talk about.

Reading is great, but it could also be a lonely activity. Everything happens on your head, in your imagination, in your emotions. Reading is not a shared activity.

If you don't make it.

Request a friend for recommendations. Ask a colleague for recommendations. (If you are struggling to find great books to read, those are terrific places to get started.)

And then ring back again. Ask your friend what he or she enjoyed most about the publication. Consult your colleague what he or she took away from the publication. Make the book the springboard for a wider conversation.

And feel free to engage the writer. Trust authors really like to hear from readers. Writing is a lonely task, too. You'll be surprised by the links and even relationships you can grow by beginning a dialogue with the author (Hi, Ryan Holiday!) Of a book you enjoy.

The bottom line: See what you like. Non-fiction, fiction, teen lit, picture books --who cares? If you want it, then that's all that matters. I love anything from Lee Child. (Malcolm Gladwell calls him a"guilty pleasure," but did enjoying what you truly enjoy ever cause you to feel guilty?) Same with John Grisham. And John Sandford. And Philippa Gregory. And…

A lot of the moment we will need to at least consider what other folks believe --but not when it stands in the way of living the life we really wish to live.

It's your life. Live it your way.

And see exactly what you would like to read.

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