How To Read More: The Secret To Reading A Lot Of Books

Reading is important, so if you enjoy it, if you want to read more - make time for it. You're really not as busy as you say you are ...

How To Read More

Reading is important, so if you enjoy it, if you want to read more - make time for it. You're really not as busy as you say you are - if you really want to read more, you'll find the time. There are loads of little ways of sneaking in a few extra pages: Queuing? Read. Walking somewhere? Read. Commuting? Read. Instead of watching another one of those TV programmes you're not really interested in but it's on TV so you'll watch it anyway? Read.


1. Make it a daily habit
2. Carry a book with you everywhere
3. Buy an eReader or use your phone as one
4. Keep track of all your books
5. Have a to-read list & get your next book lined up
6. Mix up your genres, keeps things varied
7. Set a daily page target & a yearly book challenge
8. Document your reading
9. Review books you've read
10. Get involved - join a book club
11. Read everywhere and anywhere

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  1. Some fabulous tips for reading more! I've made it a habit to read before bed every night and also keep a novel on me when I'm in transit. I'm not much of an eReader myself, since I love having a book in my hands, so I always make sure my handbags are big enough to fit a fairly large book.

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  3. That Miranda July short story collection is one of my favourite things in the world.

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  4. I really wanna read more often but I can hardly read for uni. I hope I can get more into it with time. Also Ham on Rye is an absolute favorite of all the books I've ever read <3

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  5. Excellent tips! I love reading. I set up a challenge on goodreads to read 30 books this year and I actually accomplished that the other day! I have a feeling I won't be able to read as much on my free time when I start uni, but as I'll be studying literature I'll get to read a lot anyway... :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  6. Ioanna9/10/2014

    Lovely suggestions. I really want to join a book club!


    Ioanna | www.hearting.co.uk

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  7. I would love to try a book club! x

    BerrieBlogs {beauty blog}

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  8. Fantastic tips! Goodreads is such an excellent source of inspiration for reading, I've done their challenge two years in a row and managed to read 40 books a year!

    Bramble & Thorn

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  9. Carrying one with me makes me read so much more. Those commutes add up to a lot of hours by the end of the week and I find myself half way through a book in no time!

    www.sophschoices.co.uk

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  10. the secret is learning to walk while reading :)

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  11. I have really fallen of the reading wagon. I just need to get back in the groove, haha. Of course, instead of picking up a book during down time not at home, I've started reaching for my DS. Oops! Do you have a goodreads? I'd love to follow you on there!

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  12. Check, check, checkity check!

    The one thing I don't do is 10 and two days ago I sent an email to this blog I found, where people who read talk about books. IT LOOKS AWESOME. So I'm waiting for them to email me back. That's a book club, right?

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  13. Great post! I officially need to start carrying a book around with me so that I reach for it over my other gadgets :)

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  14. Lara de Mercy9/10/2014

    I really like this post :) I think so many people nowadays put off reading as it seems "time consuming" but really it isn't. I use to worry so much about not having enough time for it, until I figured I would just take my book with me everywhere- you can always read and theres always plenty of time on bus or tube journeys or waiting somewhere! :) In the end I winded up being able to read as much as I used to years ago and now I have even dedicated many of my blog posts on books as well haha xx
    www.seven-days.co.uk

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  15. These are really great tips! I used to read a lot when I was a child, but then I stopped for some reason and I only got back into it about two years ago. Setting up an account on Goodreads as well as a challenge for the year definitely got me to read more. Setting goals is always a good start for being more productive I think. Also, I make it a point to read before bed, which is such a great way to relax at the end of the day :)

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  16. Thank you for the great tips! I love reading, but there's always something more important to do! I actually set myself a target of reading 10 books this month, but I'm struggling a bit... I'll try to follow somo of your advice!
    Beth xx
    swallowsandskylines.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. This is, quite possibly, my favourite blog post EVER!

    I make it mandatory for myself to read every single day and on those (very few) days on which I don't read, I feel as if something is missing. And something IS missing. Reading has become such a constant in my life that when I don't have a book with me, it's as if I'm missing a limb.

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  18. I love these tips. I always feel guilty for not reading as much as I use to as I feel it is important and I do love it so much. I've been more busy as of late but I'm thinking I can replace browsing on my phone during my spare moments with putting my nose in a book. More productive and definitely more satisfying :)

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  20. It took me a while to get back into reading but now I have it fully re engrained! I have my own book club at my cafe which helps keep me focused too!

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  21. I love my eReader and books equally, I just find the Kobo more convenient for travel and it's so light I have no excuse not to take it with me everywhere ;))

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  22. I thought it was O-K when I first read it.. I think I might give it another go.

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  23. Bukowski is fantastic and Ham on Rye is amazing!

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  24. Congratulations! :)) I achieved my target too.. I didn't want to up the books though because this part of the year starts to get a little busy. Next year I think I am going to really challenge myself though..

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  25. I haven't ever joined one and I'm curious.. I'm not sure how I would deal with HAVING to read a specific book, sometimes I'm just not in the mood to read things. But I'd love to try a club!

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  26. I've been thinking about it more and more!

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  27. Oh absolutely! I skipped two years of the challenge but now I want to do it every year - it really pushes me when I have a target. I think next year I might REALLY challenge myself :))

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  28. All those little spare moments like waiting for people or transport and 10 minutes before work or bed - it all adds up!

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  29. YES! I love doing this :))

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  30. I do this A LOT. At the moment my DS is being picked up more than my books, I really need to learn to balance things out a bit more.

    Yes I'm on Goodreads - I'd love for you to add me!
    https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2400462-sophie

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  31. Yeahhh, that counts! ;)) It sounds fun too! I haven't joined a book club.. I'm not sure how I would copying with having to read a specific book within a time frame.. but I'd like to try at some point! It's nice discussing books with other people.

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  32. Yes! Carry a book OR put some books on your phone :))

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  33. Yup, loads of people claim they "don't have time" and it's a lie. Not saying I am the busiest person alive but I run a business, I have a blog, I have chores like everyone else, and I manage to read a couple of books a week (which I don't think is enough) - we all have the same amount of hours in a day. People like to THINK they are busy, but they're not. So many people slump in front of the TV instead of doing something more productive (I know I would be guilty of this if we had a TV!)


    Going to check out those book posts of yours!

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  34. I am all about the goals! They totally work - give yourself a target and you just WANT to hit it :))

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  35. Hmm, I think reading IS really important, it's one of THE most important things. I mean, I'm a pretty busy person and I manage to read quite a bit.. I think people think they are busiest than they actually are. Nobody is busy 24/7, even when I worked +14hr days at two jobs I still managed to read in between housework and other priorities.

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  36. Ahh, thank you SO MUCH! Super pleased you enjoyed it.


    I definitely miss reading when I haven't been doing it enough (like recently).

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  37. Exactly - replacing those little moments of "wasted" time (a couple of hours spent watching a TV programme that isn't that important/interesting, a few moments on our phones here and there, etc.) with reading makes sneaking in a few extra books that much easier :))

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  38. That sounds AMAZING! A book club at a cafe - the dream!

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  39. That's what I like about this group. You comment on the books you're reading at the moment, no dates, no pressure. It's like a Booktuber thing but also in writting. :D

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  40. Ah thanks! Well I'd had the cafe about 9 months, and finally decided to get myself back into reading - it's a good excuse to! Though sometimes I'm a very bad book club organiser and I don't read it!
    You got a favourite book of all time?

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  41. Lara de Mercy9/15/2014

    I couldn't agree more Sophie! That is exactly what I keep telling my friends and family. I am starting my final year doing law and then will be working as a lawyer- I don't think life ever stops or gets quieter so anything you want to do you have to create the time for it- and people need to stop waiting for time to happen :)
    xx

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  42. I used to read all the time but when I started uni, I felt like I didn't have time...which was a bad excuse. Since leaving uni, I've caught the reading bug again but I'm pretty busy during the day.

    I travel a lot on the train (I live in the middle of nowhere in the south west of England so going anywhere takes at least an hour haha) so I've started reading on the train...it makes the journey so much quicker and enjoyable! I actually look forward to train journeys now because it means I get to spend at least an hour with my book :p

    Meg | Optical Intake

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  43. I think it might be Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close because I have read that a lot and it makes me laugh and cry every time.

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  44. GillianLife9/20/2014

    you can read this book "How to Read this Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading"

    >IntelligentReading.com/....

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