I have tried for the last few years to read more books. I am not an expert on reading books and I know there are experts who would disagree with what works for me. However, I know that I have created my own system that has produced great results and I believe it can help others read more too.
1) Don’t set a goal to read a certain number of books
I know that this sounds strange. It sounds strange to me because I believe strongly in setting goals but for this purpose it has only hurt me when I try to set goals to read a certain number of books. Although I enjoy reading, it is a recreational activity for me. When I set a number of books I want to read by a certain time I feel pressured to read. I want to achieve my goals and when I get behind it is frustrating to feel like I have to read. For example, I read the entire New Testament during lent. It was great, but I also felt very rushed. I didn’t enjoy it or comprehend it as much as I would have liked. I know that if I would have stretched it out over a longer period of time I would have enjoyed it more and gotten more out of it.
2) Stop reading a book if you don’t like it
I have learned this from others who read a lot of books, my dad in particular. I used to try and force my way through a book even when I didn’t like it. All that made me want to do was find other reasons to not read. Now if I start reading a book and I don’t like it I put it down and start something else. There are way too many good books out there to waste your time reading something that you don’t enjoy.
3) Find time to read
Saturday mornings have become my time to read. I can’t always read on Saturday’s but that is the time that I enjoy reading the most. I know for some people that is a time where they don’t have a spare minute but for me it is a great time to read and it is when I enjoy reading the most. If there is nothing going on I can sit and read for hours.