How To Read More this 2018
January 22, 2018 8:27 am
If your New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is to read more, this article is for you…
If you’re my kind of people, you’ll probably start this year with a whole bunch of resolutions and goals that will help you reinvent yourself. This is the perfect season to create the new “you”… every new year comes with new beginnings, and brand new habits we can adopt in order to make 2018 our best year so far.
Now I know a lot of people will choose working out more, or eating more healthy, balanced foods as their resolutions… things I know almost nothing about and any contribution I might offer would be rendered completely useless. But one thing I do know plenty about is books, so, if for this year’s resolution you chose to read more, you should continue reading this article. Next up, I’ll be sharing some steps to take in order to follow through with this goal.
1. Set achievable goals
If you’re not really the reading type don’t go all out and suddenly decide you’re going to read 20 books this year. This will probably result in you feeling intimidated by your own goal and not even reading half that number of books. Start with small objectives. Maybe set out to read a book a month, or twenty pages a day and see how you feel with that. I promise you’ll see progress.
2. Ask family members or friends to suggest books for you
The people closest to you know you best and are likely to know the types of books you might enjoy. If you know someone who really likes reading, ask them what kind of books they think would be good for you and write down their suggestions. You’ll probably end up with a long list of options selected specifically for you and then all that’s left is to start reading.
Ph. Clare Flynn
3. Craft a “Reading List” with the books you finish
Something that always pushes me to keep reading is my reading list. Keeping track of the books I’ve read motivates me to keep on reading, especially when it’s done in a cute, colorful way as pictured below. It just makes me want to fill the whole paper with nice illustrations of said books and that’s how I end up reading almost 20 every year.
4. Try out different genres
Maybe the reason why you haven’t been all that active with your reading is that you haven’t found the right genre. Pick a book from every style you can find (and that catch your eye) and start trying them out. You’ll definitely find at least one that will make you want to keep on reading and afterward explore that genre further.
5. Start reading!
Don’t wait until half the year flies by to realize that you never picked up a single book! Choose your first victim and start reading. Don’t make up any excuses. Just do it. It’s easier than you think.
Well, there you have it. These are the simple steps to take in order to have books become a strong presence in your 2018. I promise it’s completely worth it and that you’ll see the positive effects this habit will bring to your lives soon enough :)