Hello everyone! It’s been a very busy Saturday for me, how is everyone else’s weekends going? Let me know in the comments.
Because it’s been so busy, I thought today’s blog could be quite chill and simple (and also because I have to write my next assignment for Uni, so I’m procrastinating). So I’m going to show you my reading spot, where I read all of my books, and give you a few top tips that I’ve been (*cough* trying *cough*) to follow in order to read more books this year. I’ve set myself a goal of reading at least 30 books by the end of this year, along with my 2017 Book Challenge. Which is possible because I have more than 30 books that I need to read, but also impossible, because like I said above… I procrastinate. A lot.
Without further ado, let’s get into! These three pictures below are my reading spots in my room, which is where I tend to read more as everywhere else in my house is super busy and loud majority of the time.
The first picture is of the tail end of my bed, usually I just take two comfortable pillows (one of them I got from Florida last year on holiday from a Disney store and I love it, it’s so apt!) and stick them at the other end of my bed. I don’t really know why but I find this much more comfortable. The top right picture is of the other side to my bed and the rest of my room (I only live in a box room), P.S. can you tell I like blue? And also, underneath my blue blanket is where all my books are currently being stored until my shelving is put up. The third picture is just of my reading spot along with the book I’m currently reading which is Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Now, I don’t know whether or not I’ll managed to finish my aim of reading 5 books a month due to a hectic schedule and procrastinating (two things that should never go hand in hand) so I’ve been trying to come up with some tips that could potentially help myself, and whoever is reading this, to read more books. And I really should follow these if I’m going to read my goal of 30 books this year.
- Read what you enjoy
This first tip is quite obvious but I think a lot of people kind of just forget about it. Reading whatever genre interests you is a great way of being able to read more as you are invested in the story and can sometimes finish the book quicker.
- If you aren’t enjoying a book, stop reading it
If you’re reading a book and you’re not enjoying it all that much, even though it is in a genre that you love, it’s not a bad thing to stop reading it altogether. You could always come back to it if you have time later on. But this allows you more time to read more books and find something that interests you more. If you’re not enjoying the book, it could become something that you HAVE to do, almost like a chore, when reading should be a leisure hobby.
- Set a goal and a deadline
This one seems a little too organised and makes it into a chore as well but not if you set it out beforehand and know when you want to finish the book and how many books you want to read. Otherwise it kind of just gets pushed to the back of your mind and by the time your ‘deadline’ rolls around, you may still not have finished reading it. I know I’ve been doing this with Hidden Figures so I’ve set myself a goal that by Sunday/Monday I will have finished this book.
- Make a list of what you are going to read in advance
This is extremely helpful at finding out your reading pace as well. If you set yourself a too high limit, you can always bring it down the next month or ramp it up if you find yourself speeding through the books. It also helps because then you know the thickness of your books which also helps with setting a deadline etc.
- If you have any spare time, use it!
This may also be an obvious one as well but if you do have spare time in the morning or on your lunch break at work/school. Or if you have free time on the weekends, pick up a book and read! Especially because I’m more tempted to go on my phone during my breaks at work but now that I’ve started taking my book, I read a couple of pages maybe even a chapter sometimes without even realising it.
- If loud noises distract you, find a calm and quiet place to read.
This is mainly why I read in my room. Sure there are noises going on outside my room that I can still minutely hear but my room is the quietest in the house and making use of that is really helping me to read more. I find that silence helps me to delve into whatever world I’m reading about clearly and so I’m reading and before I realise, I’ve read maybe 5 or 6 chapters in one go.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and I hope you find the tips useful! I’d love to know if you have any tips I could use to help read more books this year and I’d love to know if you have a special reading place that you use when you read? Let me know in the comments!