How I’m getting more reading done in 2019

In 2018, I feel as though I read maybe 15 books through the whole year, and that includes book clubs and book related activities. This year, I am making an effort to read more. Here’s how I’m doing this:

  • Tracking: I wrote a post last year on how I was giving up on goodreads, and honestly, while I still dislike the interface on the website, the app is at the very least better, and I can easily input books I am reading and working my way through. It’s better than any other alternative, and that’s what matters.
  • Don’t break the chain: While I am not formally using a “don’t break the chain” chart, I am working on reading every day, rather than doing other activities, such as watching youtube videos or endlessly scrolling on facebook.
  • Audiobooks: This has been my secret weapon. I know some people don’t consider this reading, but in my book, it most certainly is. I check out audiobooks through an app called Hoopla, and through it, I’ve read so many books I would have never otherwise picked up.
  • Abundance: I have been checking out books from the library in masses of 10 or 12, and honestly, doing so allows me to feel like I have options. Options tend not to paralyze me with books, meaning I can pick up any number of choices and just read in my free time.
  • Did Not Finish: Sometimes, not finishing makes all the difference. If I am not jiving with a book, or the content is tedious or the story isn’t engaging, I just don’t finish the book. And that’s okay too.

I love that I am reading more this year, and it feels like I have a big of myself back. I’ve always identified as a reader, and this year, I’m living that. And that’s what is important to me.

What are you reading this week? What was the last book you read that made you feel something? Let me know in a comment below!

-M

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