Read more with these sure-fire tips; because everyone deserves to curl up with a big blanket and a good book once in a while.
P.S.: All these tricks are keeping me on track for my reading challenge this year!
Thank you to Chapters Indigo for providing me with “Five Feet Apart” as my second novel of 2019. All opinions are 100% my own and I am so excited to share my review with you!
At the start of every year, I set myself up with a number of books to read. However, since becoming a mother, my annual reading challenge has proven a bit more difficult. Prior to having kids, I could easily read 50 novels in the span of 12 months. But, with lifestyle changes and an unpredictable schedule, I’ve had to adjust accordingly.
Over the last couple of years, I lost sight of some of the things that I truly enjoyed doing – reading being one of them. As a part of my new self-care rituals and habits, I’ve put effort in giving myself more “me time.”
You know what? You should, too!
If you’re looking to read more, here are some methods that I use. There’s always time for a good book!
5 Ways to Read More Often
Rather than skimming your phone before bed, whip out your current novel and get in some reading time then.
Hint: if it’s ‘lights out’ for everyone and a lamp would bother your partner, consider getting a mini clip-on light to facilitate this new reading habit.
Hit the Road with Your Books!
Our family is consistently on the road and since Joe is our primary driver, I take the passenger’s seat and have the advantage of down-time to read.
You can also do this if you take public transportation to work, school, etc. It’ll make the commute seem a lot quicker!
Set Aside Special ‘Me Time’
Work it out with your family to schedule some personal time for yourself. I like to hop in a warm bath and get lost in a good book! I find it relaxing and it is rewarding that I’m steps closer into achieving my reading goals.
During the summer months, I make my way to the local park and take a moment to read there.
As mentioned, I set myself up with reading goals at the beginning of each year. I use Goodreads to keep track of the books I’ve read and it really keeps me motivated.
You can even create your own tracker by jotting down your progress in a pretty notebook. I think lists and trackers help you to hold yourself accountable to reading on a more regular basis.
Join a Book Club
If independent reading isn’t as motivating for you, then consider joining a book club! Again, in order to read more, there has to be some sort of accountability. Stories may be more interesting for you when you hear the opinions and perspectives of peers and friends.
Find a Book and Get Excited
It’s all about finding the right titles.
Whether I’m browsing my favourite book store or getting recommendations from my friends, I make sure to jot down a list of titles as potential future reads. Getting excited about my next novel gets me extra motivated to read more.
Regarding the progress for of my latest reading challenge, I’d say I’m definitely on track. In fact, I have wrapped up book number 2 (out of 12) and swept right through it; mainly because I was so excited about it.
In this latest blog post, one of the book categories I wanted to dive into was a book turning into a motion picture, and so I have obtained my own copy of “Five Feet Apart.”
Inspiring, emotional, and pages filled with love; “Five Feet Apart” is an unexpected love story. Stella and Will are cystic fibrosis patients. With this condition, cystic fibrosis patients are told to stand at least six feet apart from each other. But Stella takes a leap of faith and ‘steals’ the extra foot – just like everything has been stolen from her since her diagnosis.
I’m so happy to claim “Five Feet Apart” as my second read for 2019. It actually made me reminiscent of reading Nicolas Sparks’ “A Walk to Remember” for the first time; mainly because of its heartbreaking yet inspiring plotline. Be sure to get your tissues out for this one.
I highly recommend “Five Feet Apart” and can’t wait for the motion picture, set for early spring, and starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse (yay!).
Mamas (and Papas), how do you find ways to read more?