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7 Ways to Read More Books

I feel like I’m Cookie Monster… Only Not.

I’m avoiding cookies because I’m currently on day 10 of the 21 day fix and I’ve essentially taken to devouring BOOKS. And of course by devouring books, I mean reading way more books today than I have probably ever… So yah, I’m not exactly a Cookie Monster at all ha! In February I read 5 books! That’s a big deal for me! Want to learn 7 Ways to Read More Books? Keep reading!

So if you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time you may know that I started a reading challenge through “GoodReads.” I have essentially challenged myself to read 30 books in 2018 (you can read all about that here). I’m excited to get the opportunity to share with my friends and family these books. I’m not exactly sure how I am going to do these book reviews. I had originally thought about doing an individual review for each book but I’m not really sure about that. We will see. No Time for books? Here’s 7 Ways to Read More.

7 Ways To Read More Books When You have NO TIME

7 Ways To Read More Books When You have NO TIME

  1. Download GoodReads and challenge yourself to read more. According to GoodReads I’m 20% of the way done with my 30 book challenge. How fun is that? It’s really been a fun way to gauge how far I’ve come in my reading. I know to some people 5 books in a month isn’t much but to me it really is. I have been enjoying watching the percentage sign increase as I’m working my way through a book. At any given time I have 3-5 books on my reading list.
  2. Put down the phone or tablet and step away from the computer. Intentionally stepping away from or unplugging from these things increases your available time. I notice this is true not only with regards to reading more but also in terms of getting things done around the house I am way more productive.
  3. Strategic Placement. Try placing books in random places throughout your house. I have a book beside my bed, in each of the bathrooms (ha) and near my computer. When I leave the house I bring a book with me, I just put it in my purse. You never know when you will have an opportunity to get a little reading in. Having a book on hand all the time has encouraged me to read versus mindlessly scroll through Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook. I’ve LOVED intentionally reading my books.
  4. Purchase an e-book! While I love holding a physical book and cuddling up on the couch sometimes an e-book is just what I need. Download the kindle app for your phone and browse all the many books on amazon. I love e-books because you can preview before you buy. A lot of times you can tell within the first few pages of a book if you’re going to enjoy it or not… atleast that seems to be true with me personally.
  5. Set aside time to read. For me personally the mornings work best to read but, honestly I sneak it in whenever I can. Whether it’s late at night as a means of winding down, early in the morning before the kids get up or randomly like me pencil it in. Be intentional with your reading.
  6. In a reading rut? Buy a new book! Visit a local bookstore and make a day out of it. Preview as many books as you’d like  before you bring one or two home (ha!). No time to do that? Read reviews on the GoodReads app or even amazon! There’s nothing like opening up a new book.
  7. Audio Books.* While I know the least about Audio Books I do know that they are super convenient. Really wanting to read that new book that just came out? Amazon’s Audible is an awesome option. There’s a 30 day trial where you can give it a try. The thing that has me sold on Audio Books is the fact that I can purchase a book and share it with my husband for his commute. I can “read” while doing normal household tasks. How much more enjoyable would folding laundry be while listening to a new book?

*I’m going to give Audible a try starting this weekend and I’ll let you guys know my honest opinion on audio books. At this point I do not have any first hand experience. I have asked friends and family members to share with me a bit about audio books. From what I can tell many of them use and love them! 

7 Ways To Read More Books When You have NO TIME

Reader Feedback

So I need some opinions here. I want to review some not all of the books that I am reading. Should I simply write reviews for the books that I read and loved after I read the book (that’s what I’m leaning toward) or should I do a broad summary of each on a monthly blog post?

*photos courtesy of unsplash – these artists are amazing! 

7 ways to read more books

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Dan Volpe
    March 2, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Written book reviews are fine, but I like video reviews. You can get a lot more information to your follower in less time. Also, it’s easier to portray your thoughts through speech as opposed to print.

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      graceinspiredhome
      March 5, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Ahhh yes I see a lot of value in video reviews too… Maybe one of these days I’ll do that! I’m a little nervous to be in front of the camera and putting myself out there like that but, you know I totally get what you are saying. I’ll see if I can get that going before long. :):) Thanks for the feedback Dan!

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    Brooke
    March 3, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Awesome tips! I’m in my last semester of college right now and having trouble finding time to read 🙁 Hopefully these help!

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      graceinspiredhome
      March 5, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      I hear you! The summer will be here before you know it! Maybe you can give audiobooks a try? 🙂

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    Eva
    March 5, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Thank you for these tips! I haven’t read a full book in a long while. I think audiobooks will work well for me!

    Eva | https://girlknowswhat.com/

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    Chloe
    March 5, 2018 at 11:01 am

    One of my goals for this year was to read more so I bought a kindle to help me find more books to read on my commute to work! These are such great tips that I’m definitely going to try to do!

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      graceinspiredhome
      March 5, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      That’s so awesome! I use the kindle app on my phone and LOVE it because its always available! I hope you accomplish all of your goals! 🙂

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    Becky
    March 5, 2018 at 11:19 am

    You just can’t beat a good book . I used to read so much before I had my children. I find that I barely read now, which makes me sad . I will aim to give myself more time to read , using some of your helpful tips .

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      graceinspiredhome
      March 5, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      I hear you girl! Loud and clear. Somewhere between my first and fourth kid I struggled to find any time for myself. Now I’m being deliberate with my time and I’m adding back slowly but surely the things that I love – reading is definitely one of those things! 🙂 Good luck Becky!

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    Ola Kelly
    March 5, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    I need to get back to reading before bedtime. I used to be a ”cookie” monster, but now my reading is relegated to vacation time. On a 7-day cruise, I can easily read 3 or 4 books. If I just cruise more often, I can read more often! ?

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      graceinspiredhome
      April 13, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      hehe I like how you think! Sounds like permission to “cruise more often” hehe!

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    monica
    April 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    I would suggest you start out with podcasts to really get into audiobooks, meanwhile, podcasts have become a part of the routine now, and I think its fun if you find something of interest.

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