Up until a few years ago I was one of those people who always said ‘I love reading but I can never find the time.’
And now I’m one of those people who is constantly asked ‘how do you find the time to read?’
Firstly I made reading a priority. There are lots of things I like doing but I LOVE reading so it was time to make time, instead of being too busy. Now I read every single day, sometimes it’s a few pages but when I have a full free day I’ll often devour a whole book with a cup of coffee in hand. In order to get into reading more I decided I would read in any spare moment so here are some times when I’ll whip out a book and get a few pages read.
- At bedtime
- With my breakfast
- On the bike at the gym
- Train journeys
- Ad breaks
- In the bath
- Whenever I’m waiting for someone (which is a lot)
The second way to read more is to stop reading. And by stop reading, I mean stop reading the books you don’t want to. Stop reaching for a classic that’s highly commended or the new bestselling thriller if that’s not your thing. Don’t be afraid to stop reading a book that you’re just not feeling. Life is too short for bad books. So, find a book you really really want to read and don’t settle for anything less. There’s nothing worse than wanting to read but not being interested in the book that’s lying on your bedside table.
Finally, find a community. Reading was always something that I classed as a lonely activity. I read books, loved them and never spoke to anyone else about them. But through Goodreads and blogging I’ve found people I can talk to about books which is so much better than reading them and forgetting them without a conversation. In the new year I’m determined to also join a book club so I can make some new book loving friends.