The Beginners Guide To Creating A Reading Habit
Updated: Jan 26
A book is a gift you can open again and again. —Garrison Keillor
Reading has so many benefits it:
Improves your memory and vocabulary
Helps you learn new things
Improves focus and concentration
There are a number of ways you can develop a daily reading habit. Read on for some tips.
1. Create a reading list (TBR - To Be Read)
To help you get started, create a reading list with Goodreads heres some great lists to get you started:
To check out all the fantastic lists of book recommendations on good reads go here
2. Set a goal
Setting a goal motivates yourself to read more. There's a few ways you can do this. Set a number of books you want to read in a year or a certain number of pages each day. The GoodReads reading challenge can help you there.
3. Schedule a time for reading
To make sure you reach your reading goals, you need to schedule it just like you would an appointment. Read first thing in the morning, during your work commute (Hello Audiobooks), at lunch or in the evening when everyone is bed. Figure out what works best for you. I personally take a book or two with me wherever I go, so if I get a minute or two I can indulge myself with a good book.
4. Carry a book everywhere you go
If you always carry some reading material with you then you can read whenever you get the chance. There's quite a few options out there now, physical books, audio books and ebooks. This allows you to spend those little pockets of time in your day reading instead of scrolling the internet.
5. Find a good place to read
Getting more reading time in helps when you have a good place to read. Somewhere quiet, without distractions. Popular places include your bed, cozy nook, comfortable armchair, on a park bench or at the beach and of course the library.
6. Eliminate distractions
Eliminate any external distractions that might interfere with your reading time that means turn off the tv and put the smart phone down - unless you are reading an ebook or listening to an audiobook of course!!
7. Read actively
Really think about what you are reading, highlight passages that resonate with you in an ebook or keep a notebook or reading journal with a pen or pencil to jot down interesting quotes or paragraphs.
8. Keep a reading Journal
I highly recommend keeping a reading journal where you can write down thoughts, opinions, reviews, favorite quotes, notes and other useful information on the various books that you will read. You can read these later to refresh your memory and get some inspired creativity going.
9. Replace other forms of entertainment with reading
A fantastic way to get more reading done is to replace other forms of entertainment with reading. Instead of watching TV, playing video games or mindlessly browsing the internet - read a book. This gets you reading more books on your TBR list.
10. Read multiple books at once
I have a confession I do this a lot, i see a book, I read the blurb, I read the first 50 words and I'm hooked, then I spot another book and do the same. So I bounce around books. I suggest doing this for a change of pace. Wanna know my secret I switch between one fiction book and one non fiction book at the same time.
11. Get a reading partner or join a book club
Having a reading partner or joining a book club can keep you on track to accomplish your reading goals. Maybe it's a friend, a significant other or a book club. You can start reading the same book at the same time with your partner. Then you can discuss it as your read it or once you both finish it.
12. Know when to quit.
Don't feel like you have to finish every book you start. If the book doesn’t entertain you and it's boring - JUST STOP! Don't waste your time. Simply drop it and start reading a different one. There's millions to choose from!
Reading is a wonderful thing, I hope this guide inspires you to read more and develop a daily reading habit.
Now go read that book!