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  1. I love these tips. I’m definitely one of those people who want to read more but don’t feel like I have the time, yet I’ll be cruising a web of online videos while trying to sleep. I need to put the devices down and find some quiet time for more books. I really like the idea of setting goals too

    1. Thanks, Emma! I hear you – I definitely reach for my phone before my book most days. A good habit to try and break!

  2. Gus Feliciano says:

    This should and might become one of my 2021 goals, I love reading but I think I just do not make the time for it!

    Let’s see if I can pick up my slack this year and love the idea of bookstagrammers, never knew that was a thing lol.

    1. Good luck! You got this!

  3. Lynn Mejia says:

    Omg! Scholastic. How nostalgic. I remember saving all my money for the book fairs. I love this so much! I haven’t read a book in forever and I used to have boundary issues with reading. I’d read a book for days and would not eat or sleep because I just wanted to finish it and know the end! I’m hoping to get into it again with boundaries in place this year. Thanks for sharing x

    1. Thanks, Lynn! I was just listening to a podcast where the guest sets a timer to read for 20 mins each day. Maybe that would help!

  4. I really love these tips! One of my goals this year is to read more. And what works more for me is tracking the amount of time i read each day. I try to read for 10-20 minutes. i’d love to join like an online book club or surround myself with people from the community, it will definietly get me more motivated.
    Right now i’m ready Harry Potter and the Order of the phoenix. So i’m working on finishing the Harry Potter serie and then move on to another one. And i’d love to have the habit to reach for a book instead of my phone everytime i’m bored!

    1. Thanks so much, Noemie! I love the idea of having a set timer. Enjoy the rest of Harry Potter!

  5. My goal for this year is to read 52 books! I’m definitely going to invest in an e reader to help it along. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Great goal! And yes, highly recommend the e-reader!

  6. Cristina Rosano says:

    I love these tips! I have been on such reading slumps last year, so I could use some of them for sure! I want to try and cut some times even during the day to read, instead of just before going to bed. I love how positive this post was! Thanks for sharing x

    1. Thanks so much, Cristina! Reading during the day is such a nice way to break things up.

  7. A few years ago I decided I wanted to read more, so I started to keep track of the books I was reading. I wrote the title on a list once I was done a book and found that really motivating to see how I was making progress on my goal to keep reading.

    Reading books I enjoy has been key to this, like you mentioned. I have come across some that I just couldn’t get into and saw how it negatively impacted my reading routine. I like to finish things I start, but some books just aren’t worth it!

    1. Thanks, Alison! Yes, tracking reads is super motivating. And I hear you on certain books throwing off your reading routine. I’m trying to only stick with books I love this year!

  8. Jenny in Neverland says:

    Oh my gosh the Scholastic Book Catalogue! I remember that! I was a HUGE reader in school. I loved the book fairs and took part in my local library book challenge every Summer and would always smash it. I was such a Hermione xD But I still love reading now although I’m not a particularly fast reader. These are great tips. I hate those people that seem to think the amount of books we read is some sort of competition, it’s ridiculous (says me who at age 10 was boasting about how many books she read over the summer hahaha!) xxx

    1. Thanks, Jenny! Yes, I remember the library book challenges over the summer – so fun! Yeah, it’s an interesting balance between tracking books for fun and to motivate yourself and getting competitive about how many you read – to the point where you’re not enjoying them!

  9. Eleanor Jones says:

    Ooh I love this post! I used to read a lot and then when I went to University I never made time for it 🙁 great tips, I’m determined to read lots in 2021 x

    1. Thanks so much, Eleanor! Yes, going to university certainly hurt my ability to read for pleasure too!

  10. I hate not finishing a book, and that’s usually when I stop reading! I need to accept that sometimes it’s not possible to keep reading! I used to read all the time on my commute, but since I’ve started to work from home I’ve really struggled to find where it fits in my new routine! But I think I’m getting there, and thanks for your tips!

    Katie |

    1. Thanks, Katie! It really is so hard to put down a book. I like to think of it not as giving up on that book but actually giving up on future better books that I won’t have time for if I stick with this crappy one. And finding time is super tough. I now do a lot of reading on audio when I’m walking the dog or cooking!

  11. I love the point about DNF. I’ve been trying to get into reading, and I began reading The Flatshare after reading many positive reviews, but I find it such a struggle to get through. Now I’ve put it down and moved on it’s much better and I’m enjoying reading again xx

    1. Thanks, Hannah! Ah I enjoyed The Flatshare but can totally see why it wouldn’t be for everyone – took me time to get into. So glad you’ve put it down and moved on. So much better than dreading a read!

  12. Deborah Grant-Dudley says:

    Great post. My tip is to include some easier reads like children’s fiction. I write travel mysteries for readers aged 11+ and I know a lot of my readers are adults!

    1. Such a good tip! Thanks, Deborah! I read a few middle grade books in 2020 and it was so refreshing!

  13. You’re so right, sometimes I continue reading a book purely so I can add it to my read shelf but I should just move on! I have about 5 books checked out at the moment which is bad for me because I haven’t started any…but I’ve told myself that I will start one tonight xx Great post 🙂

    1. Thanks, Caroline! I think I also have five books right now so need to start making some headway before they’re all due back!

  14. Heh, you know I’ve been struggling with this my entire life. I’m finally reading books on a consistent basis and sometimes, I’m amazed that I’m actually reading, lol

    I agree with most of your tips although for me, I’ve found that I haven’t really had success with setting time aside to do something. Usually when I do something, it just happens. That explains why I’ve been struggling with consistently, heh.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Kenny! Glad you’ve found a way to get more into reading. Yes, not all of these tips will work for everyone but hopefully everyone can find a few that work!

  15. These are great tips! I wrote a similar post on my blog too. 2020 was also the year I read 70+ books after not reading much for years! I especially agree with your tip about finding a book community (I love watching booktube videos) and reading what you love. I realized reading felt like a chore to me because I wasn’t reading genres I enjoyed. This past year I realized I LOVE fantasy so that’s like 95% of what I read now.

    1. Thanks so much and congrats on reading so much in 2020! I’ll have to go check out your post and read your tips. Finding a genre you love is so helpful – I think I’m still trying to find the one for me!

  16. I think these are really important! I set a goal last year to read more and I found so much joy in reading! I ended up reading the whole Harry Potter series!

    1. Thanks, Emily! So glad you’ve been enjoying reading!

  17. I like you have always been a reader. I remember getting absolutely spoiled at Christmas time, but would always say a new book was my favourite gift! Fast forward…I haven’t changed a bit. Some great tips you’ve shared. And, readers always make for the best writers.

    1. Thanks, Renee! Yes, getting books at Christmas is the best. And then ignoring everyone while you read 😉

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