14 Ways to Read More Books

Do you want to read more books? But you just don’t have enough time? Between working, life and bingeing on Netflix, there’s just not enough hours in the day left for reading.

As a busy bookworm, I understand where you are coming from. But I think it is possible to fit more reading time into your daily schedule. It’s just a matter of prioritising reading in your life. You might be surprised by how many extra minutes of reading you can squeeze into your day.

Last year I managed to read 105 books. Below are some of the ways I clawed back some reading time in my day.

1. Read books that you like

It sounds simple doesn’t it? But how many times have you gotten stuck on a slow, boring book and kept persevering, even when reading it felt like an unpleasant chore. If it feels like work then there’s no way you are going to burn through those pages. So, don’t waste time on books you aren’t enjoying and instead go to the next book on your to be read pile.

2. Catch public transport

This tip worked in my favour in the past because I used to have a two-hour commute to and from work. But now that I work from home as a freelancer, it’s not a method I can use as much. I know not everyone can catch public transport around but, if you do, use this as your reading time. And try not to fall asleep!

3. Read during meal times

I must admit that this is not the most social option on this list, but it’s a good way of finding more time to read. Breakfast time is great for a quick read while you munch on some toast. During your lunch break, you can leave the office and go and read in a pleasant park. Or ignore your colleagues and read in the lunchroom (but be prepared to be asked “What are you reading?” many times). If you have an understanding family, you can even read at the dinner table! (Note: this method works well if you can convince your significant other to read as well.)

4. Buy a book series and binge read it

Firstly, do your research and read reviews about the book series to make sure it’s something you’re likely to enjoy. It’s a bit of a risk buying a whole series at the same time, so I recommend that you borrow the first couple of books from the library. Or lend them from a friend.

The beauty of having a whole book series waiting for you is that once you read and devour book one, you can immediately move onto book two and then book three etc. You won’t waste reading time by trying to track down the next book in a series if you already own it. I often speed read through a whole bunch of books in this way. We binge watch a good TV series, so why not binge read a good book series?

5. Read while you exercise

Okay, this depends on what kind of exercise you’re doing. It won’t work if you’re running on a treadmill. I have an exercise bike at home which can be a bit tedious. But when I add my new read and some upbeat music, times flies by. I often overdo my training session because I’m enjoying reading so much.

6. Skip watching TV and read

These days there are so many good TV series to watch, but unfortunately this can take up a lot of your reading time. So instead of watching TV every night, why don’t you skip a couple of nights and read instead? The TV series will still be waiting for you to watch it another day.

7. Do the Goodreads reading challenge with a friend

Last year I did the Goodreads reading challenge with my husband. We’re doing it again this year. The competition between us has been fierce. We both enjoy updating our tally as we finish a book and checking out how many books the other person has read. A bit of healthy competition can have you blazing through your book stack. Just don’t cheat by reading a lot of novellas (I’m looking at you hubby)!

8. Always carry a book with you for those times when you have to wait

Have you ever been stuck waiting for ages with nothing to amuse you? I have to say that this rarely happens to me as I always carry a book or my kindle. It’s perfect for those times when the doctor is running an hour late or my train is delayed. Waiting is still the worst, but at least I have a book to keep me company.

9. Find a hobby that will distract your family so you can read

This one works well in my house. My husband loves playing Xbox and I love reading. If I want some uninterrupted reading time, I simply tell my husband to do some gaming while I retreat to another part of the house with a book. It’s a win/win situation.

10. Go on holiday

If only we could spend every day on holiday… Unfortunately, this option is not one that pops up too often. But when it does, it’s great to squeeze in some lovely, relaxing reading time. Reading on the beach, or by the pool, is my favourite. I can also get a lot of reading done while I wait for my flight or during an airport stopover.

11. Join bookstagram and read a new release book quickly before the spoilers find you

Plot spoilers are the bane of every reader’s existence. If you are part of the bookstagram community–or a fellow book blogger–you find that it’s absolutely necessary to jump on a popular book and read it as soon as it’s released. Otherwise you’re at risk of those dreaded spoilers.

12. Make a set time to read each day

When I was in primary school there was a reading initiative called DEAR (drop everything and read). Each morning we would get out a book and read for fifteen minutes. Adopt this initiative and find twenty to thirty minutes per day to clear your schedule and read a book. It can become part of your daily routine.

13. Join a book club

Nothing gets you reading more books like peer pressure! If you join a book club , you have to read a book before a specific book club deadline. No one wants to be that person who shows up without having read the assigned book (unless you’re the one bringing the wine). Therefore a book club is a good motivator to get you reading.

14. Limit your social media use

Put down your phone! If you’re anything like me, especially if you’re into bookstagram and book blogs, you probably spend a lot of your spare time on social media. While I love chatting with my bookish friends about books, it really eats into my reading time. So I’m trying to stay off my phone when I’m reading. In fact, I should probably finish this post now and get back to my book.

What about you? How do you make time to read?

20 thoughts on “14 Ways to Read More Books

  1. Lady B April 23, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    1, 2, 6, 8 and 14 work well for me. I read a lot more now that I read e-books as my reading apps are on my phone and I can read every time I’m waiting for someone or an event. For those who are able to concentrate whilst listening to audio books (sadly, I’m not one of them), audio books are another way to read a lot more books.

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    • Janereads April 23, 2019 / 7:00 pm

      That’s great to hear that some of these methods work for you. I’m the same as you when it comes to audio books. I just can’t concentrate and my mind tends to wander. But I think audio books would be a great option for people who drive to work.

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  2. Hannah @ But First, Fiction April 23, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    This is so great! I wish audiobooks worked for me, because I’d read so much on my commute! As it stands, I will often wake up early, drive my stretch to near my work (which is about 15 minutes without traffic, but can take up to 40 or 50 minutes in rush hour), sit at a coffee shop and read for a couple hours πŸ™‚ I’ve done the same on my route home, too – if I have nowhere I desperately need to be, I’ll read while I wait for traffic to die down.

    I think the fundamental rule is to make time. I’ve been in a slight reading slump lately and I think I just need to set aside even half an hour a day for my reading!

    Thanks for an awesome post πŸ™‚

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  3. cricketmuse April 23, 2019 / 9:18 pm

    I read over a hundred books also. Right now I am at 52 for my annual 101 Goodreads challenge. All your suggestions are sound. Reading instead of TV-ing is my biggest investment. I still work, exercise, and have a normal life! A Book Booster means we’d rather be readingβ€”right?

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  4. ConfusedGirlTales April 24, 2019 / 7:04 pm

    All the tips were nice. But when it comes to Indians we don’t study while we eat. Its like a custom for us. We treat books as gods and we don’t eat in a temple or while praying. So reading while praying is a no for us.

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  5. acosyreader April 29, 2019 / 10:14 pm

    Love this, Jane! Totally agree about needing to find the right books to read πŸ™‚

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  6. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins May 2, 2019 / 3:49 pm

    I love your list! You nailed it! That public transport one in particular – it had never occurred to me until seeing it here that it’s how I get a LOT of my reading done. Actually, now that I think about it, I wonder how people who drive everywhere get any reading done at all…? πŸ˜‚ As for reading while exercising, audiobooks are a great alternative to music if you’re running or lifting or doing any other number of physical activities that preclude holding a paperback πŸ˜‰

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  7. theorangutanlibrarian May 6, 2019 / 1:18 am

    It makes such a difference to read books you actually like! And yeah travelling on public transport helps me squeeze in reading time. And it totally helps to read on a lunch break (haha I wish my family were that understanding sometimes πŸ˜‰ ) Bingeing series is the best! I can’t manage to read while I exercise though- believe me, I’ve tried, it just gives me motion sickness. I always manage to carry a book around too. and book clubs are a great way to get motivated!! Awesome list!

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    • Janereads May 10, 2019 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you! I can probably only read and exercise because I don’t exercise hard enough. 🀣

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  8. Eustacia | Eustea Reads May 17, 2019 / 12:28 am

    I agree that public transport is fantastic reading time!
    The one on having a book everywhere is something I do too! I normally have an ebook or two on my phone!

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  9. bookbeachbunny May 17, 2019 / 7:44 am

    Always carry a book with you works well for me. Same with audio books. And its a bonus because you can avoid conversations with people you don’t want to deal with!

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    • Janereads May 22, 2019 / 9:50 am

      That’s a great reason to listen to audio books 🀣

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