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How To Read More: 12 Tips & Tricks by 6 Bloggers

Hello, friends! Last year, I did a collaborative post on prices of YA content with the help of three teens and two adults. (You can – and should, if I may say so myself – read that post by clicking here.) I enjoyed working with others and creating something that was made up of combination of multiple person’s input – it felt more nuanced, more valuable than anything I could have written on my own.

Thus, after being asked about how I read so much, my first thought was going to some of my blogger friends and asking them for their own tips and tricks, as opposed to simply jutting down my own.

Today, I’ve brought you five bloggers – all of whom contributed with 2-2 tips – who I look up to for their dedication to reading. As a bonus (lol) I shared two tips as well, so altogether you’ll get 12 tips in this post.

Roberta @ Offbeat YA

🌿 tip #1: try allotting a certain number of pages per day

As everyone who’s familiar with my blog knows, I’m a big scheduler. Making monthly plans has helped me a lot with blogging, and I ultimately decided to apply the method to my reading as well. So, I usually break down my current book into a certain number of pages per day, a relatively small number that I know I can meet – and if I end up reading, say, a hundred pages instead of the allotted 50, more power to me  πŸ™‚. Believe me… if you start small, you’ll find it easy to top yourself.

🌿 tip #2: read at night

I mostly read before I go to bed, because it’s either reading or blogging or watching TV at that time (well, unless I have to iron the clothes I have been avoiding all day, that is. πŸ˜‰ But I digress). The night (from 9 to 11 PM, in my case) is the perfect time to be reading – next to no other activities competing for your attention, no phone calls, no visitors (unless you’re friends with a vampire πŸ˜‚), silence, and an overall relaxed mood. Just put your comfy pyjamas on and open your book of choice – and happy reading!

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Olivia @ Olivia’s Catastrophe

🌿 tip #3: take reading breaks between studying

This one is a student tip. It can be hard to read while studying, but I take reading breaks while doing my essays. I make my plan, then write a paragraph, read a chapter, write a paragraph and repeat. It avoids me getting burned out from working and makes sure I have time to do what I love too!

🌿 tip #4: read in different formats

This helps me so much. By constantly having one physical book, one ebook and one audiobook on the go, it means whatever the situation, I can read. Walking? Listen to a book. On the bus? Read my book. On an overnight coach in the dark? Read my ebook. It keeps me reading whenever I can squeeze in the time!

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Sam @ We Live and Breath Books

🌿 tip #5: read during your commute

If you use mass transit, use the time to get through some of your current read. My commute is about 4.5 hours daily, which equates to many pages. If you drive, consider listening to an audiobook. It’s a great way to pass the time, especially when sitting in traffic.

🌿 tip #6: prioritize reading

I used to β€œwatch” a lot of TV, but once I no longer had papers to grade, I found it sort of boring to sit in front of the TV, and often, found myself falling asleep. I have shifted a lot of that TV time to reading time.

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Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads

🌿 tip #7: carry a book with you everywhere

I carry a book (sometimes two) or my ipad (with kindle app and iBooks) with me all the time, so I can read a few pages while I’m waiting at the Drs office, in line at the supermarket, or eating lunch. It’s not always great if you get into a really gripping part of the book, because then you don’t want to stop, but a few times a day really adds up. If you don’t have an ereader, then your phone also works!

🌿 tip #8: schedule β€œalone time” on weekends

After I’ve done my housework or chores, I set aside a couple of hours for me, to recharge after a long week working with people (I highly recommend this for all the introverts)! I make a cup of tea, sometimes I run a bath or go get a pedicure, but I always spend some of that time reading. I find it especially relaxing if it’s something I want to read, as opposed to a review book that you have to read!

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Sabrina @ Wordy and Whimsical

🌿 tip #9: rotate between books

Most of the time, you’ll find me in the middle of reading several books at once and I swear, this helps me read more. Often I think that I don’t feel like reading, but it’s just that I’m a little tired of my current read. Instead of watching TV or going on YouTube, I pick up a different book and find that I can keep reading for longer. Sometimes I’ll pick out a few books and switch every chapter or so. It’s not for everyone, but it works well for me!

🌿 tip #10: try turning off your wifi

Have you ever sat down to do something, but you keep getting interrupted by your phone? I know it happens to me all the time – I’ll barely get one sentence read at a time, because I keep getting notifications. It helps me a lot to turn off my wifi for a little while, so I’m not constantly distracted. If anyone needs to contact me immediately, they’ll text or call. (PS – make sure you switch off your data too!)

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Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical

🌿 tip #11: learn to give up on books you hate

Y’all, this tip has proved to be so, so, so useful for me! I used to force myself to continue a book even if I detested it, and that oftentimes pushed me into a full-blown reading slump. Obviously, that wasn’t ideal, so I had to become braver with abandoning books. Even so, as a curious person, I do struggle with wanting to know how a book will end – the solution to that is skimming, or speed-reading novels you dislike. This way, you are giving the benefit of the doubt to a novel – if it gets better, you’ll know – but you’ll be able to wrap it up faster than normal. Pro tip: putting a book on hold is not a crime if you cannot enjoy it at a given moment!

🌿 tip #12: partake in reading challenges and read-a-thons

These are not for everyone, they certainly didn’t used to be for me, but they can be a huge push to read more. Challenges, such as Start on Your Shelf hosted by CW, and readathons, such as the twice a year 24in48 read-a-thon can boost the number of books you tackle. They can also help you meet and talk with new bookish people, with whom you can cheer each other on, or even buddy read books.

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Let’s chat!

🌿 Do you have any tips for reading more? Do you even care how much you read each year? Do you like to challenge yourself? Also! Don’t forget to check out all these bloggers, because they are awesome. 🌿


27 thoughts on “How To Read More: 12 Tips & Tricks by 6 Bloggers

  1. This is such a great post, Vera! I admire the amount of work you put into it 😍
    As someone who used to be a slow reader but has kinda gotten fast lately (at least, in my opinion), i utilize most of these tips! Reading multiple books at a time, in multiple formats, helps me get through books so much! I also read a romance/light contemporary at all times because those books are so easy to fly through!
    Though I admit, I haven’t been reading much lately because my mental health has sort of tanked and I’m currently reading and feeling meh about four books πŸ˜… i should really just dnf them, but I’m so opposed to that hahaha SORRY VERA IM NOT STRONG ENOUGH

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    1. Thank you, Caitlin!! πŸ™‚ So cool about you being able to change up how much you can read. It’s definitely not a rush – and your mental health 10000% comes first!! – but it’s good to be able to read more without feeling like we have to force ourselves or tire of reading. I hope these tips can help people with that. πŸ™‚

      TRY SKIMMING THROUGH THEM!! πŸ˜… I’m bad at DNF-ing myself, but skimming is so helpful, lol. Istg, it helps and you’ll gradually get better at still getting as much info out of the book as possible. But it’s also okay to not do it, haha, just make sure you don’t burn yourself out trying to get through four books you don’t love. πŸ™‚

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  2. This was an awesome, and might I say, very helpful post! I definitely agree with Roberta’s point about allotting a certain page count. For me that’s 100 pages, and I stick to that almost every time I read. Anything less is personally too small, and anything more will make me surely bored of the book. I think taking breaks instead of just trying to bust out like 200 pages in one sitting is key to not getting bored!

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  3. I’m not particularly concerned about how much I read – I know it’s an unpopular opinion but I’d rather just read when I feel like it (mood reader in every sense here). I always carry a book around though so I can read (but sometimes I get distracted talking to my friends on Twitter πŸ˜‚) Sometimes I do get frustrated that I don’t have the time to read and I think I’ll use the tricks in that situation!

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    1. Might be an unpopular opinion, but it’s something everyone should decide for themselves, and I’m happy you don’t stress over that! πŸ™‚ Same, same – even if that book is on my phone, I want to be able to read it whenever I feel like it. Oh, I’m glad you liked the tricks, and hope they’ll help you if/when you need that. πŸ™‚

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  4. I barely ever watch TV anymore. I typically only have it as background sometimes when I’m replying to comments or doing something else that doesn’t take a lot of brainpower. And I now often skim read to the end of a book if I’m not enjoying it (since I have such a hard time with actually DNFing). Lots of other great tips here as well!

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  5. Tip 11 FTW! Why trudge through a book you are not enjoying. I know, that would NOT motivate me to read. I always carry my kindle too. I can sneak in some time on lines and whatnot. I am guilty of synching my book on my kindle app for family events. Everyone just thinks I am looking at my phone, when I am reading. Ha! Thanks for including me!

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    1. Exactly! DNF-ing, or skimming is so convenient – we don’t have an infinite amount of time, so why waste it on books we hate? Lol, I did that on a family gathering (only with my phone, even harder to guess what I’m doing haha) a few months ago. No problem, I love your content! πŸ™‚


  6. Great tips!! I feel like I’m either spending all my extra time invested in a new tv series or binge reading… there is no in between πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I go from one extreme to the next! Happy reading πŸ™‚

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  7. Love these tips a lot and thank you so much for including me in your post! Sam reads SO MUCH it always blows my mind. It kind of makes me wish I had more of a commute (not really, as public transport isn’t my thing and if I can’t walk I probably wouldn’t go…) but prioritising reading is pretty important if you want to read more! V, I like your tip of readathons and challenges as they honestly help me so much. And Sabrina — I actually turn off wifi when I go to sleep and it helps my insomniac self sleep better some nights. But I guess it would be a good thing for reading as well! I should try that.

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  8. What wonderful tips!! πŸ₯° I’m 100% an evening reader, it’s the time when I feel most at ease and have usually finished all my work for the day. I don’t watch that much TV, so I read right before bed for as long as I have time that day and it’s lovely (except when you’re really into a book and stay up too late reading it πŸ˜‚). I also make a little reading schedule, meaning that I pick out what books I want to read in a certain week, of course depending on how much time I have 😊

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    1. Thank you, I’m happy you enjoyed the post. πŸ˜€ I wouldn’t call myself an evening reader – I read whenever I have the time, basically – but sometimes it feels so good to finish all you had to do that day, and then relax with a book. πŸ™‚ Lol, so true about staying up way past my bed-time for a good book. πŸ˜‚ I’m bad with schedules – huge mood reader here – but I’m happy that works for you! πŸ₯°

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  9. These are some awesome tips! I always struggle with finding time to read since I am in university. I think that carrying a book with you everywhere is the best tip/strategy. But I will definitely be trying some of these other tips, too, so thanks.

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    1. Same, and uni can be so overwhelming. For me it’s “good” that I commute and have to wait around for my classes (I’m usually there before anyone else arrives… meh) so I have the time to read. The train ride to and back is like, two hours in itself. That’s awesome, I hope they help! πŸ™‚


  10. This post is awesome and so helpful!
    I have to agree with pretty much all of these; different formats, reading breaks, reading at night, and all the others have increased my reading in the past couple of years (although I will admit I am slacking a bit, causing a reading slump. Cue me using these awesome tips!)
    – Emma πŸ™‚

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  11. First off, thank you for including me…again πŸ˜‰. It’s always a pleasure to get the chance to guest-post for you. Secondly, all great tips – there’s truly something for every type of reader in there!

    Now, I’m less of a hardcore reader than this post makes me appear…I mean, Monday to Friday I have to make time for reading, blogging and commenting, and since I usually do all these things after dinner, it’s not like I can read (or reread) every day. Also, like Miri above, I’m not particularly concerned about how much I read. But as a book blogger, I try to stay on top of things…reading included, of course πŸ™‚.

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