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How to read more books: Ways to read more books every day

Updated on June 19, 2013
From the library to the park, the habit of reading books will keep you company in just about every walk of life.
From the library to the park, the habit of reading books will keep you company in just about every walk of life. | Source

How to read more books? Unfortunately, simply knowing the importance and benefits of reading is not enough to persuade many who can't seem to find the time to read. For preteen children, teenagers in school, young guys and girls in college, professionals in a 9 to 5 job and oldies alike, here are tips for just about everyone. Find out how you can read more books as a hobby and make reading a part of your daily routine.

1) Get a library card and membership

To incentivize your reading, the first thing to do is to get a library membership. Being a library member will expose you to the world of books by giving you access thousands of books, academic journals, magazines, comics and newsletters.

A library also provides pleasant atmosphere for readers to sit for hours and read at peace. This may not be possible at home. From your local library to a dedicated in-house library at an organization, you can get a membership at a place of your choice.

2) Buy used and second hand books

Buy used books to get to read a range of books without spending a fortune. Look out for postings on university boards, scout flea markets, hop over to your local garage sale or look for deals on used books at your local book store.

Don't be put off from buying second hand books. Think of them as your attempt to give the dusty covers yet another chance at being read by a loving reader.

Use technology to read more books

3) Buy an e-reader or tablet

Technology has changed almost every aspect of our lives and reading is no different. E-readers are trending and there is no secret to their success. Ebooks are well priced, mobile and occupy no space.

You can buy dedicated e-readers like Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite or a tablet like the iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. You will be able to read more books because reading on-the-go will be convenient and storage will not be an issue.

4) Download free books and PDFs: Reading books for free

If you are a student on a tight budget or someone who is cash strapped at the moment, you can look for options that allow you to read more books without having to pay a single dollar.

There are hundreds and thousands of free books available to be downloaded and read on your e-readers and tablets. Websites like Google Books and Scribd also host downloadable pdf copies of books which you can read on your desktop or laptop.

With your reading habit, you will look forward to your daily commute.
With your reading habit, you will look forward to your daily commute.

5) Read while commuting: Convert your daily commute into reading time

Commuting daily to work or school on the bus, train or tram can be made interesting by carrying a book with you. Getting yourself to read more books is all about deliberately creating windows of opportunities to read and your commute is the perfect excuse.

The first few days of reminding yourself to take your book along with you on your commute may seem like a deliberate activity. However it will come naturally in a week or two.

In no time you will find yourself hooked on reading books on your train or bus ride. You may even find a fellow passenger making small talk with you about the author or the book you are reading.

6) Always carry a book in your handbag, backpack or purse

Carrying a book in your handbag, backpack or purse is a neat way of making sure that you always have a book when you need one.

Whether it is waiting in a doctor's clinic, waiting at the bus stop or waiting for your turn at the salon, you never know when you may be able to flip through a few pages while you have nothing else to do.

7) Join your local book and reading club

A book club is an exciting platform for people to interact with fellow readers. Active book and reading groups are known to have intellectual discussions, debates, reading sessions and a host of other activities to tickle the fancy of book lovers.

These activities will evolve your reading quotient and motivate you to read more books. You will expose yourself to more genres, authors and titles which you may have never stumbled upon by yourself.

Book accessories and reading aids

8) Make reading a full-fledged hobby: Buy reading accessories

Buying a tuner, few fancy picks, recording tools, microphone and a host of other complimentary accessories may be the natural thing to do for someone who is looking to learn guitar as a hobby. Do the same with books by formalizing reading as a full-fledged hobby in your life.

Buy quirky bookmarks, desk lamps, bookshelves, lap desks, holders, book lights and bookends. These accessories will allow you to create an environment that motivates you to pursue your book reading hobby.

9) Exchange book with friends

If you are the type of person who likes reading books recommended by other people, exchanging books with friends can be a great way to pursue your reading hobby.

Apart from being able to save money on buying all the books yourself, reading will become a fun activity when it is done with a friend. By the time you finish a book, you will eagerly look forward to recommending it to your friend and reading the book he or she has to recommend to you.

Spend a Sunday or any other weekly holiday doing nothing but reading books.
Spend a Sunday or any other weekly holiday doing nothing but reading books. | Source

10) Set aside a day for reading and relaxing

Reading tends to get procrastinated because there never seems to be the right time for it. Deal with this problem by setting aside a day during the week or on a weekend when you will do nothing but read books, sip on hot beverages and munch on your favorite snacks.

You can spend the day at home or simply take a mat and head over to your local park. Find a nice spot beneath a tree and read away till you are ready to head home at sunset.

11) Become a member of online book forums and reading groups

If you don't have the time or means to travel to a local book club, become a member of an online forum which is a reading group. You will be able to interact with members from across the world, share your reads, have engaging discussions with other forum members and immerse yourself in the world of reading from the comfort of your home.

The best part of registering with an online book and reading forum is that you can go incognito. You can hide your identity and interact with everyone under a pen name or a moniker.

12) Keep books on your living room coffee table and bedside desk

Reading more books is all about capitalizing on your free time and this is one of the easiest ways to do it. You may be surprised to see how much more reading you can squeeze into your life by simply having books lying around at places you are likely to be during the day.

Keeping books on your living room corner table or your bedside desk will allow you to instantly pick them up and start reading even when you have a few moments of spare time.

Have a reading date with your partner. Make it romantic with a glass of red.
Have a reading date with your partner. Make it romantic with a glass of red.

13) Have a reading date: Read with your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or best friend

Add romance into reading by doing it with your partner. Spend an evening lounging in your living room with your partner as the both of you sip on a glass of red and immerse yourself into your favorite reads.

Sharing a hobby with a loved one is a good way to nurture it. A common hobby will also strengthen the emotional bond in your relationship.

14) Create a reading schedule

If you just can't seem to get yourself to read more books, some discipline may get you into the groove. Set apart a time slot in the day when you will leave everything else and read.

Whether it is 20 minutes before bedtime or half n hour with your afternoon tea, promise yourself that you will do nothing but read a book. As the days go by, you will look forward to your dedicated reading time every day.


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      JenIncognito 5 years ago

      This is a really interesting hub chock full of good ideas. My favorite, that I have never thought of, is #8. Great suggestion.

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      Jean Valerie Kotzur nee Stoneman 5 years ago from Germany

      It is not the speed with which a book is read (it is not important how many books one reads per day) it is the understanding and the enjoyment that is important. This is not a race, but a method of improving ones' mind. Unfortunately, there are some who have not yet reached a level of maturity to understand this. Make reading a habit and the reading speed will increase by itself.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      These are great tips for anyone who wants to find ways to read more books. The problem I still have is increasing my reading speed so that I can read more books and get through them more quickly. Perhaps you could write a hub on this if you have some good ideas. Voted up and sharing.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Nice ideas.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Reading more books is such a great idea sometimes spending too much time on the computer loses you time with books great ways of reading more books thanks for sharing these helpful ways

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      Lois Ryan 5 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      It is so true, I do not read as much as when I was younger. I work a full-time job, have a household to run, do a little free-lance writing on the side to make a little extra money. For a lot of my reading I use a tablet and I tend to read more since I do not concentrate on what page I am on.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Fantastic work. I am hardcore reader and naturally loved whatever you wrote on reading habit. Thanks for your wonderful information.

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Princess, this hub is so well structured, you seem to have left out nothing for anyone else to put in or add to this Hub. Wonderful in the simple and straight pattern like a DIY on reading. Voted up.

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Excellent article! I love to read! I always read before going to bed. One of my problem is that I have a hard tome to put good books down!

      Voted up and interesting!

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This is a terrific article, princess, and I hope young people who read it will take it to heart. As you mentioned, books will keep one company. They also help us learn at any age through self-instruction.

      I learned to read at the age of four and have never stopped. For most of my adult life, I've read at least one book per day--often two. I prefer books and using my imagination rather than sitting in front of the TV watching everything unfold onscreen with no effort on my part. I enjoy mysteries, biographies, comedy, drama and a wide variety of non-fiction topics.

      I'm still an e-reader holdout, though I have read a few e-books on my computer. I prefer to hold a paper-and-board book in my hands and turn the pages. (I even like the smell of books.) I've lost count of the number of books I own, but they're in the thousands, and there are numerous full bookcases throughout my home. Although I periodically donate books to my local library and sell some on Amazon, I still have to double-row some of those left on the shelves.

      As "vices" go, buying lots of books is a pretty tame one, don't you think?

      Voted Up++


      P.S. I chuckled when I read your term "oldies." I suppose that's my category.