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Reading lists are scarier than to-do lists, don’t you think?

There are just so many amazing books out there and several more are being written/published this very instant. You know that you can never get through all of them. But to never have finished at least some? That’s a regret waiting to be felt, one that you can forestall by reading more and reading smart with the following tips.

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Get Your List Right

Each of us has different reasons for picking up a book. We read for pleasure, gathering information, finding answers, passing time, knowing ourselves, understanding life, and more. Often, it’s all of these reasons.

Learning something interesting about a book can hold your attention, even if there was little or none to begin with. Use this curiosity to build up your reading list, book by book. Seek recommendations, read online reviews (watch out for spoilers), hunt for popular book lists online, and visit the library. To avoid content fatigue, ensure that your final selection has a good mix of genres.

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Goodreads is an excellent community to be a part of if you are (or want to be) into books. Sign up for an account and take advantage of these Goodreads tips 10 Essential Goodreads Tips For Book Nerds 10 Essential Goodreads Tips For Book Nerds Goodreads has made the hunt for the next book to read a lot easier. If you like books, and are on Goodreads (or planning to be), then these tips should help enrich your reading experience. Read More to make better reading choices.

Find Your Sweet Spot

Ever since I switched back from ebooks to printed ones, I have been reading more. That’s because when I’m not reading on a digital device, I don’t feel the urge to check email or see what’s up on Twitter. I feel less distracted and I just read.

Would you rather curl up on the couch with a paperback or read from a glowing screen or listen to someone reading aloud to you? While you might be equally comfortable with printed books, ebooks, and audiobooks, one of these three media might be your favorite. Stick to it whenever possible as it can take you from “zero” to “absorbed” faster.

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Also, keep your current read handy at all times, even when you’re stepping out. You never know when you’ll get the opportunity to sneak in a few pages of reading.

Bring In A Book Buddy

When it comes to doing what you say you will, having an accountability partner can work wonders. Find someone who is also on a mission to read more books. Compare notes. Motivate each other. Join a book club together. Take up a reading challenge. A little competition never hurt anyone, right?

Children are good at holding you to your promises, so partnering up with a kid can keep you on track with your reading. You get to savor a book and guide someone through the fascinating world of the written word. If your child is averse to reading, technology can make reading fun Get Your Kid To Read: 4 Tips To Make Reading Fun With Technology Get Your Kid To Read: 4 Tips To Make Reading Fun With Technology It seems like technology has stolen this generation's love of reading, but is it possible that it could also recapture it? Today, we have four tips for you (with tons of sub-tips written throughout) to... Read More for him, and for you too.

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Read Everyday

Given that we lead such packed lives, it’s difficult to find time to read for hours at a stretch. With standalone articles, website feeds and such, you can dip in and out of your reading material anytime. But keeping up with a book — even a short one — to its very last page requires dedication and concentration. If you leave too much of a gap between your reading sessions, you can get distracted, forget the plot/context, or even lose interest midway.

If you’re serious about reading more books, you must turn a few pages every single day. Based on your routine, set aside some time for reading a book from your list. Better yet, fix a time and place for your daily date with your book. No matter what kind of reading you want to get on with, Saikat’s tips for reading daily 10 Surprisingly Simple Time Hacks For Reading More Every Day 10 Surprisingly Simple Time Hacks For Reading More Every Day There is just too much to read, and so little time. Their is just one obvious antidote against all excuses – you have to make time to read. The gold-plated question is how. Read More can be of great help.

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Travel photographer and popular blogger James Clear reads more than 30 books a year using a simple system to read more. His secret? Reading at least 20 pages per day.

Skip Speed Reading

Speed reading has its advantages. It’s great if you simply want to absorb facts, get the gist of the content, or have a deadline to meet. But the joys of reading a book that you want to read come from losing yourself in its pages, and not from getting through so many words per minute.

When you look back on all the books that you have read, what will stay with you is how they made you feel and what they made you think about. Read more books, but don’t do it to get past some golden number or to just get it over with. To be a happy reader, be an engaged reader Put A Brake On Speed Reading: 5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader Put A Brake On Speed Reading: 5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader The idea of speed reading has been around for decades, but there's been an explosion of speed-reading apps lately that promise to get your reading speed up. But is it worth it? Read More .

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Go Read!

No amount of revising and rearranging your reading list will help you get through it. Only reading will. Now go put a dent in that list. We promise it will be fun, and more so if you turn into a librocubicularist.

We’d like to know what’s your secret for reading more?

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  1. victoria m.
    October 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I never considered having an accountability partner for reading books... maybe joining a book club would be a good idea... it's a good way to process the book on a deeper level too.. Thanks for the tips!

    p.s. speed reading became my best friend in grad school... but now that I've graduated I actually relish in spending TIME reading and enjoying the book

    • Akshata
      October 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      It does help to have someone on the same wavelength to stay on track. As Jessica suggested above, being a regular at your library is also a great way to keep reading more and more. And I agree with you, Victoria. Speed reading is definitely helpful, but it has its place. Thank you for reading.

  2. michel
    October 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Just stop watching so much TV. "it’s difficult to find time to read for hours at a stretch. ", says the article, but that's exactly what people do with TV, which is forgettable fluff.

    • Akshata
      October 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Absolutely. Restricting both TV viewing and Web browsing can free up a lot of one's time and increase attention span too.

  3. tara
    October 3, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I love to read but sometimes I can get into a rut but what I found out that helps me get out of that rut is to read some smaller books, like the young adults and teen books. I also try to see if my local library has any new releases also.

  4. Sakshar
    October 3, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Good article! I'll definitely use some of the tips from here!

  5. Jessica C
    October 2, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    EDIT: you're > your

    Also, don't forget to visit your trusty library to discover new books. It's an environment unlike any digital experience, so if you haven't been recently - even if you have an ebook reader and access to millions of books - go.

  6. Jessica C
    October 2, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Of course, if you're goal is to read more of your books for school... speed reading can be helpful.

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/start-speed-reading-five-minutes-3-free-android-apps/

  7. infmom
    October 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    More books? I already read at least 5 every week, often more. Simple formula: Go to public library. Choose books. Bring home. Read. Take back.

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