How To Read More in 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016 Books And Trips

Many of the New Year's resolution lists contain the ever present I want to read more, but somehow, this is one of the things that never works out throughout the year. Right there with I want to lose some weight and I want to save more.

And the reason why it never pans out is because your reading resolution is not quantifiable and because you need to realize what is really standing between you and achieving this goal.

First of all, set an objective that you can work towards: e.g. I want to read 30 books in 2016. Then, divide this number by 12 and you will find that you have to read 2 and a half books per month to achieve your yearly goal. That doesn't sound that bad, does it? So, now that you know how much you need to read per month, let's take a look at what's really stopping you.

Is it lack of time? If yes, rest assured, there are countless ways you can fit more reading into your busy schedule:

Use your commute to work to read a chapter or two: take advantage of the time spent on the subway, bus, train and catch up on some reading.

Read before bed: make sure you read a chapter per night and you will go through your books like the wind! Plus: you will get a better sleep!

Read on the weekends: if the weather is bad and you just want to stay in, curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee and make a treat of it! Or, if the weather is nice, take a book with you to the park or the beach and have your way with it!

Read while you're waiting: I take my kindle with me wherever I am going, just in case it gets boring. E.g.: if I anticipate a long line at the post office, or if I am meeting a friend for lunch and I am early / she's late, etc.

Limit mindless social media and use the left over time to cram in a few pages!


If you end up finding the time, but you don't really have the books to get started, there is hope for you too:

• Books can get expensive, so if you do not want to spend money on them, you can ask your friends for recommendations and you can borrow their books. Be polite though and take care of the books while reading them (no dog ears!) and make sure you return the books after you are done with them!

Join a library: you can borrow 2-3 books at a time and you can usually keep them for 3 weeks! Most libraries have a small fee for signing up, but other than that you are looking an endless supply of free books!

Browse old antique bookstores or online sales & don't be afraid to buy used books! They are cheaper and most of them are in very good condition! Also, take advantage of any book fairs: you can get great bargains and bundle deals on books.

• If you have a Kindle or another kind of e-Reader, do a simple Google search and you will find tons of free e-books to read! Also, buying e-books saves you more money and it is eco friendly - less trees have to die to satisfy your book cravings!

Join sites like - for a small fee, you get access to a full library on your computer and you don't have to worry about paper books or having an e-Reader. Scribd even offers you a 14 days free trial, so you can take advantage of it to browse for some new favorites!

If it's plain motivation you are lacking, then try doing one of the following to get in the reading groove:

Join a book club: whether you make one from scratch with your friends or join a ready made one, it's a great way to stay motivated by social pressure.

Join an online reading community: Goodreads, Shelfari, etc. This will help you keep track of the books read towards your goal and enable you to befriend like minded people. It's like Facebook for book nerds!

What are your tips and tricks for getting motivated to read? Share them below, in the comments section!