Achievement Unlocked: Reading Challange Completed + Reading Advice

At the start of the year, I set a goal on Goodreads to read 12 books with the intention of reading at least one book a month.

Outside of the odd book here and there, I didn’t read much until Summer. In the past couple of months, I finally got back into the reading habit.

As I closed the covers of Strange Practice for the last time a few days ago, I completed my Reading Challange for 2019!

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This does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that I’m done reading for the year. In fact, I’ve already started my next book A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny which I hope to finish by Halloween. So far I am really enjoying it.

However, I am a bit worried that I am posting too many book rambles since they don’t get as much love as my other content. So from now on, I am limiting myself to three of them a month.

I used to be a major bookworm when I was younger, but as I got older and grew into new interests I slowly started to stop reading. In the past couple of years I have been trying to get back into reading and this year I think I finally found my reading rhythm again.

So to celebrate, and after asking folks via a poll if they would be interested, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up on how to get the most out of reading.

First off, finding the right book.

As basic as this might sound, it is always a good idea to check out your local library and ask a librarian for recommendations. If you would rather find a book from the comfort of your home, check out r/suggestmeabook. The Redditors on that sub are lovely and you are sure to find a gem with their help.

5c4c5a941f9bfcb8eadd910a7b050061I find it hard to focus when it’s too quiet since any noise instantly breaks my concentration, so I tend to play some ambient white noise on YouTube. My go-to is A Peaceful Night in Bag End but sometimes I like to find a video that matches the tone of the story I’m currently reading.

As I mentioned I use Goodreads. It’s a handy tool for readers which I use to help me keep track of what I want to read as well as what I have already read. A feature I really like is the updating progress, as you read you can update your progress by popping in the current page number and it will tell you how far along you are.

For me, it’s really motivating. That being said it is a bit annoying when you happen to have an edition that isn’t included as an option so the page numbers are off. It’s happened a few times but it still gives me a rough idea so it’s hardly a dealbreaker.

I would recommend drinking tea while reading since it helps calm me down and focus but that might just be my tea addiction talking.

Lastly, and perhaps the most useless piece of advice since you have probably heard it before, don’t try to force it. The more you try to force yourself to read, the more chore-like it will become which defeats the whole point of reading. It’s meant to be an escape, after all, a way to relax and enter another world for a while.

If the book your reading isn’t for you, there is no shame in not finishing it. Better to abandon that one and find another that really speaks to your interests and taste.

I really hope this helps, happy reading!

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