I’m so excited to share with you all my very first Guest Post on the blog! When Shalini posted about the #GPdec2020 on twitter, I thought it was a great idea to share and connect with new bloggers! I am the last ‘stop’ and I really enjoyed reading the different posts written by Shalini and the others bloggers who took part in it. I hope you will like Shalini’s post because I personally finds it very interesting. Enjoy!
Tips & Tricks to charge your reading habit
Even though I am a self proclaimed voracious reader, I do have low phases wherein my reading slumps to absolutely no reading at all. In fact I set myself a reading goal of one book a week or four books in a month, allowing me to challenge myself to read 50 books in the year. But often I face the onerous task to recharge the reading habit and over the years have developed a few tips and tricks to, well, do the trick!
- Set a daily reading goal
I tell myself that I have to read 25 pages each day whenever I pick up a new book. I look at the number of pages in the book and average the number of pages to ensure I finish reading the book in a week’s time. But sometimes when I pick a heavy tome, I set myself a chapter reading goal per day so as to ensure I read it before I begin to lose interest in it.
- Join a popular online book club
Another way I keep myself motivated to read and finish my TBR is that I follow some very good Bookstagram accounts. Even a popular Book club would do the trick of tempting you with great recommendations that you would just yearn to pick up soon. The absolutely stunning bookish pictures set my pulse racing. Not to mention the reviews that follow. I have made sure that the accounts I follow are of book lovers whose reading sensibility matches my own. Plus I have found their reviews to be very honest and forthright, leading me to book buys I haven’t regretted.
- Read more than one book at a time
I have started to read more than one book at a time. Some might find this jugglery foolish as it would be difficult to keep track of plot lines, not to mention the characters. But I have found this amazing to boost up my reading speed and number. I have one book going on Audible which I listen to on my 45 minutes morning walks daily. I can’t listen to this book at any other time as I am unable to concentrate fully. So it works for my walking time. The other is a physical book which I read at night before going to sleep. This one is read in bed which is the most preferred place for me to read.
- Vary the themes/genres every month
I mix my reading genres so as to allow for a more diverse reading. But also the variety ensures I am not bored with the monotony of reading the same subject over and over. I vary up with light reads between heavier ones. Or a humor one after a dark thriller. It refreshes my reading palate, making sure I am ready for the next course.
- Change the format of reading
Just changing the reading from physical book to an e-book to listening to an audio book ensures a variety in the way I am reading. This keeps monotony at bay and lets me read consistently. Another thing I do is read different forms of writings – poetry, short stories, series, novels, bestsellers, etc. This too helps to break the reading jag and keeps thing fresh.
- Carry the book everywhere
Final trick is to carry the current read everywhere I go. This means that while waiting in queues, traffic jams, meeting rooms, I can make time to read. It lets me fill the dead waiting time usefully and also ensures my reading pace is charged up. So reading across formats is very helpful as I have a few bookish apps downloaded in my phone, which I carry everywhere.
Well that’s it from me and I would love to hear from you about how you keep yourself motivated to read consistently throughout the year.
This post is linked with the #GPDec2020 hosted by Shalzmojo every December where a cross posting collaboration is worked out between several bloggers for the entire month. Check out my guest post on their blog here
An interior designer by profession, writing is a passion which coupled with travel love blossomed into this blog where I love to just “do my thing”! I blog very keenly about Books and Travel and often dabble with some fiction writing too. I am a serious tea & wine guzzler who love to chase butterflies in my free time.