It’s just about the time of year when we all start breaking our well-meaning New Year’s Resolutions. The gym is emptier and emptier each morning at 6am (not that I’m there; I just have reliable sources.) For those of you with more bookish resolutions, I offer my help.
In my entire life I’d say the question I’ve most often been asked is, “How do you find the time to read so much?” (If I’m being honest, I just read what I read without trying to hard and no matter how busy I am it seems to work out to between 50-100 books a year. But that wouldn’t make a very helpful post now, would it? So allow me to dig deeper… and present 5 ways to read more:)
5. Discover audiobooks. Audiobooks can literally change your whole life. They allow me to read when I’m:
- Doing housework
- Out for a walk
- At the gym (I find if you are listening to audiobooks while doing cardio, it’s better to up the reader’s speed to 1.5x. Otherwise I tend to keep pace with the voice I hear.)
The other nice thing about audiobooks is you don’t just have favourite authors anymore, you have favourite narrators too.
4. Read to children. My kids are great for a lot of reasons. One of them is that they give me an excuse to stop whatever boring adulting I’m involved in in the evenings and read them a bedtime story. We’ve done everything from old favourites like Matilda to whimsical new releases like Anne Michael’s The Adventures of Miss Petitfour.
3. ALWAYS have a book on you. (You see that staff member reading in the elevator on the way to the break room? Me.)
2. No guilt reading. If you’re not enjoying it, don’t finish it. If you’re 100 pages from the end and feel like you know how it’s going to end… abandon it with impunity. I’m a big fan of reading the right book at the right time. If that means I’m currently going through a 33 1/3 phase and ignoring award winners and the Canada Reads shortlist, so be it. (Dear Canada Reads shortlist, I’ll get to you shortly… when the mood strikes. Fear not.)
- Develop insomnia.
I realize this might not constitute advice, but it’s still true. Insomnia is a generous curse that gives you lots of time to read. Oh, you want actual advice? Fair point. Find something that captures your imagination. Ask for recommendations from friends or your local library staff — anybody who gets as excited about books as you want to be.
Have tips of your own to share? Sound off in the comments below. Happy Reading!