As 2017 draws to a close, we’re not only looking back on our years but also looking forward to 2018! Our resolution? To read more, obviously! We’re sharing some of our tips to make 2018 your most well-read year yet!
1.) Set a (realistic) goal
A great way to keep up with your goal is to join in on the Goodreads yearly reading challenge! I (Taylor) have usually surpassed my goal (2016-40 and 2017-25–I was in school and planning a wedding at the time) so for 2018, I’m setting 100 books as my goal! Maybe overzealous, but I’m no quitter.
2.) Make a list
When you come across a book that sounds like it would be up your alley, write it down under “To Be Read” (or as you see us say all the time, TBR). Then, once you’ve read it, move it to the “Read” column! It feels so satisfying, just like crossing an item on your to-do list.
3.) Schedule it in your calendar
If you’re anything like us, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in your to-do list and push anything else to the side. However, studies show that setting aside time to read for pleasure can increase literacy, improve social skills, and improve your mental and emotional health. Whether it’s for 15 minutes per day or an hour every other day, make a date with yourself and stick to it. Trust us, it will help you in the long run!
4.) Join a group
Goals are always easier to stick to if you have accountability, so join/start a book club! Whether you know these individuals in real life or find a group of readers online with similar interests, it’s a great way to find new books to read and discuss your thoughts on your most recent goodreads!
5.) Think outside of the spines
Do you travel a lot? Consider trying audiobooks or ebooks to make your story available right at your fingertips! (Psst…sign up for Goodreads Deals to get emails with ebook deals!) Taylor recently started listening to audiobooks and found that memoirs (often read by the author themselves!) are her favorite! She recommends Bossypants by Tina Fey and We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union.
6.) Keep a book with you wherever you go
How often do you realize you have 10 minutes to kill, so you pull out your phone to get on Facebook or Instagram? Put that phone away because this is the perfect time to squeeze in another chapter! Our favorite way to do this (you know, without wrecking our shoulders by physically carrying a book everywhere we go) is through the Kindle app on our phones. If you can mindlessly browse social media, you can fall in love with a new book!
6.) Don’t feel bad to leave something unfinished
Picture it: you’re in the midst of a book and realize that there is literally nothing that you like about it. The good news? You don’t have to push through until the end. The whole purpose of reading for enjoyment is to ENJOY YOURSELF! If you hate the book and dread picking it up, set it to the side and come back to it at another time. You’re a grown @$$ person, and you can obviously decide what you do/do not want to read.
7.) Set the mood
As we mentioned before, reading is beneficial to your health, so use your time between the spines as personal care! Light a candle, pour a glass of wine or cup of tea, curl up with cozy blanket, and just enjoy living in that moment!
8.) Try new things
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that we’re creatures of habit when it comes to our reading. One of us loves historical fiction (cough cough Taylor) and the other lives for thrillers (looking at Kaylie), but we don’t limit our options to just this genre because there are so many great options in other categories! Branch out, because you might just find that your favorite book isn’t necessarily in your favorite category.
Did we miss anything?! Tell us your favorite tricks to get the most out of your reading time! Happy New Year from us!
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