Reading Books in 2019
It’s mid-April and I just completed my 20th book in 2019. That’s already more than the number of books I read in all of 2018. I neither made a new year resolution to read more books nor am I rushing through books just to up my count (although I did make a note at the end of January).
Now, 20 books is no big deal for some prolific readers but given that my work schedule has exploded and I rarely find any idle time for other pursuits, it’s an achievement for me. I wanted to take this opportunity to note down certain things that’ve worked for me.
- Keep at least 2-3 books on your “currently reading” list.
- Have a healthy mix of fiction and non-fiction books.
- Fall asleep to reading a book.
- Use a mix of mediums audiobooks, ebooks (Kindle or iPad), or a paper book.
- Listen to an audiobook on your 40-minute commute each day. Switch to a week of podcasts after you finish one long audiobook just to keep things fresh.
- Abandon books with…abandon that you don’t find interesting by the 50th-100th page instead of trying to finish them. Reading other books at the same time makes this easier to do.
- Make full use of one of America’s best ideas - your public library. Borrow liberally and max out your holds queue especially with popular books; both in paper and ebook/audio versions.
- Read in short chunks of time, even 5-15 minutes couple of times a day, instead of seeking out long periods of time that you plan to read for.
- Take time off for/after lunch and go outside to read. Admittedly, it helps to be on a college campus with plenty of green space and reading spots.
- Don’t worry about reading books on the same topic while reading. I get lot of recommendations from within the non-fiction books I’m currently reading.
- Alternatively, identify friends on GoodReads whose tastes match yours or trust them enough to expand your horizons (Thanks, Vasta).
- Throw in a few page-turners that will keep you reading some books quicker than others that you may want to savor and digest slowly.
- Sometimes walk away from a good book. That will make you want to come back to it with renewed interest. Let your subconscious brain churn a little.
- Personally, documenting progress of the books I’m reading on GoodReads (after turning off updates for my friends) has worked for me.
- Use OCR text scanner apps to document quotes, excerpts, or prose you loved and save to any notes app. I use TextScanner OCR and Bear.
- Quit Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and switch to Micro.blog ;)