Firstly, let me start off by saying, it doesn’t matter if you read 10 books a year or 200 books a year (yes I know people who actually do that). What matters is that you read and that you enjoy reading. On the other hand, if you are looking tips for reading more or reading multiple books at once, you’re going to like this post.
1. Short Stories
Finishing a short story collection can be a little difficult if you’re like me and need a break after reading one tale. I tend to either get completely immersed in a story ot ignore it completely following which it is difficult to go immediately to the next one. What you can do to add more short story collections to your goodreads ‘Read’ shelf is to read one or two stories everyday.
Keep a collection in your car or in your purse or on your bedside table and read one whenever you find yourself bored and wanting a distraction but with not enough time to read a whole novel. This is also perfect if you ever find yourself in the doctor’s office waiting for an appointment. Before you know it you’ll have finished one collection and will be starting on the next.
Poetry cannot be read in a hurry, unfortunately. On the other hand, poetry is a good way to get your day off to a good start. Particularly if you are reading pleasant or thoughtful poetry. If you are a morning person and don’t do much else before heading out read a poem while eating your breakfast or while you’re making breakfast or in the evening on your weekends when you’re having a soothing bath with them essential oils and your bubbles.
And if you don’t read poetry a good place to start would be your favourite prose authors or going back to the absolute classic authors like Hemingway or Wordsworth or even Shakespeare!
This is the best way to read if you’re a commuter. Driving long distances while listening to the annoying RJ cheer on about something irrelevant to your day. Pop in an audiobook instead and enjoy your ride while listening to your favourite authors being narrated by some great voice actors.
Not to mention you can speed up narration and just listen to the story if you are good at keeping up with the speed. I speed it up to about 1.75 speed and that way, I et through them much faster, If you are new to audiobooks here are some good suggestions to begin with based off my favourites. The Hobbit, The Handmaid’s Tale, All The Light We Cannot See and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
4. Graphic Novels
Of course if you are looking at numbers then graphic novels are the way to go. You can finish reading one in an hour and it adds to your page count. This is particularly great if you’re participating in readathons that involve book counts or page counts. If you don’t really like them because you think they are childish, think again. There are some absolutely amazing books that carry heavy messages in them like Maus, Persepolis and Blue is the warmest colour.
5. Essay Collections
If you don’t read much fiction but read non fiction a lot (what’s up with that? Read fiction dammit!) this is a good way to replace the short story collections I mentioned earlier. An essay collection will work the same way, read essays whenever you have twenty minutes to spare and before you know it, you’ll have finished the collection.
6. Drop a book if you don’t like it
The biggest reason you read less or get into a reading slump (apart from personal issues) is that you force yourself to finish a book you aren’t really enjoying. Drop it like you would a hot potato and remedy the bad mood by reading an old favourite. No reading slump.
I hope you enjoyed my list and that it was helpful to you. Let me know what you thought in the comment section below!