How to Read 50 Books a Year

For the past few years, I’ve made it one of my goals for the year to read 50 books over the course of the year. However, for one reason or another, I’ve spectacularly failed at this task! So I thought for my own benefit and yours, I would share my tips for how to read more (or 50) books in one year!

Make a list

I think the easiest thing you can do for your own reading habits, is to always know what you’re reading next! It’s so easy to finish one book and then to forget to pick up another, but by having a list makes your goals much more achievable! Write in down in a notebook, use a website like Goodreads (follow me here!) or pile up a big stack of them in your room! However, you do it – you’re gonna make that target!

Audiobooks are your friends

I’ve seen some people claim that it’s ”cheating” to read audiobooks, but I am calling absolute bollocks to that. Audiobooks are a great way to ‘read’ or to get a story in whilst you’re travelling, in the bath, driving, bored or just can’t be bothered to really use your brain. Life savers!

Re-read the books you loved as a child

Children’s books can be the best nostalgia trip, with the added bonus that they’re a lot shorted and more quickly finished. I re-read Matilda a few years ago and I’m always up for picking up one of my Harry Potter books!

Start more than one at once

Sometimes you can hit a wall with reading, so I find that having two books on the go at once often helps me to overcome that boundary. Usually I try and go for pole-opposite genres (for example, I’m reading Lily Allen and ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ at the moment) – then I’ve got a book for either mood. Saves you from feeling demotivated and also I find I read much quicker this way!

Hopefully that was helpful for some of you! If you’ve got any tips or have completed the challenge, let me know in the comments!

Rach

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