“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
If one of your goals this year is to read more books, good for you. Just like Dr. Seuss says, you’ll learn more, know more, and go more places …both real and imagined. There are tons of benefits to be gained from reading. It reduces stress and expands your vocabulary, just to name a few. Amazingly, studies have shown that reading can even help you live longer. Intrigued? Here’s how to read more this year.
Always have a book available
You never know when you’ll have a free moment to read. You might be in line at the bank or going through an automatic car wash. Whatever the situation, you can pass the time quickly by reading a few pages of your book while you wait.
Use an e-reader
Sometimes it’s hard to keep a book handy at all times, especially if it is large and unwieldy (War and Peace, anyone?) An e-reader, such as a Kindle or a Nook, is a good solution. You can even use a tablet (like an iPad) as an e-reader. They are all excellent for traveling and give you the ability to carry a lot of books in one small package.
Skip TV and read instead
Do you know how much TV you’re consuming on a daily basis? On average, adults in the U.S. are watching as much as five hours and four minutes per day (over 77 days per year!) Do yourself a favor and better utilize some of that time for reading instead.
Join a book club
Whether online or in person, book clubs (like what we have at Soleil) are an excellent way to get motivated to read more. You’ll discover titles that you may never have read and it’s fun to discuss the subject matter together. And since you have to finish books by the next meeting, book clubs help keep you accountable and timely with your reading regimen.
Try a reading challenge
Give yourself a personal goal to read a certain number of books this year. Goodreads, which touts itself as “the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations” has a fun, annual reading challenge that can help keep you on track to hit your goal. The site shows you your progress during the year, and you can see how your friends are doing with their challenges too.
Listen to books
If you are doing a mundane task like driving to an appointment or prepping food for dinner, use that time to listen to books. You can listen to them through your smartphone or by simply popping a CD in your player. Consider trying an app like Audible, which offer tons of great books to listen to. And if you’re really pressed to get a book finished, you can speed up the narration on the app to 1.5x or 2x while still comprehending everything being said.
Create a reading spot at home
A comfy couch in the living room, a cozy chair in your office, or your pillow-filled bed — all make for a good place to read your books. Just be sure that your reading area is free of distractions. Turn off your phone, radio, tv, and anything else that may distract you. Devote your quiet time to immerse yourself in reading thoroughly.
Dedicate time to reading every day
It could be 20 minutes while drinking your coffee in the morning, or perhaps it’s 30 minutes before going to bed …or both. Whatever times you decide, stick to it on a daily basis. After 21 days, you’ll have created a satisfying new habit — one that helps you get a lot more reading completed in a year.
Use the library
You don’t have to spend a ton money buying books — use the library instead. Lucky for us, the R.T. Jones Library (part of the Sequoyah Regional Library system) is nearby. You can browse titles online and place holds on those you’d like to read. The website can help ensure you always have a book on standby. Even better, you can borrow lots of ebooks and audiobooks through the library via the free OverDrive app. Not sure how to do it? The friendly librarians can show you how easy it is.
Don’t forget that we have our own little library at the Clubhouse (shown in the photo above.) It’s a wonderfully relaxing place to borrow and read a good book. Why not come see it for yourself? We’d love to show you around. Contact us and let’s start planning your visit today.