The few people that know me these days, know that I read a lot of books. Last week I read 4, for example. This week, I’m already near finished my next book. I spend a lot of time reading because I do not have a lot of friends. I moved from the west coast of the United States to the Midwest, and it’s been about 17 months. I haven’t made a lot of friends, and despite my best efforts, they are not coming. I work a bit, I go home, I play with the cats, I watch television, and I read a lot. I told someone recently that I read a lot of books, and they didn’t continue the conversation. I wonder where all those people that are looking for bibliophiles are? I thought reading was sexy? Nope. Not sexy at all. It doesn’t matter, I read for myself.
The Perception of No Time
Now, you may be tell yourself that you don’t have time. Who does? The perception of time is interesting. Everyone gets 24 hours a day to work through their lives. Most people don’t actually maximize that time. I’m not perfect. I am not rich. But recently, my goal was to read more books, and this year has been a tremendously difficult one. In the past month, however, I have been able to bring about a lot of reading, and it’s insane how much you can get through if you apply yourself. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you read more books, even if you’re super busy.
Get A Library Card
One of the best things that I have done since moving to the Midwest is simple, I got a library card. I love the library. If you have a library in your town, go to it and support it. In my hometown now, I am allowed to pull out 120 books at a time. Right now, I only have 3 out, but I am reading through the books. The reason why I recommend the library is because it’s free to borrow books. That’s right, 100% free to borrow books and enjoy them for a time.
The second reason I recommend getting a library card is because there’s a finite amount of time that you have with the books. That means that you have to return them. It’s a pleasure to pull books and have a deadline to read them, because it forces you to actually go through them. It’s like renting a movie, you have to return it or pay fees.
Listen To Audiobooks
Now, you know I personally hate Audible. I even wrote a post about how much I hate them here. However, if you are one of those people that have no time to literally pick up a book and read a few pages, then you should pick up audiobooks. You can buy them outright, or you can get them from Audible. If you are like me, you can pick them up for free at your local library, including books on tape, and even CD, if you still use that. If you have a smartphone, you can download books via the OneDrive application, as long as you sign in with your library card. You can even listen to audiobooks while you’re on the way to work. Since terrestrial radio sucks these days, this could be a great option to consider, right? Why not!
Join A Book Club
I tried to start a book club here. It failed. I tried to join a book club, no one went. It’s weird how books are in fact sold left and right, yet no one gets together to discuss them. I’ve tried setting up a lot of things, including a pro-wrestling viewing party, to no avail. I guess people aren’t as social as they once were? Whatever the case may be, you could possibly find yourself a book club in your area. If you do, join it, and start reading.
Start A Blog and Review Books
If you have noticed my updates on this blog lately, you will find that I do a lot of book reviews. The reason why is simple, I read a lot. Like more than anyone I know. In fact, I don’t know anyone that reads as much as I do. I wish I had more friends to share my readings with, but I don’t. To offset that loneliness, I write blog posts about the books I read. They are updated on this page. You can buy them via the links that I put up, and you can comment and let me know how much they suck. If you start a book review blog, you will force yourself to read and write about them. You’ll need a little discipline but you can do it.
The Poop Option
Do you go to the bathroom? Of course you do? Well, why not read something while you’re doing your business. You don’t have to read a lot, but a few pages a day can lead to a lifetime of vocabulary improvement. You’ll also enjoy your bathroom trips a little better. Just don’t leave paperbacks and hardcovers in the bathroom, as the pages can warp with the moisture in the air.
Wake Up 1 Hour Earlier
Instead of waking up at your regularly scheduled time, get up 1 hour earlier. Then make your coffee and read a few pages. Take at least 30 minutes out of that hour to read a book, any book. Instead of turning on the dumb news, or seeing if there’s new episodes of “The Daily Show” on television, just read a book and see how far you can get. It’s not that hard. You’ll actually feel better about yourself.
Eliminate 1 Episode of Television
Here’s something that you can do. Eliminate 1 hour of television per day. No joke. Take one 30-minute block of time and read a book instead of watching television. You will thank yourself for this, especially if you read something compelling, or life changing. Heck, some people suggested I read, “The Art of the Deal” by Donald Trump, and you know what? It’s not as bad as people say. Weird huh? I know, I just lost all 2 of you fans out there.
Get A Boring Job (Like A Video Store Clerk)
One of the secrets to my success as a writer and reader for that matter is that I have a boring job. My current part time gig of being a video store clerk gives me a lot of down time. I hustle a lot to put movies away, vacuum, sweep, and do other things, but as soon as I’m done, I’m reading. Reading at work is great. Get a job that lets you read while you’re at work, and you’ll enjoy more books, no problem.
At the end of the day, you have a lot of time to read. No seriously. You can make time. You can do a lot of things, including making money with reviews and more. If you read just 1 or 2 pages a day, you can get through a novel in no time. You may even want to finish it, and stop watching television so much altogether. Then again, don’t read, come back to the video stores and rent. I’ll be waiting.