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15 Tips And Tricks To Actually Read More Books In 2018

Become the book reader you've always wanted to be.

1. Set a realistic number of how many books you want to read this year.


Goodreads has a feature where you can pledge how many books you plan to read in 2018, and it might get intimidating if you see your friends plan on reading 50 or 60 books this year. If you are easing into reading more, start by setting it at 12 books, which works out to one book a month. If you find yourself reading at a faster rate, you can always adjust it! Another way to track the books you've read is to create a page in your bullet journal like this one.

2. Determine a set amount of time or pages to read per day.

3. Figure out which time of day is the best for you to read.

4. Create a reading-friendly environment at home.

5. Get a library card. RIGHT NOW.


Unlimited access to free books is a no-brainer. If you don't already have a library card, get one right now!! There's something so calming about spending an afternoon exploring your local library and finding a copy of that book you've heard so much about to check out. If they don't have the book you want, you can place your name on the hold list, and you can get the hard copy or ebook version when it's available. IT'S A MAGICAL PLACE, Y'ALL.

6. Carry a book everywhere.

7. Consider using your phone to read.

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Having ebooks on your phone means you're literally never without a book. There are times (like when I'm absolutely squished on the subway during rush hour) when it's so much easier to just open up my library app on my phone than to take out a print book or to carry one around. In fact, it might be a good idea to delete all the other apps that could distract you (Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush etc.) so your only option for entertainment on your phone is reading.

8. Start listening to audiobooks.

9. Buy used books at local bookstores.

10. Start a book club with your friends.

11. Or join a virtual community of readers.


Maaaaay we suggest Page Turners by BuzzFeed?! It's a new challenge/online community that'll help you pick a new book to read each month and encourage you to actually finish it! Instead of everyone picking the same book, we will focus on a different genre each month, and you can pick whatever book on your reading list that fits the genre. What's also great is that you'll have a built-in community of other avid readers that can give you suggestions on what to read next.

12. Host a book swap party with your friends.

13. Read the book before the movie comes out.


Movie releases in 2018 are FULL of amazing book-to-film adaptations, so you can use that as a reading guide. It's always fun to compare if the book or movie was better, so use this list of books that are being adapted for the big screen this year to guide your reading.

14. Don’t be afraid to quit a book.


This was the hardest lesson for me to learn this past year. There were many books I forced myself to finish just from sheer determination or because I heard it was soooo good from so many people. In the end, I wound up taking too long to finish books I actually did not enjoy reading. Life is way too short to read bad books, so if you find yourself 100 pages into a book and absolutely hating it, stop reading and try something else. You'll thank yourself in the long run.

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