11 pointers that will help you make reading a consistent habit

Ace your reading new year resolution with these innovative ideas

Reading books develops out thoughts, gives us endless knowledge and lessons. Books have all sorts of information, stories, feelings and thoughts unlike anything in this world. Reading books is a great mental exercise and is also a timeless form of information and entertainment. Reading has survived through centuries and so has it’s benefits despite human evolution. Also, it helps enhance your vocabulary as you can come across many words while reading, which you do not know.

Despite knowing many benefits of reading books, many people find it tough to make reading books a habit. We all want knowledge, information and entertainment from books, but it is very difficult to start the process of reading books. Some of us find it very challenging to kick start the reading process. All you need it little motivation and you are good to go.

We are going to tell you how you can start reading books and then make it a habit.

1. Start with reading fewer pages

You don’t have to read 100 pages on the first day when you start reading books. Start with 5 to 10 pages a day and then as per your convenience, increase it to 20 to 50 pages a day. It takes around an hour to read 40 pages so investing an hour of 80 minutes of your day in reading books is not a bad option.

2. Read the genre you love

You might find books boring if the genre of that book in not of your interest. You should start with the genres that you love. If you are into politics, read political books, if you are looking for entertainment read fiction novels and if you are a sports fan, read biographies of your favourite sports stars.

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3. Determine your reading goal

It is important to make a reading plan for yourself. Set yourself a goal of some number of books. Like 12 or 24 books in a year and divide it into smaller goals like 1 or 2 books per month. Setting a goal will help you to follow a consistent reading pattern.

4. Make a list of books

Once you have started reading books, make a list of books that you are going to read. Ask for a recommendation from friends, families, book reviewers or relevant social media accounts and start finishing them one by one.

5. Invest in tools that encourage reading

If buying physicals books are too expensive for you then you can buy e-books from the Internet which is cheaper and easily accessible. Although, we would suggest that you should invest in physical books as much as you can as they are more than worth.

6. Follow book lovers on social media

You can follow social media book lovers and reviewers who will keep you updated with the new arrivals and also tell you which are the ones you should pick first. They can give some great recommendations as per your genre.

7. Set reading times

It is vital to set a time-frame for reading books. We would suggest you start 15 minutes daily and gradually increase it to 30 minutes and finally an hour. Set an appropriate time, be it in the morning or in the evening but setting a time like between 7 to 8 am or 9 to 10 pm is important as it will keep you consistent in your reading.

8. Get a reading partner or Book club

Find a reading partner who is interested in reading books as much as you. He/She will help you create a plan to help you achieve your reading goals. You can discuss what you learnt from a particular book.

With a book club, you will be able to create a concrete strategy that will constantly keep you motivated and inspired to grow beyond your comfort zone.

9. Always carry a book

Wherever you go, carry a book. Literally everywhere even in the loo. Use the vacant time to read books. You can read while you are travelling in a metro, bus or even in a car. If you will have a book every time, you can utilize the time when you are waiting for someone or something in reading that book.

10. Find a quiet place

Reading can’t happen unless you have a quiet place. So, tell your family members or flatmates to not disturb you for a few minutes. Also, keep your phone away in a silent mode so that the notification sound or call ring doesn’t break your continuity.

11. Make reading pleasurable

Make reading the favourite time of your day by having some good tea, coffee while you read, or another kind of treat. Find yourself a comfy chair and just live the moment.

Here is some motivation from social media users who are sharing their bit about reading books.



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