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Seven ways to get more out of your reading, and how to read more!


In our busy world it is hard to find time to do all the things that we want to do. Whether its exercise, spending more time with friends or family, learning a new language, or reading more, we somehow lose time without evening knowing how it happened. Our time does not seem to feel like it belongs to us any more. If one of your goals is to fit in more time for reading then here are some helpful tips that I have found help me.

1. Take a book with you no matter where you go.

You would be surprised how many times a day you will get a chance to read if you do this. Is it going to be a long wait for your coffee? Or maybe your train in delayed? Maybe you in a long line at the grocery store? These are all perfect opportunities to pull out your book, eReader, or newspaper.

2. If you can, take public transport.

Since moving to Switzerland, I take public transport everywhere. It makes it really easy considering that the public transport is very efficient and on time. Whilst I can’t read on buses (damn motion sickness), I mostly catch trains which are no problem for me. When I do my regular commutes throughout the day I can get up to one hour of reading time in, at a minimum! Plus, it helps the travel go by a lot quicker!

3. Swap the T.V. for a book.

I always say that reading is one of my favourite group activities and it’s the truth. Sitting down and reading with someone can be great. Afterwards you can talk about the books you’re reading and who knows, you might even get your next book recommendation. I love T.V. and I often find myself addicted to T.V. shows (Castle, for example), but I always try to find time to disconnect and read.

4. Read and don’t give up.

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine who said that they could never read as much as me. As though I had some special super power that she did not possess. The truth is though, reading, just like any other activity, takes time and you have to put effort in to it. You could compare reading to doing a sport. If you have never ran before in your life, then how do you expect to do a marathon for your first go? The same parallel can be drawn for reading. Reading takes time and it is a skill that you have to nurture. It is also a skill that is extremely rewarding. You can expand your mind, learn news words, travel without leaving your chair, and get to know people and places that you never knew you could!

5. Go at your own pace.

It doesn’t matter if you read one book every two months or one book every two days, it is all about the fact that you are reading. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a book. So many people I know tell me that they don’t read enough, but then tell me that they spend their days reading two to three newspapers, online magazines, and blogs, etc. If that isn’t reading then I don’t know what is?! Reading doesn’t mean just books. Reading can come in many shapes and forms and it’s important to make sure that you do it! And to do it at your own pace!

6. Read loud and proud!

So, I realise that reading out aloud, especially without an audience, can seem a little strange, but you should really give it a go. I find that reading out aloud, whether someone is there or not helped me a lot when it comes to public speaking. Reading out aloud helps me find a rhythm in the words that I read and I love the idea of sharing books with people if I can.

7. Read and remember.

When I was growing up, my Father used to read me poetry and after a while he would help me learn the poems. It’s not that I get to stand on a soap box every day reciting poetry, but these poems and passages from books have stayed with me since I was a child. I also think they helped me a lot when it came to remembering and learning things for exams. And who knows when you might need to recite the opening scene of Macbeth?!

How do you get more out of your reading?! I would love to hear from you. Remember to share the reading love.

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