How To Read More Books in 2024

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I read 44 books in 2023 and I am very pleased with myself. That’s almost 4 books a month! I challenged myself to get more organised and purposeful with my reading in 2023, and thanks to the tips I’m about to share, I definitely achieved that.

Before you begin…

I followed a fair few bookstagram accounts to begin with, but after a while I unfollowed them. Mostly because they were too focused on the latest Tik Tok book (95% of which I’m not interested in), or the sheer amount of books they seemed to get through was not inspiring me- only making me feel behind in my own reading. You might like to try following some accounts, but if they make you feel the way I did, remember you can unfollow.

It’s also important to remember the following:

  • You don’t have to read what’s popular.
  • You don’t have to read every brand new release.
  • You can read books meant for any age group.

If you want to read more books this year, check out my easy to action steps below!

Download Storygraph

Unless you’re an analogue person (which is totally cool btw) I recommend heading over to the app store on your phone and downloading Storygraph. Storygraph is similiar to, but in my opinion, better than Goodreads by a mile. Storygraph is also black owned and is thus an opportunity to support a minority owned business. It allows you to easily track the books you’re reading, create a TBR list, and suggests books you might like. Stats wise it breaks down your reading into genres, moods, pace and authors you’ve read more than once. Its a clean interface, and you can import your Goodreads account too!

Set A Realistic Goal

If you work full time, have children and a busy social schedule don’t set a goal to read 100 books. It’s unlikely to happen! Think about your schedule and commitments. Mine is such that I can read 3-4 books a month comfortably most months. But maybe 2 books a month is more manageable for you? This post is about reading more, so make it a stretch goal within reason, but don’t doom yourself from the get go with a goal that is unrealistic.

Have 2 Books on the Go

I know, this seems a bit well… much. But hear me out! We all run into that “I want to read, but not that” sort of mood from time to time. Your book sits on the bedside table/sofa/chair for days, possibly weeks because you aren’t currently feeling it. That’s ok! Don’t let the guilt overwhelm you. Pick 2 very different kinds of books to have on hand so that if one loses your interest, you have something else to read.

Think Pages, Not Chapters

Have you ever told yourself “I’ve got to finish this chapter!” only to find that your run out of time and energy, and then end up feeling annoyed that you didn’t follow through? I know how satisfying it is to read on a chapter by chapter basis. It feels so neat and tidy. But life happens, and so rather than commiting to a whole chapter, commit to a number of pages.

But wait, this post is about reading more, right? How does that work?

Simple- by commiting to this you’re under promising and will (very likely) end up over delivering on your reading. If you set out to read ten pages, you will likely read more. But reading more than one chapter? That’s trickier!

Forget About Whole Afternoons of Reading

How often do you end up with an uninterrupted block of time, say an afternoon, to sit and read? (Ok so I do, but I appreciate I’m the minority here) Rather than getting disheartened that you don’t have hours and hours to read, and then subsequently feeling like you don’t have ANY time at all to read- think micro. Reading on your commute, waiting to see your GP, a few minutes in the morning… all these micro slots of time add up!

How many books do you want to read this year? Do you have any more tips we should know about? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Thanks for the great blog!
    I have a toddler at home, so finding time to read is quite challenging sometimes. I love reading— it has a calming effect and transports me to another place, if only for a while. I have also shifted my focus; it is not just about ‘finishing’ the book anymore but more about enjoying the reading experience.

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