Tips for Upgrading Your Reading Game in 2023
January 15, 2023 at 6:30:00 AM
Man, last year was BOOK-ED for us and we hope to read many good books this year, too.
If one of your resolutions for 2023 is to read more books, you're in the right place.
(But if you are getting started for the first time, take it slow.)
Whether you're looking to tackle a specific reading goal or simply want to make time for more reading, we've got some tips and tricks to help you get started.
Have realistic goals
First things first, set a realistic goal for yourself.
Don't try to commit to reading 50 books in a year if you've never finished a single book before.
Start small, and don't be too hard on yourself if you don't meet your goal right away.
Remember, the point is to enjoy reading, not to stress yourself out.
Book clubs and challenges
One way to stay motivated is to join a book club or reading challenge.
This can be a great way to hold yourself accountable and get recommendations from other like-minded readers.
You could also try setting aside specific times in your day or week to read or carrying a book with you wherever you go so you can squeeze in a few pages whenever possible.
Don't force yourself into a slump
It's also important to find books that you're interested in reading.
Don't feel like you must stick to a certain genre or type of literature just because you think it's "worthy."
Choose books that you genuinely want to read, whether it's the latest bestseller or a classic you've always wanted to read.
Try different formats of reading
Another helpful thing is to mix things up a bit.
Try switching between physical books and e-books or listening to audiobooks while you're on the go.
This can help keep you engaged and prevent you from getting burnt out.
Start a book blog or journaling
One way to put yourself out there and share your love for reading is to consider starting a reading journal or book blog.
This can be a great way to keep track of your reading progress and thoughts on the books you're reading.
It can also be a fun way to engage with other readers and share recommendations.
Whether you start a simple logbook or create a blog or social media account dedicated to your reading, this can be a great way to stay motivated and make reading a more active and interactive experience.
Set specific time slots to read
If you're having trouble making time for reading, try setting aside dedicated reading time each day or week.
This could be as simple as 15 minutes before bed, or an hour on the weekends.
You could also try listening to audiobooks while you're commuting or working out.
Try changing your reading nook
If you are getting distracted too often or just can't get into the 'zone' while reading, try to switch up your reading environment.
If you always read in the same place, you may find yourself getting bored or distracted.
Try reading in different locations - for example, you could try reading in a coffee shop or park, or even just in a different room in your house.
Changing your surroundings can help keep you engaged and make reading feel like a new and exciting activity.
Just choose a location that is comfortable and conducive to reading - you don't want to be too cold or hot or have too many distractions.
Be kind to yourself and take breaks
Finally, don't be afraid to take breaks and permit yourself to put a book down if you're not enjoying it.
It's better to take a break than to force yourself to trudge through something you're not interested in.
There are so many great books out there, and you deserve to spend your time reading something you love.
We hope these tips help reading a bigger part of your life in 2023.
We just got started on Cactus Blooms by Terence Alvares.
What about you? What are you reading?
Do share with us!
As always, Happy reading!