When I tell people that I’m currently reading a book every week, they’re usually pretty shocked. A look of disbelief is often followed by an exclamatory “How on earth do you have time to read that much?”
For me, finding more time to read has been easily achievable with a few small daily changes, including fewer binge-watching sessions and less scrolling through my phone. Thanks to my reading challenge, I genuinely feel like I have a much healthier balance, especially with social media.
With that in mind, here’s my top tips for getting ahead of that mammoth TBR pile!
Without question, my phone is my biggest distraction, so I’m making a conscious effort to use it less this year. If you were to ask my boyfriend, he’d probably suggest that I’ve failed miserably but I definitely feel like I’m making progress, albeit with plenty of room for improvement! Leaving my phone in another room or using the do not disturb setting has certainly helped improve my reading stats.
Always carry a book
It’s easy to underestimate just how much reading you can get done in those in-between moments of life, such as daily commutes, lunch breaks and waiting for appointments. I never go anywhere without having a book in my bag, so that I’m always prepared to take full advantage of any spare moments I do have.
Keep a book by your bedside
What is the last thing you do before bed? For me, 90% of the time it’s checking Instagram. Having a book on by my bedside table helps to avoid the temptation of looking at my phone, opting to read a few extra pages instead. This small change has had a really positive effect on my TBR list and also helps me sleep better, so it’s a win win situation.
Make the most of holiday reading
Going on a beach holiday is my absolute favourite thing in the world. I get to do everything I love in excess – eat, drink, swim, sunbathe, and, most importantly, read. That’s why I always plan my holiday reading weeks in advance. If you plan it right, you can make a real dent in your TBR pile which massively helps reach your annual target. For me, I tend to opt for relatively short books that are easy to get through, often choosing new offerings from authors I already love.
Monitor your reading and set targets
2019 is the first time I’ve thoroughly monitored my reading activity and really made the most of my Goodreads account. As a super organised, goal-orientated person, I always work best when I set myself targets and can monitor my progress. I love looking back at what I’ve read, checking my ratings and assessing which books I’m still thinking about months later. It’s also brilliant to look at my ‘Year in Books’ on Goodreads and actually see a true reflection of my reading activity.
What are your top tips for getting through a never ending TBR list? I’d love to hear them!