How to reach my reading goal and read more books this year.
My reading goal in 2018 is 60 books. I was so close last year, I had wanted to read 50 books but read 49. So close! It’s only an arbitrary number really but there’s something nice about setting goals, even for your reading.
I keep a book database.
It’s a really simple google sheet which I can access on all of my devices and even offline. (Sheets is an awesome tool and it’s FREE). I started my database last year but I’ve since upped the game and record a lot more. It records all of the books I’ve read – genre, awards, notes, fave quotes etc.
I track my reading stats.
In said database. I like to know on average on how many books I’m reading per month, and how I’m tracking against my goals and reading lists. It’s really basic stuff but I do find the act of recording quite enjoyable.
I keep a list of books I want to read next.
From recommendations and reviews, and classics I’ve always wanted to read. This means I very rarely get stuck deciding which next book to read.
I read in different formats.
“Real” books are my favourite but sometimes the Kindle is the best option as it’s small and portable, plus the classics cost only a few bucks. I also use Audible for audio books which I listen to mostly while I’m at the gym. By having 3 different types of books on the go, I cover all of my bases for maximising my opportunity to read.
I prioritise time for reading.
This probably works out to be about 1 hour per day (more in the weekends) which isn’t really that much. 30 minutes during the day and 30 minutes before going to sleep each night to wind down. I don’t find this hard to stick to because personally I prefer to have a quiet house and my nose in a book than the sound of the TV.