Reading offers a wide array of benefits outside of just education, entertainment , and self-improvement. It helps you relax, improves your memory, expands your vocabulary, and can improve other areas of your life in ways you hadn’t anticipated. When you want to add “reading for pleasure” to your list of hobbies, carving out a little space throughout your day is well worth it and it can allow you to get through those books that may be dusting away on the shelf.
Prepare Your Reading List
First start by preparing a list of books that you want to read. You can find the latest and most popular books available right now by visiting online book sites such as Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, or you can visit your local bookstore, or pull one right from your bookshelf.
You can also prepare your reading list by visiting online literary websites, such as:
- The New York Times Bestsellers’ list
- Your local library’s website
Select Short Reads
When you want to complete a book a day, you’d do well to choose novels that are less than 250 pages in length. A shorter read can generally be read quickly and still provide you with an enjoyable reading experience. If you’re a skilled speed reader, you may be able to finish a 250-page book in a relatively short amount of time and possibly able to read more than a book a week.
It helps as well if you choose books that focus on topics that interest you. Reading about things that you like will help keep you focused while you read.
Make Time for Reading
As with any hobby or pastime, you’re gonna have to set aside time each day for reading. Setting aside just 30-60 minutes a day for reading can give you enough time to thoroughly enjoy and complete a short novel. It also can be the perfect amount of time to help you stay focused and avoid becoming bored or tired.
Limit Distractions while Reading
Limit possible distractions that could divert your attention away from your book. This means turning off your cell phone, closing the door to the room, and quieting other distractions that could interrupt you. When you keep your attention directly on the novel’s plot, you can finish your book in good time.
Find a Relaxing Place
Along with limiting distractions, you also should find a quiet, relaxing place to read. Getting away from noise and busy areas will give you the opportunity to settle down and enjoy a brief respite each day. If you lack quiet space at home, you might try going to the local library or a park to read to find the solitude and peace you need to read a book a day.
Reading an entire book in a week can be accomplished with much ease when you have a plan set in place that includes a daily reading schedule and a selection of books to choose from. It’s like the old saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant?…piece by piece.” Enjoy!!