How to Read 100 books in a Year

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Sarah Brown | 2 Comments

Reading is one of my favorite things. If I can get out of the house for a little bit of mommy time, my first choice of activities is always a hot chai latte and a good book.

I hear people say all the time that they just don’t have time to read. And, I know there are times in everyone’s life when reading can be difficult and harder to do. But, if you want to be a reader, part of the battle is just making it a priority. 

Here are some ways I am able to read over 100 books in a year:

1. Always have a book with you. I never go anywhere without a book, so if there is ever downtime in the carpool line or before a meeting, I always have a book handy.

2. Read a chapter a day. I try to read a chapter a day out of a Christian book and a business book. Most Christian and business books have only about 10-12 total chapters, so reading one chapter a day gets you through a book within 2 weeks.

3. Get rid of cable. We don’t have cable, so every night, once we put our son down, I get in bed and read for 1 - 2 hours before going to bed. 

4. Put your phone somewhere else. Don’t set your phone next to you while you read - it will greatly diminish you’re reading goals. Maybe try this iPhone background for your phone?

5. Resist the temptation to “get things done.” When my preschooler is happily occupied for 10 minutes, it is easy to try to clean dishes, unload the dishwasher, etc. I try to resist the temptation and just enjoy reading. It means our house is more of a mess, but I’m a happier person.

6. Try out audiobooks. If you haven’t tried audiobooks, I’d definitely recommend giving it a go. Looking for a good audio book to try out?  I really enjoyed Yes Please, Wonder, and Sycamore Row.

7. Read multiple books at one time. Some people won’t agree with this, but I usually have 3 books going at a time - a Christian book, a business/non-fiction book, and a fiction book. It makes me want to read more.

8. Stay on top of library requesting. I get an e-mail notice from my library about 3 days before our books are due. When I get it, I go online and request new books to be put on hold for me. This is great, as the books are usually ready when I make it to the library 3 days later, always giving me something new to read.

9. Consider a book club (or start your own). I had never done a book club until this year (I had heard some funny horror stories from friends about them!), but gave it a go. It is fun and makes reading fun.

How do you make reading a priority?  Any tips you’d add to this list?

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Sarah
Sarah

January 26, 2015

Hey Jasmin – great question! I keep a long list going and anytime I see someone I respect online mention a book, I usually go check it out. Modern Mrs. Darcy is a great place (and she’s got really good recommendations!) Also, Goodreads posts “Best of” lists every year (best Fiction, best Young Adult, etc.) – it’s voted on by hundreds of thousands, so always good recommendations there too!

Jasmin
Jasmin

January 22, 2015

Sarah – thanks for sharing this! I agree about reading multiple books at once – three or four for me :) But I would love to know how you choose what books to read? I never know what great books are out there and you seem to have a constant steam of them. How do you choose? And how do you make wise choices – because books can be full of garbage, just as badly as other forms of media. I’d love to hear your method :)

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