Every year, almost 5 million people google how to read more as part of their research for New Year’s Resolutions.
It comes in behind exercising and eating right, but it’s on the list of things people want to do to improve their lives.
I remember wishing I read more. I didn’t google it and I didn’t make it a New Year’s Resolution, but I was feeling it intensely.
I still wish it sometimes, but not as often and not a strongly, since I discovered the simple key to reading more.
The key to reading more is to surround yourself with irresistible books.
Goals and challenges can help.
Accountability and support systems are good.
But, achievement will be almost effortless if you are surrounded by irresistible books.
The challenge will no longer be, how can I make time to read? But, how will I get my cleaning done, how do I get a full night’s sleep every night? How can I get my work done?
Not just great books, not just bestsellers, not just books that are famous, but books that are irresistible to YOU.
Finding them and getting access to them is your challenge.
How do you find them, the irresistible books?
First of all, you have to answer the question Why am I reading?
Am I reading to be educated or entertained? Do I want to learn or escape? These are the two main reasons people read.
The exceptional writers are the ones who can entertain while teaching or instruct while entertaining.
So, you mainly want to escape and be entertained? Where do you find great books? The plethora of books available makes finding ones you love a daunting task.
You could go by bestseller lists, by GoodReads or Amazon reviews, what your friends are reading, book clubs or bloggers. There’s so many great resources on the internet now to find books you love. Pinterest, instagram, twitter.
So, you’re interesting in learning? To scale up your business, to take up a new hobby, to rocket your side hustle. Or to improve your spiritual, emotional or relational life. To understand what’s happening in the world or in politics. To understand a cause or join the conversation.
This is the best time in history to connect with people with the same interests as you. You can find them online. You can find out what they’re reading and what they’re writing.
Surrounding yourself with irresistible books has never been easier.
Even with the disappearance of bookstores. Even if you’re not close to a library, the possibilities are greater than ever. There’s audio books. There’s ebooks. There’s used books–sometimes cheap online, sometimes not. There’s free books from people building their businesses.
Some people don’t consider the time that they’re exercising or commuting or cleaning the kitchen as a good time to read. But, if you add audio books into the mix, all of a sudden windows of time for reading open up.
Find books you love.
When you are surrounded by books you love, then it’s no longer a problem of finding time to read, it will be a problem of finding time to clean or mow the lawn or sleep. It won’t be a matter of finding time to read.
I think this is the key. I really do. I owe a lot to Modern Mrs Darcy for helping me to find books that I love. Not that everything I’ve heard on podcast or read about in her blog have been winners, but I found out about a lot of books that I wouldn’t have otherwise. It gave this fiction snob a reason to believe that there are novels out there that I like. I had about given up hope. It felt like all the wholesome novels were not well-written and the well-written novels were not wholesome.
“Throw your phone in the ocean.”
Even with print books and ebooks, there’s the time you spend waiting, there’s the time you spend on your phone or watching tv or engaging with social media.
Austin Kleon’s number one rule for reading more is “Throw your phone in the ocean.” Nuff said.
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