I get a lot of fuss about the extent and speed to which I read.
Some people get really annoyed when you talk about the number of books a person reads and acts like if you read more than 5-12 books a year, you don’t have a life. I happen to have a life, and have learned how NOT to take offense when people say things like ‘You must not have any hobbies,’ or ‘I’m just too busy to read that much.’ After all, those are the people who are missing out, as reading books is great for your brain, and awesome for your stress levels.
I learned how to read at three years old. I was writing full sentences before Kindergarten. I devoured every book I could get my hands on, and even some I probably shouldn’t have (like a Harlequin type romance called ‘Evergreen Girl’ that my Mom had). I ended up devouring books in Summer Reading groups and beyond–I had a reputation for being a reader. In high school, I took a speed reading class, and was about to hit 1200 words per minute with 100% retention. I hope that I am at least double that now, but there are days I doubt that, for sure!
- Make the Most of your Reading Time–Life is busy, especially now. With all the cellphones, we’re almost always ‘on’ so it is essential to take some time for yourself. Set an alarm for 15-30 minutes of ‘you’ time. Let people know you’re taking a little time for yourself–few rational people will have a problem with this.
- Have your Book Ready–Have your book ready at all times! Whether it be on a reading app or a book you carry with you in physical format. You never know when you might have some unexpected pockets of time, use it to read!
- Bookmarks are your friend–I set bookmarks in halfway marks of physical books, and then additional ones in half or quarters, depending on the size of the book. If I want to read x amount of pages during my reading session, I mark the next 50 or 00 page with my finger–you would be surprised at how this can help!
- Multiple books can sometimes help–Having a funny book in the living room, a nonfiction book in the bedroom and a light book in another room can help! I grew up in homes where there were magazines and reader’s digest-type books in the bathroom, so if that’s your thing, that can be your thing! Also, maybe you’re just not feeling that historical account of something you love–maybe you need to lighten things up a bit–other books will make that easy.
The big takeaway here is to make time for it. Maybe it can even be something for your entire family to enjoy, or just a few minutes for yourself. As you start to take the time to read, you’ll notice it will be easier to get ‘sucked into’ the novel. And then, pretty soon, you’ll be reading faster than you are now!
Either way, I thank you or stopping by–and look forward to interacting with you. This is part five of a week-long challenge (Getting Your Blogging Groove Back Challenge) by the ProBlogger podcast. To listen to this episode, or others, please click this link to ProBlogger. Thank you for reading How Did I Get Here… Share your tips for reading quickly got here in the comments below!