5 tips to read more!

In the world today, it can be hard to find more time to read when there is so much to do. Maybe your job demands a lot of your attention or you are very busy with school or you have a family to take care of. There are so many things out there in the world that require your attention so that may leave you with very little time to read.

Set goals….

Set yourself a goal to read a little each day. It can be something small, like you can agree to read maybe one chapter a day before going to bed or spend your commute to/from work reading (as long as you’re not the person driving the vehicle) or maybe you can dedicate the last 5 minutes of your lunch break to reading a portion of whatever book you’re on. Whatever it is, start off small with something that is easily obtainable. Once you get yourself in the habit of reading a certain amount everyday, then you can extend it little by little. Like you can extend it from 1 chapter to 2 chapters or maybe reading the last 10 minutes of your lunch break or whatever.

Choose something you’ll enjoy….

Making time for reading will be easier if you are reading something that you really enjoy. Reading will seem a lot more interesting and fun if you’re reading something that captures and holds your attention, thus making it less like a chore. Also, if you run into something that you don’t like, don’t power through it or force yourself to read it. If you’re not enjoying it, move on to the next one.

Keep a list….

Make a list of books you’d like to read and keep it on you. That way, it will make it easier to choose books to read the next time you’re at your local library or bookstore. If you need help finding books to read, you can find bloggers who can offer suggestions that are to your tastes.

Share……

When you read a book you enjoyed, share it with other readers. They may be able to recommend something to you and you’ll find other books to read.

Quiet time…..

If possible, create a quiet space for you to read in that is free of distractions and too much noise. For example, I have all my books in a spare bedroom of the house. I also have a little loveseat in there as well to relax on when I’m reading. My hubby refers to that spare room as my library.

Book storage….?

How do you store the physical books that you have?

I have 3 bookcases in the spare bedroom. My hubby now refers to that room as the library. I have my books arranged by author to make it easier to find books that I’m looking for. It makes sense to me because that’s the way the books are arranged at my local bookstore. Since that’s the way I am use to finding them at the bookstore, then I figured that would be a good way to arrange them at home.

I do have a Kindle Fire (as of last year) so that has helped me keep the bookcases from getting overwhelmed with books. There are some books that I can live with having on my Kindle and then there are some books that I have to have the physical copy of.

Which one next?

The nice thing about having a Kindle Fire is that I can take a bunch of books with me without taking up a bunch of room in my carry on when I travel. So, my question is…..which book should I read next when I take my next trip? Keep in mind, I’ve marked the e-books that I’ve read already and there is one that is currently in progress, however, which one should I start next when I finish that one? Do you have any other suggestions besides what is on this list?

A Haunting by L. I. Albemont (already read)
The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs (already read)
Craven Manor by Darcy Coates
Quarter to Midnight by Darcy Coates
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates (already read)
The House Next Door by Darcy Coates (already read)
Night Music (Nocturnes Volume II) by John Connolly
Aberrations by Joseph Delaney
Murder has a Motive by Francis Duncan (already read)
Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan (already read)
The Magician’s by Lev Grossman
The Magician’s King by Lev Grossman
The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (already read)
The Mystery of Drear House by Virginia Hamilton (already read)
The Small Hand by Susan Hill
Pet Sematary by Stephen King (in progress)
1922 by Stephen King
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
Darker Daze: The Storms Within Volume I by A. L. Mabry
Hell House by Richard Matheson (already read)
Awake by Natasha Preston
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Harry Potter: A Journey

Well, it looks like we will be getting some more stories from the world of Harry Potter at the end of June. (I feel that won’t come soon enough though.) They will be selling four e-books called “Harry Potter: A Journey” and they each will focus on different subjects from the wizarding world.

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures

The first two are set to be released at the end of June and the other two will follow some time after, according to Pottermore, the official Harry Potter digital site. These e-books sound like something Hermione would enjoy. Anyway, it’s a good thing my hubby got me that Kindle Fire last year since I will want to read these when they come out.

Do you prefer books or e-books or audiobooks?

I thought this would be a pretty cool topic to discuss. We live in a world of technology….so more and more people are using tablets/e-readers to read or they are listening to audiobooks on their phone and such. There are plenty of ways to read now since technology has changed our world a bit. I don’t have any audiobooks. I don’t spend a lot of time driving and my commute to work isn’t that long so I don’t really have the opportunity to listen to books. I mean, I do but I prefer reading a book myself as opposed to having someone else read to me. Now, I currently have a Kindle Fire which I use for reading only. I didn’t get one till last year (I want to say around late February or early March was when I got it). I only got one because my bookshelves were filled to capacity and I didn’t have any room to add anymore books. I still prefer to read the actual book (and I’m always going to prefer the physical copy) because I love the smell of books and turning each page as I’m reading. But there is one benefit of having my Kindle. If my husband and I ever travel, then I can take a bunch of books with me to read without taking up a lot of space. I just have to remember to take the charger with me for my Kindle. So, do you prefer to read books, do you prefer to read using a tablet/e-reader or do you prefer listening to an audiobook?

My goal for 2019!

I spent the 2018 year trying to see how much I could read. I wasn’t really trying to set any goals for 2018. My only goal now is to see if I can read more in 2019 than I did in 2018. If you’re interested in what I read during the 2018 year, then you can view the list below. I’d be happy to discuss any of the books listed if you want my opinion on them.

  • Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (paperback)
  • The Cellar by Natasha Preston (paperback)
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (paperback)
  • The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (e-book)
  • You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston (paperback)
  • The Mystery of Drear House by Virginia Hamilton (e-book)
  • Hell House by Richard Matheson (e-book)
  • Murder has a Motive by Francis Duncan (e-book)
  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum (paperback)
  • The House with the Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs (e-book)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (paperback)
  • The House Next Door by Darcy Coates (e-book)
  • The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (paperback)
  • An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena (hardcover)
  • The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics (hardcover)
  • Court of Shadows by Madeliene Roux (hardcover)
  • The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates (e-book)
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (paperback)
  • Ten Dead Comedians by Fred Van Lente (paperback)
  • The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (hardcover)
  • The Apartment by S. L. Grey (paperback)
  • Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan (e-book)