How to Read More

I’m often asked “How do you read so many books?”

Well, it is actually much simpler than you would imagine.

Five Ways to Read More:

  • Change the Rules– I used to think I had to read through one single book chronologically to completion. I’ve abandoned that notion. Now, I read the book that is near me. For example, If I’m in the car waiting on piano lessons to end- I read the book that is in my car.
  • Keep more books on hand– I keep a book on my nightstand, one in my purse, one by my bathtub, one in my car, etc.. By always having a book in sight, I’m able to read more.
  • Listen to the books on Audible. I subscribe to Audible and have listened to so many books while traveling, doing chores around the house and running errands. The more you listen, you might even get comfortable listening to audiobooks faster (and then, you can complete the book quicker). Much to my husbands chagrin, depending on the narrator- I may listen double speed. Certain books are elevated when narrated by the author. Here, you can find a list of my favorite audiobooks.
  • Read what interests you. I’m typically in the middle of multiple books at once. Some nights I feel drawn to a deeply spiritual book, other times I am in the mood for a light fiction book or a business book. I read almost exclusively based on my mood at that time. When I need direction in my life on parenting, marriage, relationships or business, I turn to books. There is so much we can glean from those who have walked this road ahead of us. I try the words on for size, embracing what feels true and discarding the ideas that don’t fit.
  • Shift your perspective. Mostly, I view reading as an indulgent pleasure that improves our lives. Now, we have the ability to purchase any book imaginable for less than ten bucks on Amazon- that’s some seriously inexpensive entertainment 🙂 However, in the rare circumstance I view it differently, I just remember its importance. Tremendous Jones, a business leader famous in the sixties is accredited with a quote I love: You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I want to grow and not remain stagnant, so…I read. The greatest benefit I’ve gained from ALL the books I’ve read is my broader perspective on humanity. Surprisingly, we are all more alike than I could’ve ever known.

Favorite Audiobooks

Below you will find my favorite audiobooks. These are not affiliate links.

 

Audiobooks are especially great on long road trips, when flying, when running errands in the car and when doing mundane house chores.

I’ve completed a surprising number of books (often listening at 1.5 or double speed) just carting my kids around town and back and forth to work.

After typing the list, I noticed that I prefer to read, highlight and hold more educational self help type books. And, I prefer listening to the author narrate books 🙂 It feels even more personal to hear the book in their voice.

You can learn other ways I am squeezing in time for reading Here.

Enjoy!