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5 Ways To Read More Books In 2023

Today I’m sharing some ways you can read more books this year.

These are all tips that I implement as a mum of three, elder’s wife, freelance teacher, and author. My life is busy, yet I make reading happen. I work it into my schedule. I set goals.

So here are:

5 Ways To Read More Books In 2023

1. Set a goal

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Set goals. Photo credit: Markus Winkler on Unsplash

The first step to reading more books is to actually set a reading goal. It doesn’t matter if you start with five books a year, or forty. Just start where you are, look at your life realistically and make a goal.

My goal in 2021 was 40 books. I read 41. (Just for good measure 😀 )

This year my goal is also 40 books and at the moment (February, 14) I’m on eight finished books (three in progress).

Ok, so I aim to read a lot because it’s part of my work as an author. But I’d like to encourage you also to set a goal and stick to it.

2. Create a schedule and routine

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Tea and book after lunch routine. Photo credit: Thought Catalog on Unsplash.

Create a reading schedule, for instance, twenty minutes in the morning, from 7 to 7.20, and twenty minutes in the evening, from 10.20 to 10.40. Then stick to it! Make it a habit.

Another thing you can do is create a routine of reading for fifteen minutes after lunch every day while you have a cup of tea or coffee.

What I do is that I read for about 20/30 minutes in the morning and then I read for another 20 minutes before bed. Then at the weekend, I try to read for at least an hour on Saturday or Sunday.

Creating a routine is key to reading more, but don’t stop there. Make the most of little pockets of time to read.

3. Make the most of time pockets

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Waiting for the train? Read a book. Photo credit: Eutah Mizushima on Unsplash

Waiting at the doctor? Whip out your paperback.

In line at the supermarket? Get out your ebook reader. Don’t have one? Get the Kindle app on your phone.

Use any five minute pockets of time to read. Choose a book instead of social media.

4. Choose different formats

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Choose different formats: audiobook, paperback, hardcover, ebook. Photo credit: Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Don’t stick with what you know, but expand your book reading horizons.

Buy and read ebooks for cheaper prices, listen to audio versions when you’re cleaning, and use paperbacks to take notes.

5. Use libraries

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Get a library card! Photo credit: Giammarco Boscaro on Unsplash.

If you have a high book reading goal, it’s not always feasible to buy all your books (but definitely buy some to support authors like myself!). So, make the most of libraries.

Go to your local library to get paperbacks, and use digital library subscription services to read ebooks (for instance, Kindle Unlimited, Kobo Plus, and Scribd).

In fact, all of my books are on Kindle Unlimited for this very reason.


There are several steps we can take to help us read more this year: set goals, create schedules and routines, choose different formats, use time pockets wisely, and use libraries. If you want to read more books, plan for it!

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