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I’m so happy today – my dissertation is finished!!! This is the final assignment of my whole degree and tomorrow I’m going to hand it in. Do you know what this means? I can devote ALL of my time to reading and blogging!

My issue now is that, because I’ve been so busy for months and I’ve barely had time to read anything, I need to get back into the habit of picking up a book when I have some free time. My TBR list is HUGE so I need to start getting through it. In this post I thought I’d write a list of how to read more, to help myself and you!

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read in bed

Read before bed. Even if you only read for ten minutes before you feel tired, it’s better than nothing. Or, make sure you go to bed a bit earlier so you can make time to read.

bored

Bored? Pick up a book! Instead of turning on the TV or sitting around wondering what to do, read a book. This might keep you entertained for hours! An important thing to note here is motivation – sometimes turning on the TV or watching a film seems like the favourable option because it’s so easy to do. But try and stay motivated; once you’ve read the first couple of pages I bet you’ll be hooked.

transport

Read while travelling. A long train journey is a great time to read (I have a four-hour journey today so my book will be my saviour), or even just reading a few pages on a bus journey helps to pass the time. This is where a Kindle or e-reader can come in useful. It’s so much easier to pop an e-reader in your bag or your pocket than lug a book around. (Keep an eye out for an e-reader/physical book comparison post coming soon!)

holiday

Take a couple of books on holiday. Holidays are a great time to read, especially if you’re in a place where you can lie by the pool or on the beach. I find that reading on the beach is so relaxing and I can do it for ages. Again, if you’re going abroad and you have limited packing space, consider taking an e-reader with you instead of physical books – or you could always try and squeeze some physical books in!

keep a book with you

Always carry a book/e-reader with you. Sometimes you may find that you have a few minutes with nothing to do; a break at work, time while you wait for transport, or whatever it may be. Keeping a book or an e-reader with you means that if you have an unexpected break, you can grab your book and read a few pages.

audiobook

Listen to audiobooks. Some people don’t class listening to audiobooks as reading, but why shouldn’t it be? You still consume a book even if it isn’t by physically reading it! Listening to an audiobook is a handy way to “read” at times when you can’t get out a physical book – for example, while you’re on the go, gardening or cooking. Sometimes it’s nice to listen to a story rather than listening to music.

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I hope this helps someone – I definitely try to stick to these myself and recently I’ve found myself reading a lot more than I used to. Let me know if you have any other ideas in the comments!

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