Friday, January 10, 2014

Read More in 2014

  1. Plan now - resolve to read more this year
  2. Set a goal - a number gives you something to measure success. (Later I'll suggest a few goals & share my own goal for this year)
  3. Keep track. Join Goodreads. Or buy a notebook just for recording all the book titles you finish this year. You can write your favorite quotes in there too and then you have a Commonplace Book. Or do both, which is what I do. (See below for notebooks that would make great Commonplace books)
  4. Make reading a priority - no TV, no computer, no phone, NO SCREENS until you've read a set amount, either a certain time (like 15 minutes) or a specific quantity (like 10 pages).
  5. Include your kids. If Reading Time is part of the routine, they'll acclimate. Eventually they'll miss it when it gets cancelled once too often.
  6. Always carry your Kindle or a paperback with you. There are many lost minutes in a day - fill them with a good story or book.
  7. Turn off the TV. (I know, I'm repeating myself already.) No Netflix.Put Amazon Prime in its place. These can be huge timewasters. One reason I read a relative lot of books is because I don't watch many shows or movies.
  8. Keep a stack of books at the ready. You don't want to run out one night and be unable to get to the library right away. Don't let this happen to you. Be prepared with a book stack!
  9. Variation can be key. If you've already read 15 sweet Amish romances this year (WHY?), maybe it's time for some non-fiction. If you've only been reading autobiographies of famous Americans, maybe a British mystery will cleanse your reading palate.
  10. Don't give up. OK, yesterday was busy, you fell into bed and you only checked Facebook and read the junk mail flyers that came in the mail. You might have read the label on the milk carton but then your toddler spilled it. Tomorrow is another day. 
  11. Don't say negative things about your reading life like, "I don't have time," "I'm behind with my reading list," or "I'm not a Reader."
You are a Reader and 2014 is your year.

Here are a few ideas, of varying difficulty, for your 2014 Reading Plan:
  • plan to read 2 more books than you did last year
  • plan to read 12 books - 1 a month
  • plan to read 24 books - one fiction and one nonfiction each month
  • plan to read 52 books - one a week
  • plan to read 5 classics you've never read before
  • plan to read all of an author you love (may I suggest Austen or Gaskell?)
  • plan to follow a recommended reading list
  • plan to join a reading challenge. For 2014, I suggest these two: 1. Reading to Know Classic Book Club 2014 or 2. Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge 2014.
My personal goal for 2014: to finish 110 books. This is slightly more than two a week, but much lower than my goal last year (150). I anticipate a busy year this year and I don't want to set myself up for failure. See? The goal should work for you, not the other way around.
    And, just in case you're interested, here are a few notebooks that I think would make good Commonplace books (affiliate links):

    So, what will your goal be this year?
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