skip to Main Content
How To Read Many Books

How to read many books

I enjoy reading, and I read a lot. As a child, you could always find me tucked away in a corner of the garden, reading a book. As I went to university, I experienced “letter fatigue”, and only picked up reading again during my PhD years.

Since 2012, I’ve been logging my reading in Goodreads. In 2020, I read 67 books, and in 2019, 65. It’s fair to say that I average more than a book per week.

So, how do I get to reading so much? Here’s what works for me:

  1. Have several books going at the same time: I always have multiple books going at the same time. I like to switch between books, instead of reading one book after the other one. Your mileage may vary, but I always have a print book, an audiobook, a fiction book, poetry, a nonfiction book, and a kindle book going at the same time.
  2. Use different formats. In line with what I discussed in the previous point, I like switching up my format. I like to alternate between fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Besides that, I like to switch between audiobooks and written format books. For the written format books, I like to switch between a print book, books on my ereader (Kobo), books on the Kindle app, and sometimes scanned library books.
  3. Always carry a book. If you take a book with you, you will always have your reading with you if you need to wait for a bit. If you have a reading app on your phone, or carry your ereader with you, it’s very easy to read while you wait somewhere.
  4. Actively plan what to read. I plan at least 12 of the books that I want to read in a year in advance, using the prompts of Modern Mrs Darcy. This practice makes my reading life more balanced, helps me put more thought in what I want to read, and generally helps me be a better reader.
  5. Read daily. If you want to be reading a lot, it should be a daily habit. Find a time during the day that works well for you, and make it a habit. I read in bed before falling asleep.

Share with your peers!
This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back To Top

Free Templates for your Research

Sign up here to get access to worksheets for your research that help you have more efficient meetings, reflect on your work, and plan your month. Suitable for anyone from Master’s thesis students to full professors!