This year I made the goal to read a total of 250 books, and I made it to this goal sometime last week. I honestly wasn’t sure if I would make it, I had a lot going on this summer between my garden and my partners. There was at least two months were I was so far behind I didn’t think I was going to make my goal. And yet, here I am now.
This is actually my second year reading 250 books, and I think for next year I’m going to go for a slightly smaller goal. I don’t like stressing about my reading. But anyway, here are a few tips for you all if you’re thinking about challenging yourself to read more books in 2019.
1. Read before bed.
I’m sure a lot of you already do this, but I’ve found a good way to get in my reading for the day is to have my book handy after I’ve finished getting ready for bed. Even just 10 minutes before I sleep is helpful, and also I’ve found that it helps me relax.
2. Carry a book with you at all times.
You really never know when you’ll have a chance to read a few pages while waiting for someone to meet you for coffee. I try to carry a book with me all the time, but it’s funny the few times I don’t are always the times I wish I had.
3. Mix up genres.
I’ve fond that sometimes if I stick to reading in just one genre my overall reading goes down. After three high fantasy novels I find myself slogging through the fourth. So I try to mix things up as much as I can. A mystery book here, a gardening book there, and then a cute YA. This way I always remember why I love reading, because there’s so much out there and all I have to do is read it.
That’s all from me! How are you all doing on your reading challenges this year?