An Easy Way to Read More Books Next Year

Tips on finding the books and the time to read them.

Do you like walking through used bookstores? I could do it for hours. Reading offers an author’s best thinking on a subject, but it comes at a price more than the book. I’m talking about time.

An Easy Way to Read More Books Next Year

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For many years, December showed up and I realized I had read very few books that year. The past few years, I’ve set a personal goal to read 50 books by December 31. It was a crazy goal because I had “no time.” With a busy family, a full-time (plus) job, a demanding blogging and writing schedule, and lots of home projects on my plate, I held the goal loosely—but pursued it eagerly. Well, I completed the goal. (If you’re interested, I’ve listed the 55 books at the end of this post.)

But more importantly, I want to show you the strategy I used in hopes you can read more books next year.

I would also love for you to tell me how you read books and what books you enjoyed this year.

4 Ways to Find Time to Read More Books

I have discovered that we have a lot of time “in the cracks” of life in which we have time to read more books. Here are a few ways I make it happen:

  1. Redeem the time—I give some practical tips on finding time in my post called 8 Ways You Can Start Redeeming the Time.
  2. Always carry a book with you—I always have an e-book I’m reading on my iPad Pro so that if I’m standing in line, waiting for someone to show up, waiting in a doctor’s office, or eating lunch alone, I’m never staring at the ceiling or stuck reading some magazine. I read more books this way.
  3. Read with your ears—An excellent way to read more books is to listen to them in the car, while exercising, or while doing yard work. You can download a FREE audiobook at Audible.
  4. Read faster—A couple of years ago I read a great book called How to Read Better and Faster. It really helped me read more—better and faster. It takes practice, but hey, what skill doesn’t? You’ll be reading all your life.
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4 Ways to Find Books to Read (Free)

Solomon nailed it when he wrote:

Excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. —Ecclesiastes 12:12

With millions of volumes to pick from, where can you begin? And how can you keep books from being a major part of your budget? Often, we read books that come our way via impulse purchases or the recommendations of friends. That’s great, but those books usually cost (and often, they’re worth it).

I have discovered 4 FREE ways to read more books.

  • Amazon Kindle Books—Check out Amazon’s Top 100 Free Christian Inspirational E-books. You’ll need a Kindle or a free Kindle reader for your iPad or computer. If there’s another genre you’re interested in, just follow these instructions.
  • Book Review Programs—I have used two book review programs—from Booksneeze and Baker Books Bloggers—that allow bloggers to read more books or e-books in exchange for an honest review. I have found that writing reviews often helps me process the book’s content anyway. You can see my book reviews here. I also post quotes I like from many of these books.
  • Your Local Library—Obvious, I guess, but I had to mention it. Most libraries now even lend e-books and audiobooks.
  • Your Nightstand—You could also start with that stack of books on your nightstand. They’re totally free.

4 Ways to Find Books to Read

The 55 Books I Read This Year

Here are the 55 books I read this year—listed in no particular order.

Question: What books have you enjoyed this year? To leave a comment, just click here.

  1. Holy Bible
  2. In the Name of Jesus
  3. The Entitlement Cure
  4. God is with You Every Day
  5. Will it Fly?
  6. Living Forward
  7. In the Masters Steps
  8. Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little
  9. The Shell Game
  10. Elon Musk
  11. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
  12. The Hiding Place
  13. Humility
  14. All of Grace
  15. How Can I Find A Literary Agent?
  16. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
  17. Sir Gibbie
  18. Great Leads
  19. The Gift of Fear
  20. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  21. Rework
  22. Keep It Pithy
  23. Worth Living
  24. Resolved: 10 Ways to Stand Strong and Live What You Believe
  25. The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain
  26. Rescuing the Gospel
  27. The Personal Efficiency Program
  28. The Barefoot Executive
  29. On Writing
  30. The Daniel Prayer
  31. When Breath Becomes Air
  32. Thinking Fast and Slow
  33. Becoming a Writer
  34. Being Mortal
  35. Talk Like TED
  36. Made to Stick
  37. The First 20 Minutes
  38. Book Yourself Solid
  39. The ReWired Brain
  40. A Different Kind of Happiness
  41. Virtual Assistant Solution
  42. The $100 Startup
  43. Originals
  44. America at the Crossroads
  45. What Is Reformed Theology?
  46. It’s Not Too Late
  47. Wilderness Wanderings
  48. Summary of Remote: Office Not Required
  49. The Quick and the Dead
  50. Summary of Deep Work
  51. Accidental Genius
  52. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  53. The Final Days of Jesus
  54. The Temple and the Tabernacle
  55. The Person Called You

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  • Deb Bear

    Good job on the fifty five books!! I’ve read Sir Gibbie ,the Bible, Gods smuggler, Ted Dekkers – A.D. 30, A.D.33.. I love audio books while I hand quilt very relaxing! 0h ,and half way though Going Places with God. 😊

    • So glad, Deb, you’re reading Going Places with God! I pray it’s a blessing to you. Thanks.

  • Alisicia A. Mayo Curry

    Hello,

    This year I have read Psalms 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth, Water in the Wilderness by T.D. Jakes and Women of the Bible. My book choices are often sporadic and I often select books that are NOT too time consuming, as many lengthy novels (150 pages or more).

    • That’s great, Alisicia. To me, the goal is not speed but direction. Reading is such a great way to learn. God bless.