Steph is an avid reader, particular of fiction, including crime and chick-lit. She loves holidays as this gives her the time to read more.
I am guilty of using the excuse "I just haven't had time to read recently", but I've found that if I really want to read, there is nothing that can stop me.
Here are a few hints on how to find time to read just a little every day.
You may not have the space to carry around a book in your bag all the time, but I bet you will never be without your phone.
If you have an iPhone, you probably have the iBooks app installed, allowing you to have books downloaded onto your phone and available to read at any time.
Whether you have an iOS, Android or Microsoft phone, you have the option of downloading Amazon's Kindle app.
Having one of these reading app's on your phone allows you to whip out your phone at any spare moment and indulge in a book. Forget your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram app—fuel your brain instead!
Read whilst waiting for the train or the bus or during your lunch break at work.
Don't think you've got the money to buy books on one of these apps? Amazon have hundreds of free Kindle books to download! There's no excuse.
Have a Fiction and a Non-Fiction Book Available
Reading just a paragraph at a time of a fiction book makes it very hard to follow. I find this isn't the case with a non-fiction book.
If I know I only have 3 minutes to read something, I always pick up the non-fiction book. If I have 15–20 minutes or maybe even more, I will settle into a good bit of fiction.
Having both a fiction and a non-fiction book on the go at the same time also allows me to separate them in my head, so I don't mix up the plot or the facts I'm reading about.
Set Yourself a Challenge
Setting a challenge can really motivate some people. Especially those who are competitive—like me.
Set yourself a challenge to read a set amount of pages each day, a number of books each month or a total number of books over a year.
I find the best way to set myself a reading challenge and to keep track of it is to log into my Goodreads account and set a yearly challenge. This years' challenge was to read 30 books. As I'm falling short of this at the moment, I will start cramming in more reading at every available opportunity to meet my target. Can't have my friends achieving their targets whilst I fail at mine!
Designate a Reading Time
Maybe you have a morning or a bedtime routine, or you have a little spare time at lunch or after dinner. Make it a habit to read during this time.
Even if it's just a short amount of time, it's amazing how this time builds up and you've read an entire book. You'll soon start to value this time and protect it from anyone who tries to take it away from you.
Try to get away somewhere quiet where you can't be interrupted. Some people even read in the bath as this is the one place they know they will have no distractions.
Okay, so this isn't strictly reading, as you are not seeing the words on a page or a screen. But if your only free time is the time when you're driving to and from work, audiobooks may be the answer.
You can keep up-to-date with the current bestsellers by having someone read the books aloud to you.
Make sure that by listening to the audiobook, it doesn't distract you from driving or cooking, or whatever else you do whilst listening. However, this can be a valuable use of your time.
Amazon have an audiobook service called Audible that provides you with your first book for free. Try it to see if it could be an option for you.
Consider Trying Different Books
However short your spare time is, if you really want to read, there are ways to achieve this.
If you find yourself getting distracted whilst reading, maybe the book is just not gripping you and you need to pick up a different book. It's always helpful to have a list of books you'd like to read, or even better, a pile of books you want to read. This way, you'll never be stuck!
Try some of the options above and let me know if they worked for you. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!
© 2016 Stephanie Elford
Stephanie Elford (author) from Manchester, UK on October 31, 2016:
I also love a real book, but when you've finished your book and you're on holiday or delayed in an airport your phone can be a lifesaver!
RTalloni on October 31, 2016:
This is a great topic to highlight in a hub. Though I'm a hold-it-in-my-hands book lover you've encouraged me to take advantage of the option to access books on my phone.