the walking writer

Buying a Kindle a few years ago was one of the best purchases I’ve made in recent years. I was a big reader when I was a child, but as I aged, I stopped reading books that weren’t required for my high school or college classes. My excuses for abandoning my previous reading habits are weak, but that’s what happened. Everything changed when I picked up my Kindle and discovered my local library’s huge collection of ebooks.

Since then, I’ve read books at a pretty good pace. Unfortunately, this year I didn’t do as well. I can’t even bring myself to check my reading lists and total up how many books I read. I blame my lack of reading on an endless sea of distractions, including wasting time reading pointless stuff online. Now that I’ve recognized the problem, however, I think I can get back on track. Here is my master plan for reading more books:

1. Make a Habit of Reading at Least 15 Minutes a Day

Sometimes, the hardest part of getting back into a reading habit is just picking up the book (or Kindle) to begin with. Once I actually start reading a bit every single day, I think I’ll find it easier to keep up the habit. I started doing this two days ago, and so far it has worked.

Oh, reading stuff on Reddit definitely does not count for this.

2. Don’t Agonize Over Finding a Book to Read

This is something that I definitely struggled with this year. My library has so many ebooks available that it makes it hard to choose. Sometimes I felt like I spent more time reading about books than actually reading the books themselves. You can read reviews for hours on end, but sometimes you just have to take a chance and try a book. Sometimes picking a book at random may end with good results. I think it’s also important to maintain a policy of not finishing a book if it’s particularly bad. There’s no reason to spend hours on something that you hate.

3. Keep the Kindle Charged

All too often I would let my Kindle’s battery die, so when I actually did want to read something, I couldn’t. I could use the Kindle program on my computer, but I prefer the Kindle’s screen for reading books.

Since I’m not really a New Year’s resolutions person, I’m just going to adopt this plan now and hope for a month full of good books.

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