If you have been following me on social media, you know that I read 101 books in a year for my Goodreads Challenge.
And if I'm going to be honest with you, I read more that I did not record. Yes, that means that on average, I read one to two books a week.
A lot of you asked how did I do it? How do I 1. have time and 2. read that much? LOL
Here it is in a few words: I make it a priority.
But in more practical terms, here is what I did( and have done for years) to read 100 books in a year.
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How I Read 100 Books in a Year
Make time for it.
I wake up at the crack of dawn ( 4 am) almost every morning. Part of my morning routine is to read. I read for 30-60 minutes every morning BEFORE I get started on my day. ( how long depends on what I have to do that morning) In that time, I can usually get in 1-5 chapters depending on the book or subject matter. But every day, that's a must. I don't even look at work-related stuff until I have read.
Read different kinds of books:
I have about 5 books rotating at all times. Yes, I read more than one book at a time. Currently, I am reading a romance, a YA Fantasy book, A self-help, a collection of short stories and a regular fiction. If I slow down or get bored with one, I move to the other. So I always have SOMETHING to read. Having options keep you reading.
I use Audible.
I hated the idea of Audible at first, just like I hated the idea of reading books on my Kindle. But having an audible membership has really helped me “read” more books. I listen in the car, when I clean , while taking a bath, and while working out. I tend to use audible for self-help books the most, but it's another way for me to get a book in.
My library Card is my Best Friend.
BOOKS ARE EXPENSIVE. Now I own a TON of books. But I also use my FREE library card. I always have books on hold or books coming in. It's FREE. And if I don't like the book I don't feel like I've wasted my money on the book!
SO that's how I read 100 books in a year( this year).
I'm trying to decide if I want to do the same next year or break it down to 50. Or a type of books etc.
In the meantime, I thought I'd share my top 10 from this year.
Top 10 Books I read in 2019
That's it! These 10 books all held my attention the most this year, even if I was mad while reading it ( looking at you Queenie!)
I already have a working list of books I want to read for next year and I think I'll do 100 books again! ( or maybe 50 non-fiction books…we'll see)
How many books did you read this year? What was your favorite?