I've got a set of methods. They're constantly changing, nothing is nailed down or written in stone. When I look at where I started, I'm happy to see things have come a long way. My hope is that method posts like these offer you encouragement in the processes you've started or are interested in. Take them, adapt them, and celebrate the progress as it happens along the way!
I don't like reading, I never have. I learned this about myself in middle school when my friends would lay around and read chapter books for fun and I would rather do chores. I have gone through spurts and enjoyed summer book reading programs. I managed to graduate school, and yoga teacher training with completed readings and still, I have yet to discover a deep love for reading. I love learning, which is different than reading. So I've developed a set of methods for getting myself to devour a good book. If you are a book-babe with a library of classics, this might have some nuggets for you. If you would rather wash the dishes and clean than read... well welcome (I'm impressed you are reading a blog!)
Feed your interests.
I love books about health and wellness (yoga, essential oils, hormone support), romance (Like Jill Mansell books) and suspense/mystery (Gone Girl, Girl on a Train, Big Little Lies). So when I am looking for something to keep me engaged, I start there. Here is my current book list.
Use your tools.
A kindle, a paper back, a phone, get your book however you can. I like to buy books if I know I am going to read it more than once. Otherwise I use our Kindle Paperwhite. I download books from Amazon and the library using the Overdrive app. I LOVE Overdrive. It's super handy and works with your library card to "check out" books digitally! I push them over to Amazon and download them on my Kindle. So easy!
Set a timer.
When I have a book that takes something to read and it's something I can binge-read, I do what I learned when I played violin: set a timer. I read for 20 minutes. This helps me digest what I've read and keeps me going when I feel like quitting.
Find a Friend.
I love discussing what I am reading with people, so finding a friend who is interested in reading the same book as me, keeps me motivated to finish the book once I've started.
When in doubt, audiobook.
Overdrive not only has books for reading, it also has books for listening! When I clean, cook, walk, or drive, I love a good audiobook. It helps me stay in the flow of stories and helps me from watching TV when I am looking for something to listen to.
IF YOU ARE STILL IN DOUBT, READ KIDS BOOKS.
I grew up with a mom who read me Harry Potter. She had my biological dad write Spanish translations into our kids books. She collected readings that I believe shaped my thinking. When I read these books now, I am blown away by the profound thinking and beauty in the stories. I've started building my collection of favorite children's books, in anticipation for the day when my friends kids are ready to listen to them. If you really want to read, but don't want to commit to something long, a kids book is the way to go!