New Year's Resolutions: Read more

Did you binge-watch your way through 2017? Do you want to watch less TV and give your brain a workout this year? Make 2018 the year you resolve to read more.

Reading, like so many other things, takes practice. If you're not used to regular reading, it can be a difficult habit to get into. But, like exercise, the more you read the easier it becomes, and the harder you push yourself the better you get.  

So, if your New Year's resolution is to read more, we have some handy tips to keep you turning those pages.  

Identify your interests

The easiest way to read more is to find books that interest you. What are you already interested in? What do you want to find out more about? These are great places to get started. Vist the team at QBD and ask for some recommendations. 

Make time

Reading is time-consuming, so if you want to read more you have to make the time. Go to bed a bit earlier and read for 20 minutes before you go to sleep. Use your public transport time to read. Substitute screen time for book time. How much time do you spend on Facebook or online shopping every day? Try reading instead.

Find a community

Reading doesn't have to be a solitary endeavour. Getting involved with a reading community can be a great way to find perfectly suited recommendations, to keep you motivated, and to get the most out of the books you read. Join a book club or a reading group – there's plenty around and you're sure to be able to find one suited to your tastes. And don't forget to check out online. The 'bookstagrammer' community on Instagram is an epic source of inspiration and recommendations. But... 

Be careful with recommendations

Remember, just because Oprah recommends it, doesn't mean you'll get into it. Just because a book is a 'classic', that doesn't guarantee a great read. Take recommendations with a grain of salt. Unless you trust that person's tastes, it's always good to do a little research on your own before committing.

Set reading goals and track your reading

Stay motivated by setting yourself reading goals for the year and tracking your progress. Twenty or 30 books in a year is good (for a newbie); a book a week gets you some cred; 70 and up and you're a hardcore bibliophile! Goodreads is a great app for tracking your reading, posting reviews and ratings, and discovering new reads. 

Consider (just consider) going digital

If you're pressed for shelf space or don't have the upper body strength for Tolstoy on the train, then consider investing in an e-reader. Visit JB Hi-Fi to explore the latest range of e-readers and tablets. 

There's no better place to start than your local bookstore. Visit the team at QBD for some great recommendations and get reading!