Recommendations to Improve Your Reading Life

Recommendations to Improve Your Reading Life.

SofareadingThis was one of those links to a special article about improving one’s reading life found in my “Publishers Weekly” email yesterday. In it Brenna C.Gray gives some short, practical advice on making our reading better (posted Jan.30, 2015).

Here’s her opening paragraphs:

Being a reader is a life-long project, and we all want to do it well. Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the parts of a reader’s life that feel insurmountable — the TBR list you’ll never complete; the library hold list you’ll never catch up on; all the amazing books you’ll never hear about, let alone find and own!

But there are little ways we can enrich our reading lives every day: small changes we can make or ideas we can try to change up our reading patterns and find new books to love. Here are forty places to start.

And here are her first ten suggestions:

1. Wake up 15 minutes earlier than usual and use that time to read a poem.

2. Visit your library — especially if it’s been awhile — and ask a librarian for a recommendation.

3. Let go of one reading prejudice and never think about it again.

4. Read one book in a genre you think you despise.

5. Ask someone you respect for a book suggestion, and read it right away.

6. Give away the book that’s been on your TBR pile the longest.

7. Volunteer for an organization that promotes literacy.

8. Read a book that looks like it will make you feel uncomfortable.

9. Commit to a reading challenge.

10. Cull ten books from your collection and donate them without bringing any new books home.

For the other 30 tips, visit the link above. Obviously, some are better than others, and others could be revised to reflect the reading practices of a Christian., but you may still benefit immensely from this list.

The hard part if always doing it. We are only one month into 2015. How can you improve your reading life starting today?

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