Faith Journal

25 Ways to Read More In Your Everyday Life

25 Ways to Read More In Your Everyday Life
Written by Traci Rhoades

People ask me all the time, how do you read so many books? The answer, I read all the time. When there’s a minute of down time, that’s when I read a page or two. Here are 25 tips to help you read more.

1) Start your day reading one poem out of a book of poetry.

2) Try new-to-you genres. Maybe you’re reading the wrong thing.

3) Read a BIG variety of books.


4) Reading your Bible is a spiritual discipline – find the best time of day for you to read Scripture.

5) Try a Bible reading plan.

6) Find a group – online or among your friends – to read the Bible with you.

7) Save lists of books shared in blog posts or on Facebook. People don’t recommend books they don’t like.

8) Whether it’s a print book or your e-reader, carry it with you at all times.

9) Read in line at the post office, grocery store, airport, school pick up, etc.

10) Spend your lunch hour reading a chapter or two.

11) Listen to audio books on your daily commute.

12) When your young one is watching a cartoon, sit beside them, and read a book.

13) Turn the TV off.

14) Put your phone down.

15) Get a few pages read while you prepare dinner.

16) If there’s a topic you want to learn more about, find an illustrated kids’ book that covers it.

17) Read aloud with your kids.

18) Get a devotional book or even a chapter book on marriage, and read it with your spouse.

19) Go to bed ten minutes early so you can relax with a page or two in your book before lights out.

20) Look for anthology books (collection of short pieces) and read one article at a time right before bedtime.

21) Consider finding an essayist so you can read books one article at a time.

22) Start a book club with one or two of your friends.

23) Research books about your hobby. (ie. I enjoy cooking, and enjoy story-telling cookbooks).

24) Schedule visits to the library in your calendar.

25) Look for books that are releasing as movies, and set a goal to read the book before you watch the film.

About the author

Traci Rhoades

My name is Traci. I live in southwest Michigan, somewhere in a triangular section connecting Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids with all things Lake Michigan. My husband and I parent one daughter. We have dogs, cats, ducks, pigs and chickens. Their number is always changing, as farm animal counts tend to do. I enjoy watching sports, reading, cooking and all things Bible study. I am a writer. When I first started blogging, I wondered about what unique voice I could bring. I’ve landed on this one line: A country girl goes to church.