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.

Traci Rhoades

Traci Rhoades is a writer and Bible teacher. She lives in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area with her family and an ever-changing number of pets. Connect with her online at or @tracesoffaith on twitter. She is the author of "Not All Who Wander (Spiritually) Are Lost."