How To Be a Voracious Reader

@@Books are a curious mind's best friend.@@ If you're notoriously curious as I am, you won't be able to settle for one book only. Sometimes you'd like to stock up on several books on the same topic or pick up another book, while in the middle of one, to match your mood. If your To Read list is growing ten-folds by the day, you are not alone. Mine sure feels that way. I have loved books for as long as I can remember, my earliest memories included books in all their shapes, forms, and sizes. For years, I read one book at a time. I liked to savor them and re-read them until I have memorized all the nooks and crannies of the plot and the dialogue. There's nothing wrong with that and I still do it sometimes but I realized there are so many more books out there I have yet to read and explore and they are growing in number.

Since then, I have grown into a much more voracious reader. Sometimes even reading six books at a given time. Yep, I have evolved to become that kind of reader. It's not that I'm trying to race to meet a certain number of books by the end of each year or that I'm reading for the sake of reading, it's just that my notoriously curious mind needs to devour books in order to be satisfied.

Are you finding yourself in the same bind as I am? Do you feel that you need to up your reading game? If that's a resounding yes I hear then dear bookcat (I'm trying to get this term to take off instead of the bookworm) below are some tips for you. They're the things I have done throughout the years to be able to read as much as I have. And no, I do not have a Time Turner like Hermione Granger did. Although sometimes I wish I had.

01 // Redefine your definition of reading. Seriously this is the best you can do to be able to read a lot because you'll see that some of the items following this point will challenge the definitions of the word 'reading'.

02 // Be a quitter. This is easier said than done, especially if you are that reader who could only move on to the next book if you've turned the last page of the current one. But eventually, you'll realize that you don't want to waste time on a book that's no longer serving you. If it's not entertaining, funny, informative, and if it feels like you're dragging your feet in mud then just quit that book. The sooner you can get to a book you love and enjoy, the better.

03 // Listen to your books. If you've been shying away from audiobooks, you are missing out. There are times where you just won't want to read (a.k.a. moving your eyes across a page to read the text) and this is where audiobooks can come in. They're also pretty handy when you're getting ready in the morning or cleaning your house or exercising or walking along a park. Basically,if you're doing an activity that requires you to be moving around, an audiobook is a great companion to have.

04 // Embrace ebooks. Aside from the fact that they don't take space in your physical bookshelf, it allows you to have a book on hand almost all of the time, especially with tablets and smartphones now. That brings me to...

05 // Surround yourself with books. If you haven't practiced bringing a book with you all the time, then you should do this stat. Make a book part of your going-out staple, aside from your wallet, keys, and phone. And like I said earlier, if you like ebooks and audiobooks, you can pop them on your phone. By always having a book (ebook, audiobook) with you means you can spend that time waiting in the lunch queue reading instead of mindlessly checking Facebook. Make sure you also have books by your bedside table, at your desk, in the toilet, anywhere that offers you a place for an idle time. Of course, for these places, a compilation of short stories or a non-fiction book might be more suitable.

What are you reading right now? What book titles do you recommend I add to my list? Let me know in the comments!