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Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 10:09 pm
How To Finish Reading A Book

Dear Blogger,

I seriously can't remember a time in my 30s that I actually finished reading a book. It's funny because when I was much, much younger, I was considered by people who knew me as a bookworm. I always had a book with me; anywhere and everywhere.

I guess my reading appetite lessened with the popularity of smartphones and tablets. It wasn't that I stopped reading altogether. It was just that I moved on to reading from a different format. A format that was concise and didn't take up too much of my time.

It's ironic isn't it? Reading a book is supposed to feel pleasurable. But I haven't had much pleasure in reading a book. Not sure if it was because I haven't found a really good book to actually want to finish, or that reading isn't really a priority in my busy life.

I've been telling myself repeatedly over the years that I would like to read more and finish a decent number of books for the year. As you can see, those aren't really good goals. They're not SMART - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. So for this year, I would like to finish reading 1 book a month, and that makes 12 books a year. That's a decent number right?

But how do I go about doing that??? It's always easier said than done. That's why I've compiled a list of strategies that I've Googled.

How to finish reading a book:

  1. Find a book that captures your attention (duh!).

  2. Read the synopsis and first paragraph of the book to ensure that it's the book you want to read.

  3. Schedule a reading time at home - I usually schedule it as my downtime prior to sleeping.

  4. Carry the book everywhere you go, so you can easily whip it out while waiting e.g. in the train, at bus stops, at the clinic.

  5. Remove technological distractions i.e. smartphones and tablets. (Tough one I admit!)

  6. Reward yourself when you have finished reading a book.



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