Introverts Read. A Lot.

booksIntroverts love to read.  I sometimes think it’s the primary way we interact with the world.  Ask an introvert about the perfect way to spend a day off, and curled up in a comfy reading nook with a stack of books and an endless flow of hot tea or coffee would probably rank on the top ten list.  Or in a quiet bookstore, in an overstuffed arm chair with a pile of books.  Or in the bathroom, with a pile of books.  Or in bed with… you guessed it, a pile of books.  Or in my case, an e-reader.  I have a lot more bookcase and floor space since I bought my first Kindle five years ago.

Here are my top 10 tips for getting through your TBR (To Be Read) stack.

  1. Turn off the television.  Put your phone on airplane mode.  Walk away from your computer.  Your email and tweets can wait for you.
  2. Schedule a time to read everyday.  Give yourself thirty minutes a day that is just yours.  Put it on your calendar if you have to, but make it a ritual in your house.  If you can, create a special place to read where you can have quiet and good lighting.
  3. Always have a book with you.  I like reading on my smart phone because it’s so easy to focus on the text when I’m standing in line or waiting.  If you prefer print books, look for something that you can carry with you easily.
  4. Read only what you like.  This is your time, so enjoy it.  I read serious works of non-fiction, but I also have my cozy mysteries that are my secret pleasure.
  5. For new books or authors, use the 10 or 50 page rule.  If the book doesn’t keep your interest for that long, get rid of it. Your time is valuable, so don’t waste it, no matter how much your friend, significant other or mentor recommends it.  If it isn’t right for you, let it go.
  6. Read more than one book at a time.  You will be in the mood for different types of writing on different days.  Indulge that.  It keeps you engaged.
  7. When you finish a book, start another one right away.  The habit of reading grows on you, building momentum with each book read.
  8. Use audio books when you can.  No one says you can only use your eyes to get through a book.  Audio versions can be great fun, especially if you are exploring a book as a family.  Cee and I have been listening to “One Summer: America, 1927″ by Bill Bryson.  Cee does artwork and I’ll weave or crochet.  We’ll stop the recording to discuss it when we hear something interesting. 
  9. Re-read your favorite books.  Sometimes that is the only thing that soothes you.  While that might not seem like a good way to get through your pile, sometimes drumming up a little enthusiasm by spending time with an old friend gets you going again.
  10. Always have a TBR pile.  I download a lot of sample books from Amazon, and go through those when I can.  I’ll buy the ones that I know I want to read.  I’m constantly running across interesting titles and that is my way of keeping track of where my interests are taking me.   If something isn’t available as an e-book I will order it in through the library.  If an e-book doesn’t have a good enough sample, I’ll order it through the library or just cross it off my list.  I have too many interests to fool around with publishers who only give me the table of contents.

Here’s another tip I received.  I don’t know if it will work for you, but it’s worth trying:  Ask your family members to do more housework so that you may relax for a half hour each day to read.  We aren’t very good at asking for things for ourselves, so give it a try.

What’s your favorite time and place to read?  Hit the comments and share.

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

21 thoughts on “Introverts Read. A Lot.

  1. I read everywhere and anywhere. While I prefer paper versions, i carry an iPad with a Kindle app so many a book is just a tap away. This is not counting the several magazines I have on the device.


  2. I do need to turn off the TV. Got rid of cable for 2 weeks and it drove me crazy. Well, something like that. I do need to get to my abandoned, unread books. It’s ALL I used to do to fill my time once upon a time.

    • One thing that I’ve found with watching too much TV (which we are guilty of in our household) is that my attention span has decreased. I don’t seem to be able to focus on things for as long a period of time as I used to. Reading is almost like a meditation. It keeps me focused on one story and I slow down to enjoy it.

  3. I’m an introvert that doesn’t read books. I just don’t have enough patience to read them. And lazy 😀 If I read a book, it’s usually non-fiction. I prefer print versions.Reading on a computer screen hurts my eyes. If I had to choose between a book and TV. The latter wins everytime.

    • And that is another post I need to write. I have another theory that introverts who don’t like to read are highly visual people who prefer photography and other visual arts to the printed word. You’re like Cee, another person who learns by looking and watching images. I’m going to be doing some blogs about looking at the world differently. I hope you’ll enjoy those.

  4. I love my journey to work because of my Kindle. While everyone else gets irritated by the crowds and the hustle of the journey, I stick my nose into my Kindle and become oblivious! It starts my day off well…

    • In some ways I miss my original Kindle. I had the second version that came out. It’s still the best thing for ready outside. But I switched to my iPad, and that works for me.

    • I didn’t know they made waterproof covers for Kindles. It makes sense, though, considering how many of us read in the bath. I always used to do it. There are a lot of great free books on Amazon, and lots of discounted books, too.

  5. Great tip about getting the Amazon samples, it hasn’t occurred to me that i could have s taste of the book before committing.

    I use the Amazon wish list to keep track of some of my TBR list. It lets you know when there is a price change, which can be quite useful.

  6. You have described my perfect day: curled up with a pile of good books, wherever that may be. In fact, when I picture what heaven might be like — what MY heaven will be like — it’s in a home library with lots of bookshelves, a comfy chair and a window. I find heaven on earth as much as possible. 🙂

  7. Ah – this is a great list! It is my goal to read more this year, so I will certainly be trying to apply some of these tips! As for my favourite place to read: my living room couch, under a nice blanket. Happens more rarely than I’d like, but when it does? Bliss!

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