Introverts 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.
- Turn off the television. Put your phone on airplane mode. Walk away from your computer. Your email and tweets can wait for you.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When you finish a book, start another one right away. The habit of reading grows on you, building momentum with each book read.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.