I crunched the numbers, I did the math and the simple truth is that I will likely only read another 2675 books in my lifetime.
Seems like a lot, doesn’t it?
But, there are an estimated 130 million books that have been published in the world. With many more published every year. So, even taking into account the books I have already read, I will only ever read a tiny fraction of the world’s literature.
Did you just glance at your tbr and feel a little disheartened? Sigh. Me too.
From here we could sink into despair. Close our current read and never open another book again. What, after all, is the point? We’ll never get through them all, there will always be millions of books that we’ll never read.
Or, we could devise some crafty and clever tactics to beat the odds!
I’m going with the latter and if you’re with me, I’ve compiled a list of surefire strategies* that will help you to read more books.
*I offer no guarantees that these strategies are surefire or even safe!
1. BUILD A TBR PILE!
“I like best to have one book in my hand, and a stack of others on the floor beside me, so as to know the supply of poppy and mandragora will not run out before the small hours.” Dorothy Parker
As the inimitable Dorothy Parker says, having a stack of bright and beautiful books sitting on your bedside table, stacked around your living room, piled by the front door, is a wonderful way to ensure your next read is never far away.
A towering tbr pile that could be construed as intimidating, and is possibly structurally unsound, means that you’ll never be caught short without a book. That extra pressure that feeling as if you’re drowning in unread books is, I’m confident, sure to spur you on.
2. EXPAND YOUR READING HORIZONS
As a general rule, water and paper don’t mix. Book in bath is an exception, but have you considered book while reading the dishes?
All you need is a suitably sturdy window sill, a bulldog clip and a sink full of dishes and you’re good to go. Just think about how many hours a week you spend with your hands shoved into that greasy, soapy water and imagine how much better that experience would be if you could read a book with your hands shoved into that greasy, soapy water!
3. ALWAYS BE PACKING
This seems like a no-brainer, but how many times have you found yourself waiting, standing, sitting, just killing time with no book at hand? What about all those moments wasted at the traffic lights or while you wait for your caramel mocha double shot iced latte? Could have got a quick couple of pages in.
So, next time you’re rushing out the door, stop and grab a book, or two, from that towering tbr pile you’ve stacked up by the front door and never find yourself waiting for the lights to change with nothing to do again.
4. GET MULTITASKING LIKE THE MILLENNIAL YOU ARE
On average, we sleep about eight hours a night, right? Wasted reading time, if you ask me. Of course, sleep is apparently also somewhat useful. But, what about if you could sleep and read at the same time?
Enter: audio books.
There is evidence to suggest that even when we sleep we are still processing the sounds and smells around us, so why not process an audio book?
5. GET LEAN, REAL LEAN
If all else fails…read shorter books!
Seems obvious, doesn’t it? Less 900 page behemoths, more 150 page novellas please and watch that books read number skyrocket!