How I read more books this past year


In 2016 I read 34 books. Between working full time and having a toddler, this was a huge number for me.

What helped me to read more this past year:

  1. Anne’s podcast What Should I Read Next? and blog Modern Mrs. Darcy

Thanks to this podcast and blog, I now have a long list of books I want to read! Before this podcast, I never knew what I wanted to read next and I didn’t want to waste my time on a book that I didn’t like. The podcast is a literary match matching. Each week the guest tells Anne three books they love, three books they hate and what they are currently reading now. I’ve gotten so many great book recommendations from Anne. This is definitely the number one reason why I read so many more books this year!

2. Putting books on hold at my public library

This past year is the first time I fully took advantage of the convenience of logging into my library online, placing books on hold, and stopping at the front desk to pick them up. So fast and easy. Our public library is right around the corner from us and the librarians are wonderful. A bonus is that my daughter Grace also loves going to the library!

3. Tracking my reading- Goodreads

This summer, I read quite a few books since I had the summer off from work. I was also in my first trimester of pregnancy so I was feeling tired most days. As I  found myself reading a lot of different books, I started tracking them on Goodreads. Once I started tracking them, I decided to set a goal- 34 books. It seemed like a realistic goal that I could reach if I just kept reading throughout the fall. It also happens to be my current age. Tracking my reading and having a goal helped me to end the year reading.

4. Having a book on hand

This goes back to placing books on hold at the library. If I have a good book with me, I am more likely to read when I have some spare time instead of wasting it on social media or something else mindless. I find pockets of time to read like when my husband is driving.

5. Being part of a reading community

I would love to be part of a book club but right in this season of life and with my schedule it hasn’t worked out. However, I am part of a private facebook group that is all about books. I love seeing what others are reading and having a place for discussion.

6. Giving myself the permission to read

I easily could tell myself that I have no time to read and it would be completely justifiable. Life is pretty busy between working full time, having a 16-month toddler, and being pregnant. However, I know that when I take time for self-care, I am a better wife and mother. I love reading and it definitely fills me up as an introvert. I am thankful that my husband is so supportive and hands on so I can have the extra margin to read. After reading the book Fringe Hours: Making Time for You I was reminded of the importance of making time for myself. I also started following Jessica on social media and she is a great example of being a busy working mom who takes the time to read.

What are your best tips for reading more?


  1. Cathi

    Audiobooks are great when you need to drive or do housework! I love them. They are the only thing that keeps me awake on long drives as music puts me to sleep 📚

    1. rebekahnyakairu (Post author)

      Yes, this is one I want to try. I hear so many people read more books because of audio books. An awesome book to listen to is “Lilac Girls”. I enjoyed reading this historical fiction book but I hear the audio book is amazing!!

  2. Stacy

    I second the audiobook option. I too am a fan of “the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” and that’s mainly because the lady who does the voices really brings the characters to life. Sometimes the classic books, like “Ivanhoe” are hard to read and listening makes it easier to understand. The “Hound of the Baskervilles” is a short book and fun to listen to.

    1. rebekahnyakairu (Post author)

      great recommendations for audiobooks! thanks stacy!


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