As most of you have already gathered, I am an avid reader and a hardcore book lover. I average about 65 to 100 books a year, depending on the business of the year. Through the course of my reading life , I have learned a great deal not only about general info on history and such, but also about the art of writing, the English language, publishing, and how to live your best reading life. I'd like to share a few tips on living your best reading life with you today.
This first tip may sound weird or a no brainer, but for a lot of avid readers and bookish souls, it's a hard one to realize and accept. One of the hardest things for a lot of readers is allowing yourself to put down a book without finishing it. It is ok to not finish a book that you just can't get into. You do NOT have to torture yourself and stick it out. There seems to be a misconception that we must finish every book we start, and it's simply not true. Something I learned from author/podcaster/ blogger, Anne Bogel, is that life is too short to read bad books. If a book isn't your cup of tea, it's not worth your precious reading time.
Though, I will say, don't be afraid to go back to the book later if you liked the overall plot/story of the book, but just couldn't seem to get into it right then. Sometimes it's just a matter of being the right book but at the wrong time, therefore you may enjoy it during another season of life or time of year. Some books seem ready made for autumn or winter, while others are better received in the summer. It's just a matter of knowing it's not the right time. So my dear bookish soul, don't feel like you have to write a book off all together, maybe you'll go back to it at a better time.
Another tip that may seem obvious, but again, a lot of readers don't seem to know, is that it is very important to know your reading wheelhouse. What genres are your go-to genres? Are there one or more genres that you find it easy to find books that never disappoint you. For some it's Romance, for others it's Sci-Fi, and others it's YA. There's no such thing as a "wrong genre", we all have different tastes, therefore never feel shame about your favorite genre(s). In order to live your best reading life, it's important to know which genres work best for you so you can maximize your reading experience.
That's not to say you shouldn't or can't venture outside of your preferred genre(s). You never know when you'll discover a new genre that you adore. ;)
The last tip that I'd like to share with you today, is to keep track of what books you've read, are reading, and want to read. There are many apps out there that can help you with this, my favorite app is Goodreads on which you can track all three AND organize those books further into lists of your choosing. For the nerdier souls, like myself, you can keep an Excel spreadsheet. You can also keep it super simple and just keep a notebook with a simple list of books you've read and want to read. You tailor it to your needs and preferences.
I hope you find these tips helpful and will enrich your reading life the way they've enriched mine. Would you like more tips? Have any suggestions? Just want to chat about books in general, feel free to contact me through the social media icons on this page or through my contact page. Happy reading!
Liz Austin. Bibliophile. Writer. Book hoarder. I would rather be reading....