I don’t think that anyone feels like they’re reading enough, but I have found some ways to read more.
1. Assign homework. Remember in school when you actually got a lot of reading done because finishing a book had a deadline? I do! If you want to read more, but keep putting down books and never picking them up again, maybe you can assign yourself a little bit of homework. It’s helped me to try to read a book before the end of the week. Or to read fifty pages before next Tuesday. Personal goals like that are also a good way to boost feelings of accomplishment and self esteem, if you get them done.
2. Start a small book club. Maybe you need other people to hold you accountable for reading. There’s not shame in that. And anyway, it’s no fun to read a book that no one else has read and have no one to talk to about it. Don’t worry about picking standard book club books. You and a friend or two can take turns picking just any old book you want to read from Beowulf to Visit From the Goon Squad.
3. Get a kindle. Or get the kindle app on your phone if you don’t have the money for a tablet or reader. I have found that when I have access to a book I am reading electronically, I read it a lot faster. Maybe it’s because you take it with you everywhere you go, or because you never lose the book (it’s in a cloud!), but whatever it is, I highly recommend taking advantage of the reading technology. Plus Amazon has some deals associated with Kindle, so you can often read books for free or for really cheap. And lots of libraries now let your check out eBooks.
4. Read what you love. The most important thing to do when you’re trying to read more is not feel dragged down by what you think you should be reading. It doesn’t hurt to expand your horizons and try to read a book that is culturally important, but try to break that up every now and then with books that you just are dying to read. You may ending following War and Peace up with Divergent, but what does that matter?