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  We just have to be honest with ourselves here. These days, finding time to read can be challenging, but the benefits of reading are countless. If you’re eager to read more books this year, here are seven straightforward and practical steps to help you cultivate a reading habit and explore the magic of storytelling.
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  1. Set Realistic Goals

Start by setting achievable reading goals. Rather than overwhelming yourself with an unrealistic target, aim for several books that fit comfortably into your schedule. It could be one book a month or a few pages each day. Setting realistic goals ensures you can enjoy the process without feeling pressured.
  1. Create a Reading Space

Designate a cosy reading nook where you can escape into the world of books. It could be a corner of your room, a comfortable chair, or even a spot in your favourite café. Having a dedicated reading space helps signal to your brain that it’s time to relax and immerse yourself in a good story.
  1. Incorporate Reading into Your Routine

Weave reading into your daily routine. Whether it’s during your commute, before bedtime, or during lunch breaks, finding consistent pockets of time for reading can make a significant difference. Turning reading into a habit helps integrate it seamlessly into your busy schedule.
  1. Explore Various Genres

Spice up your reading list by exploring different genres. Don’t limit yourself to one type of book – try fiction, non-fiction, mystery, or science fiction. By diversifying your reading, you’ll discover new interests and keep your reading experience fresh and exciting.
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  1. Utilize Audiobooks and E-books

Embrace technology by incorporating audiobooks and e-books into your reading routine. These formats provide flexibility, allowing you to ‘read’ while commuting, exercising, or doing household chores. They open up new opportunities to consume books in situations where traditional reading might be challenging.
  1. Join a Book Club or Reading Community

Reading becomes more enjoyable when shared. Joining a book club or an online reading community introduces you to like-minded individuals who share their thoughts and recommendations. Engaging in discussions adds a social element to your reading journey, making it a fun and communal experience.
  1. Limit Screen Time

Cut down on screen time to make room for reading. Allocate a portion of your leisure time away from electronic devices, such as phones and TVs, and redirect it towards reading. This not only enhances your focus on the story but also contributes to a healthier balance between digital and analogue activities.
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Final Thoughts

In 2024, immersing yourself in the world of books doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By setting realistic goals, creating a comfortable reading space, incorporating reading into your routine, exploring diverse genres, using audiobooks and e-books, joining reading communities, and limiting screen time, you can make reading a delightful and achievable part of your daily life. Happy reading!
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This article was first published on 9th January 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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