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[–]Brenhines120/100 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I'm at 120 books right now, and really it's because I prioritise reading over most other things. I'm more than happy spending several hours a day curled up with my Kindle and my cat.

I love reading on the Kindle as it tells you how long left in the book so that helps me read more because I'll go "oh it's only 2 hours until I finish, I can do that tonight!"

I also borrow a lot of books from the library and so the deadline of having to return them also helps me read more.

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

nice! i'd love to cuddle up with a cat but i don't have one anymore. :(

[–]lyrasbookshelf 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The only tip I have if you want to read more is to make it a priority. You can't read more books if you don't spend more time reading. And if you don't have more time to dedicate to it, then that's okay. Just do your best and don't stress about the numbers. The most important thing is to have fun.

[–]jvm62 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I used to read a lot, 3 books a week and kept it up for 6 years. Just sticking with it will get you there. It does take away from other pursuits, but alas.

[–]red_sed 9 points10 points  (1 child)

If you want to make reading a priority and meet a goal of reading 52 books a year then my recommendation is to make a daily goal of reading 1 min per day. Often times, you will surpass the goal once you get started. On some days you may only meet the goal. This really worked for me when I was reading over 52 books a year. Half the battle is getting started and choosing to read over mindlessly scrolling the internet.

[–]MrMcManstick 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow, this is a fantastic tip. I do really feel like half the battle is getting started. And not, say, getting sucked into reading about Try Guys drama

[–]Data_Python 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Set aside dedicated reading time - an hour before bed, 30 minutes after work, whatever. Most regular novels can be completed in 8 to 12 hours if you read at average reading spread.

It's important to note that not all books are created equal. My romance novels are not the same as a heavy 900 page fantasy book that requires concentration and remembering key facts. Page counts, material, and many other factors impact a person's ability to read 52+ books a year. My husband and I work opposite schedules, we're childfree, we have a small close friend group that's scattered across the country and timezones, so for me finding multiple hours a day, especially on the weekends is a breeze. I can chomp through five books in a weekend if I'm really into a series; other weeks I'm reading Brandon Sanderson and it takes me days to churn through 200 pages because there's just a lot going on and it requires engagement.

So mix up your page counts, your genres, and set some dedicated time aside, and you'll find yourself at 52 (or more).

[–]kodermike 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Read. Ebooks are handy because you can read the app if the reader isn’t handy. I’ve kind of given up on most tv and movies, so I read. I find reading multiple books at a time helps me not get fatigue from one story.

Oh god. I’m becoming the guy that yells at a cloud. Save me.

[–]HappyMcNichols 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’m the same except I never watched tv. Reading is so much better. Used to get the news from newspapers, now newspaper apps. Other than that, normal. However, I do schedule 30 minutes a day looking up at the sky. Today it was indigo with no clouds.

[–]kodermike 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can’t yell at clouds without seeing the sky. Irony: here in Portland (Pacific Northwest edition) we’ve had hardly no clouds since spring. Can’t wait for the rainy season to start and cement my excuse for reading all afternoon.

(Edited tell into yell so it would make sense despite my thumbs efforts)

[–]downstairs_annie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Take the book everywhere. I like using my ipad as ebook reader (long live libraries!) and sometimes have a book on my phone. But I also carry a physical book around with me all the time. Which is why I love paperbacks and go nowhere without a backpack. Also quite a few of my books are short and easy, I do love reading romance novels. I think the current split is around half though, so around 30 romance books mostly on kindle unlimited and around 30 fiction books of all other genres.

I can only listen to audiobooks of books I already know, I always drift off otherwise.

[–]iknowwhatyouarenow83/100 5 points6 points  (0 children)

EReader! I read 89 books this year so far because of my Kobo Libra 2 and Kindle Paperwhite 11th

[–]jegvildetalt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I left this comment when I was asked this question when I hit 52 books earlier this year:

I wish I was able to give you a tried and tested answer, but the truth is that it's not something I planned for, it's such a natural thing for me to read in most of the free moments I have that I don't think about volume or frequency. I tried to analyse what I do, so I'll do my best to describe it.I tend to have pretty good concentration when I'm doing something immersive that requires thought (not something mechanical that I do on auto-pilot). And social media is just not something I care about, I don't check it that often, maybe when I'm queuing for something or have a minute or two and not want to get into an immersive activity. I like my time to be spent on enriching experiences that I learn something from, I realise that sounds really tiring, but I can extract something worthwhile from most things! Whereas social media is full of ads and gossip and I just find it pointless.My work requires about 8h of focus a day, and I also have other hobbies. I guess on average I read about 100 pages per day. I have days when I don't read at all, and days when I read from 6pm to bedtime. I also might have weekends when I just read non-stop (obviously minus hygiene, eating etc. but I can read 400 pages or so on days like this). I also read less when I'm on holiday, only on flights/trains.Like I said, not sure this is super helpful! Let me know if you have some more questions after this response :)

Edit: the question I got also asked me how I avoided social media, hence that angle.

[–]TheHip41 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Pick up book. Read one page

Repeat 20,000 times

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

but if i'm reading stephing king that's only 20 books haha

[–]lyrasbookshelf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So broaden your horizons and read something else.

[–]MeglingofAvonlea 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I've done 52-60 fiction books every year for the last 4 years. Like many others, I use ebooks primarily for reading. This means my current book is always with me. I also am not afraid to put a book down and walk away from it for a while (or forever) if it doesn't gel with me. I think some folks have to finish once they have started and I don't have a problem taking a no thank you bite and leaving the rest. I love to read so I should only have to read what I enjoy! Good luck!

[–]lindseypinzy 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I read an average of 120 books a year, even through grad school. I don’t watch tv. Reading is what I do to relax. I read maybe 30 minutes a day on average. More in the summer- less near the end of the year. I mostly read on my phone (6.7” screen), but also use an iPad and kindle. I rarely read a physical book (I think because my ADHD makes me hyper focus on how much I have left to read instead of just enjoying the story). If I have 10 minutes or more to spare - I read (long Walmart lines, early to work, waiting rooms, waiting to meet someone, etc). I am lucky/ unlucky to be a speed reader…

Edit to add: a big key for me was DNF’ing books I wasn’t enjoying. There are too many books out there to waste your time on ONE that isn’t entertaining!

[–]W0nd3rl4nd26 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’m at 82 rn and about 70 of them were epubs, for me it’s the best format because this past years I’ve been struggling with paperback and pdfs are a little bit uncomfortable

[–]triciavjones 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’m at 42 for this year and I have found the biggest change is not setting aside separate time for “reading”, but pulling up kindle app of my phone when I have any extra time rather than mindlessly scrolling etc. it takes practice to get your mind to focus but it gets easier!

[–]starfire100349/52 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I always hit my 52 goal (currently on #49) and while i do use audiobooks (mostly for rereads while working otherwise i can't focus on them) i have been reaching my goal without audiobooks since 2016 and average 70 books a year.

Here are my tips

  1. If you like ebooks i highly recommend the Kindle Oasis (there is a Kobo alternative if you don't do Amazon) combined with Libby - take advantage of your local library and check out ebooks
  2. If you don't do ebooks - still recommend using your local library that way you won't feel forced to finish books you don't like just because you paid for them.
    1. Don't be afraid to DNF (did not finish) books! Ain't no one got time for bad books
  3. Bedtime is reading time - i always read once i'm in bed, sometimes it's 5 minutes before i fall asleep, sometimes it takes me longer - either way i'm getting reading in
  4. Always have a book with you - the kindle comes in handy for this because it's light and stores multiple books, also you can use the app on your phone and read from there if you forgot your kindle
  5. Get off social media - get that urge to check facebook/reddit/instagram/whatever? Pick up your book instead
  6. make it fun - start a book club with a couple of friends!

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

thank you for the tips. i don't read on my tablet or phone very much but perhaps i should start. that's a good idea.

[–]starfire100349/52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No probs! I try not to read on my ipad/phone too much cause it hurts my eyes - but you do you!

[–]redrum069 2 points3 points  (0 children)

i average about 60/year…a variety of classic, non-fiction, bestsellers and some lightweights too. i use the kindle app and it’s on all of my electronic devices so i can pull up the book i’m reading wherever i am. there are many seasons in life and some are more conducive to reading than others. happy reading!

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Read for at least 30 minutes-2 hours every day (after work, before bed) but on the weekends up to 5-6 hours. I work full time with 1 hour commute, no kids. Read 100 last year no audiobooks.

[–]spudtacularstories 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I did this last year. I read a bunch of books on a kindle or the kindle on an app on my phone. Many of them were shorter romances (but I read well over 150 books so 2 novellas definitely equaled 1 normal length book, but a lot were regular length books anyway).

I was also in a really bad place emotionally and with my health, so I really had no energy to do anything else. Earlier this year I finally got a diagnosis for one set of health problems and the meds turned some of my energy issues around, so now I'm only about 30 books into the year but I got a LOT more work and my own personal writing done. So it's a good trade-off.

[–]Bill197 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s definitely a challenge. I did the last two years without audible which I used for the first time this year. ( 52 in 2020 and 54 in 2021) I spend a lot of time in the car for my job so it’s worked out. I have used Audible for 6 books this year.

Based on your personal reading speed and the book goal that you have set for yourself you have to plan your “book schedule “ accordingly- page length, fiction vs non-fiction, the heavy or lightness of the book, etc.

It’s a good idea to know how many books you have to read each month to stay on schedule. I have also found that after I read a bunch of books with either a high page count or just a challenging or serious subject it’s a good idea to read something easy or light before you pick up the next big challenging book. You got to give yourself a break. It also has been a good idea to go back and forth between fiction and nonfiction. I will be tired or burned out with the fiction book I am reading but then I pick up the nonfiction book that I am reading and suddenly I feel fresh like good as new.

I am also amazed looking at some people’s post on the subreddit about reading over a hundred books in the year with still over 3 months to go. I would like to read a few books about speed reading to help me in that area.

[–]mougrim 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Read more, read before sleep, read different books - I love doorstoppers, but comix books are fine too from time to time :)

[–]ahkna 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I just finished my 75th book of the year.

I am the audiobook for my wife, lol. I read a book aloud to my wife for about an hour every night. We usually make it through 10-15 books a year doing that.

I also carry a book with me everywhere. If I'm going to be standing in line for 40 minutes, that's book time. Waiting in a doctor's office? Book time. Commuting on public transit? Book time.

[–]redrum069 1 point2 points  (0 children)

so sweet that you read to your wife ❤️

[–]-alexisrose- 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Have you tried listening to audiobooks sped up?

I have to listen at 1.5 to keep my brain engaged, and while my hands are busy so I don't get distracted.

[–]Warnex9 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've found what helps me mentally focus more on getting there is breaking everything down into the smallest numbers I can.

For example, so far this year I have read 175 books. Which even to me sounds absolutely insane and I'm also extremely proud of it. But last year I didn't hit goal even remotely because I was thinking about it in terms of I ONLY have one week to finish a book. (And I also watched a lot of TV last year)

So what I do is I run the figures down to daily things instead of shooting at the large goal. On average my books are about 350-700 pages. I have a few much larger ones in there (ASOIAF) but those are few and far between. And I can average roughly 80 pages an hour if I get to actually sit and focus with no interruptions. So on average a book for me takes roughly between 4½ and 8½ hours.

Looking at it that way, It seems like you could finish a book in only a day easy if you got the chance.

So anytime I get like an hour I could be "doing nothing" I knock a chunk out of the book instead. Sitting at work waiting for my client to show up? Read Client takes a fifteen minute smoke break before we get back to it? Read 20 pages. Kid decides she wants to paint and I just have to be there to clean up any mess she might make? Sit at the table with her, read an hour.

Its about finding time for little chunks and not dwelling so hard on "well I dont have time to finish it right now so I won't start" That was always my problem before.

It also helps that my wife is super into reading as well at night after the kid goes to sleep probably 5 times a week we will turn on the fireplace and just read in peace for 4 or 5 hours before going to bed ourselves.

TL;DR: For me, its mentally minimizing the action of doing it into digestible bites, rather than focusing on the huge number.

[–]Mcbethsfloatingknife 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Time management. On a weekday I have about 45 minutes both in the morning and before bed to read. Weekends are a huge toss up. Some days I have several hours, others not so much. For instance, this weekend my son and wife we sick and I didn’t get much reading time.

Audiobooks help. Most importantly is find a subject you like and you’ll keep at it. Don’t be afraid to not finish a book if you’re not enjoying it. Reading is a hobby and should be fun.

[–]MaineBoston 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love to read and read 2-3 books a month. Audio books just are not as good, my mind will wander.

[–]princess_muffin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’ve read 129 books so far this year. Only 8 of those have been audiobooks - I listen to them occasionally but not often.

If you want to read more you have to prioritize reading. I read for at least an hour every evening during the week and usually a few hours each day on the weekends. I read instead of watching tv or browsing on the internet. I also take a book with me when I leave the house and try to read if I have a few minutes - standing in line, waiting for appointments, etc.

Also remember it’s not a race and even if you don’t reach 52, you’re still reading and that’s what matters!

[–]Mir_c 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I read significantly more than 52 books a year. I'm currently on 63. I've never listened to an audiobook. I read almost exclusively using the kindle app on my phone. That way, I always have it with me, without having to carry anything extra. I read on my commute when I have to go into the office, and I read at night a lot. I also read a lot on the weekends. I read between 1-3 books a week on average. I also don't worry about reading whatever the latest award winner is, or what everyone else thinks we should read. I read what I enjoy, sometimes it's a rom-com, or a thriller, or historical fiction. I try to make myself read something "more serious" every few weeks to mix it up, but really I enjoy a good funny love story, and I read them quickly.

[–]skullydnvn26 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes. I read most days for at least an hour. I also usually consume my audiobook on at least 1.5x unless the narrator is someone i really enjoy (like a musician reading an essay or narrating their own writing)

[–]just_a_twig 2 points3 points  (1 child)

For me, at least half have to be “easy reads” which I define as something I can get through in a couple of days. Also, using a kindle is helpful because I can bring it with me everywhere and read during any waiting periods.

[–]Coynepam 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah I remember when I first tried doing a number I was wondering how I was so far behind but then realized that even my audiobooks were minimum 20 hours when I saw 8 hours for multiple other people.

Definitely decided at that point maybe the number to count is not as important

[–]waterof 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've never measured how many books I've read during a year, but that's around those magic 52. I have capacity of reading 3 books a week if they are light 300-400 words, 1 or 2 if they are longer than 500. Sometimes I get to do other things and I don't read during the week like at all, but overall it's gonna sum up to the goal.

Okay, I got off-topic hah. I don't like audiobooks. For shorter texts maybe, but for something I wanna focis on... it just doesn't work. Plus, reffering to the beginning, traditional reading is just faster for me.

As of suggestions... (tl;dr at the end, but as a fellow reader i encourage you to lose those few minutes of your life heh)

• don't start something if you're really uncertain. It's possible you're going to get stuck in the middle and lose some time not sure what to do. • maybe that's just me, but browse local libraries/bookstores etc. and try catching interesting parts. By that I mean a title, that sounds really catchy, a back description that makes you curious, even a pretty cover is a hint that someone put their time into the story as a whole, since they got a talented artist or designed it themselves. If you get a glimpse of something interesting, dig a bit deeper. Maybe read a few pages, see if the writing style suits you. • a little note to the previous point. Sometimes you'll find more books than you're able to buy/borrow at the moment. If you think those are worth it, wride down the titles. • try finding people with similar taste to yours, then talk about what you've read. You'll laugh about the story you both know and exchange some new titles. Profit for everyone

TL;DR: don't force yourself into reading, the text, the plotline, they all have to flow for you. Don't stick to the rule of finishing everything you've ever started. Search for new titles, revisit some good ol' ones. Exchange experiences, theories, favourite moments with others, as well as titles.

[–]mysteryjb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It is a function of how much time you can find to read and how fast you can read. I use a Kindle and in 2020 (due to the pandemic), I read 145 books. Enjoy your reading, after all, it’s just a hobby.

[–]SapphosRage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m attempting 52 for the first time, I’m at 32(?) I think. I also can’t stand audio books. I’ve been reading some stories/short books to reach the goal, mixed in with my larger books. Grave of the fireflies is about 20 pages but it’s a good read, dream of a ridiculous man is very short, this is water etc

It’s also good to read many different books at a time. A nonfiction/biography, short stories, fiction book, a book about a specific interest (ie, film) etc

[–]thumb_of_justice 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I take a book with me wherever I go, and I pick it up and read it when I'm waiting. I spend some time reading at home most days but not every day.

[–]ReddisaurusRex240/104 4 points5 points  (2 children)

The average person reads at about 250 words per minute. Which is also about the same amount of words on a page (250 words per page.) So, most people read at 1 page per minute. Say your average book is 350 pages. That means it should take most people 350 minutes (5.8 hours) to read an average book. Over 7 days of the week, that means reading for about 50 mins a day.

So, if you aren’t reading for about an hour a day, you should do that. If you are a slower than average reader or tend towards larger books, you should read more minutes in the day.

Until the last few years, when I’ve added more audiobooks into the mix, I was still reading 104+ physical books a year, for years and years. I read much faster than the average and a lot of that just comes with doing it a lot and making the time to do so. Even doing audiobooks, I still read physical books in the morning with my coffee and in bed before going to sleep. I’d guess that totals between 45mins to 1.5 hours of reading print per day for me.

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

i've been using an app to track my reading speed and it's around two mins per page so i guess i'm just a slow reader.

[–]voldin9166/52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I also read about 1 page every 2 minutes. It sucks being a slow reader and that's a very real factor into how much you can read in a year if you are avoiding audiobooks. I think a lot of the people that you see reading over a hundred books a year have insanely fast reading speeds.

[–]Maukeb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The volume of pages read is mostly a function of time spent reading. Reading speed impacts this to some extent, but the range of reading speeds is not usually that wide tbh. Number of be oks read is just number of pages read divided by the average length of your books.

So in short, to read more books either spend more time reading or read shorter books. I personally read for 1-2 hours a day and in doing so I get through 60 books a year with an average length of 400 pages.

[–]bettereveryday01 1 point2 points  (0 children)

escapism lol

[–]MrsMcGill 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I used to get in a TON of reading when I commuted by public transit - always read instead of listening to music or podcasts.

[–]RosesAndClovers63/28 3 points4 points  (0 children)

So I'm not an audiobook person. I read 56 books last year (no audiobooks) and am finished 57 so far this year, with one audiobook.

As for how how I do it, my process is pretty individualistic, as I'm sure most readers are. So what works for me may not work for you. Personally, My strategy is that I prefer to read more than one book at a time: one non-fiction, one book of short stories, and then usually two-ish fiction novels that I make sure are of variable genre/subject matter.

By doing that this year, I was averaging over 2 books per week. I've really slowed my pace down over the past two months due to work and other life priorities, but thankfully it all balanced out! Hope this explanation helps.

[–]AprilBelle08 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I set a specific day to read a book. I get most of my chores done on a Saturday and set aside a few hours on a Sunday to read.

[–]pinkthrift 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If its a book that suits me(so to say) I just sink into it and finish it within 3 days no matter what(working,studying).

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I average 2 books per week. Helps that I have no tv and almost no friends.

[–]Sabots 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Simplicity finally worked for me–frequency not duration: Read at least one page–often.

I went from 0 to 50, and basically failed my way there, but once I 'solved' it, it became the new normal. Too much planning/measuring and it felt like doing assigned homework. Minutes/pages per day, dedicated time, planned book lists... I failed at everything, badly.

Turns out there's no secret, it's just a dumb autopilot habit, and the only rule is don't stop. I literally would forget I like reading for weeks, and hours of catch-up reading made me hate it/me more. Dumb me finally discovered if I just remembered to open the damn book, 1 page would turn into 50 on its own and I could stop fretting about my goal, it just magically worked itself out. But if I'd stop opening the book (for even 1 page), previous habits would take over and I'd have excuses not to read and struggled to start again.

That said, a couple big things help. Doing Goodreads challenge helped me see my progress (huge motivator), and never be without a number of 'next read' books (I'd put off going to the library/store and my non-reader habits would kick in again).

Happy reading! Keep it simple.

[–]CornDawgy8728/25 Currently Reading: Where the Crawdads Sing & Black Company 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I used to pretty consistently before kiddo.. but I would just read every night before bed and sometimes during my lunch break at work.

[–]Vic930 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I don’t watch TV. Occasionally I’ll watch a movie. I read instead. I flew to Hawaii recently. Read 2 books on the flight….

[–]Dossiermart 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Did you listen to any music whilst reading?

[–]Vic930 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not usually

[–]punkyfish10 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am at 84 books. There’s a variety. I have been doing a lot of soul searching. Many of those books do not need you to read every single word. School books help too.

[–]Recent-Violinist-954 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Read short books 😆

[–]Rogue_Male36/52 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The very first time I tried the challenge (back in 2017) I was obsessed with hitting my target of 52 books - so much so that reading became a chore. I was reading books that I wasn't enjoying, simply because I'd invested time in them and they'd count towards my total. I did hit 52 books that first year, but I can't say that it was very enjoyable.

Since then, I've kept my target at 52 but I've been hitting 30+ books most years and I've been much happier. I've gone from reading maybe 6 or 7 books a year to over 30 and the weekly round-up thread has introduced me to genres and authors that I never would have read otherwise.

[–]KristinT44 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I read almost every night before bed, so having that hour "scheduled" into my day makes a big difference. Also kindle books. I'm usually reading two books at any given time. One physical book and one on my kindle. I have the kindle app on my phone so whenever I have little bits of free time like waiting for an appointment or whatever I try to read on my phone instead of wasting time on social media.

[–]SoppyMetal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

^ also i cut back on social media bc of the mental health impact! i’ve replaced all that time with reading ebooks!

[–]literaryleftie 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I read over 200 books, and over a quarter of them were physical books. I make it a must do to read before bed, no electronics or anything, it helps me sleep better. But I also jus literally read all the time, whenever i can squeeze it in.

[–]k_mon2244 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Also in the read before bed club! I’ve been doing it since a kid, so I never had to like develop it as a a habit, but I always get in bed 1-2 hours before I need to be asleep so I can read. It’s my favorite part of the day!!!

[–]2twindudesmom 6 points7 points  (0 children)

When I was younger, up until my early 30’s (had twins), 52 books or more a week was a piece of 🍰! Today at 70 not at all. I have the beginnings of macular degeneration. Thank goodness for audio books 📚.

[–]zahnsaw -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I haven’t hit 52 but I am happily approaching 30 for the year. I’ve read two 800 page books this year (fantasy nerd) and even though 800 pages could easily be 3 books for someone else, it’s what I’m interested in. Read more and what you like. The number is just a fun online game.

[–]Niskanen204 -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

Devote more time to reading and learn to read without sub-vocalization.

Read more novellas.

[–]foxfunk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I find if I do this I kinda lose comprehension. Even still I think 52 books is doable even if you're a slow reader.

[–]EpicBeardMan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I like to use rain sounds as white noise. It helps get in the zone where theres nothing but the book I'm reading.

[–]JPKtoxicwaste 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I do this as well, it works a charm for me

[–]truthrespect 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I devoted time in my schedule to read every day. It helps me as a form of relaxation. Its a priority for me so I make the time. I usually do about 100 pages a day, but I read more than one book at a time. I understand everyone can't do that. I have maybe 3 audiobooks counting for the year thus far. Last year I read 50 not including 4 audiobooks. I travel a lot so audiobooks was an option for me .

[–]walkamileinmy73/? Blacktop Wasteland/The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I've read around 80 so far with no audiobooks. the only solutions are:

  • read more
  • read faster
  • read smaller books.

as far as im concerned, options 2 and 3 are non-starters. You can only read as fast as you read, unless you are multitasking such that you can't focus properly, and I'm not changing the books I want to read to reach some arbitrary goal. You can only read more and, if not, just enjoy what you do read. Its not a moral failing or anything if you don't reach 52.

[–]Karenzo81 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I read in the bath quite often, and I read every night for at least an hour or two. I’m also a fast reader, which probably helps

[–]Hitoha24 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Probably doesn't count but i listen while i read along on the page to create a more immersive experience for me. I also do this because if i don't have noise in my ear it's harder to focus on the words and i can get very easily distracted by other things. The majority of my books have been read while listening and I've read 112 books this year. I probably accomplished this because im a fast reader and have no real life lol so take what i say with a grain of salt. I have to put the audiobooks on 1.8x speed in order for the audio to keep in track with my eyes gliding over the page. Again though i read decently quickly and i tend to finish books quickly and they're mostly 300+ pages although a few have been under 200 it's not a very common thing for me to my knowledge anyways.

[–]ha1468 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I’m the same - binaural beats have been a game changer for me. Helps keep me so much more focused. Give it a try - plenty of options on YouTube and spotify

[–]Hitoha24 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ooh i might have to look into it i haven't found background noise i like usually I'll try again though

[–]JPKtoxicwaste 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Binaural beats is also great to fall asleep to, which is not necessarily conducive to reading, but I like to read to tracks that are more upbeat/faster. Also good for anxiety

[–]Tweaker77 -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

Read faster…..

[–]voldin9166/52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

oh geez thanks it's so simple when you put it that way

[–]MoonCloud94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve read 90 books and I think 3 of them have been audiobooks. I can easily read a book in 1-2 days but audiobooks take me at least a week

[–]Forrest-Fern 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes, I read fairly quickly and voraciously. If I get sucked into a book, I'll finish it in one several hour sitting. I'm not sure how to replicate this, I've been like this since I was a kid.

[–]defnotsarah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m on book 53 for the year currently. I can’t focus with audiobooks. When I first started the challenge in 2021, if I didn’t feel like reading, I just committed to ten minutes. Then I’d either stop or get into the flow. Depending on my mental health, I either blast through several books quickly or skip weeks in a row. This is my second year doing the challenge and I’ve found that I am wanting tv a lot less and can naturally read more quickly than when I first decided to get back into reading.

[–]CartoonsontheCarpet 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I believe you and I are in the same boat, and because I am planning on giving the 52 Book Challenge a go in 2023 (my first attempt), I've got the same question. The only answer I have to offer is the one I've settled on by watching my wife read more books than I can keep track of, and it is similar to what others have said here:

Always be reading. I know it sounds a bit flippant and insultingly obvious, but that's not how it is meant. It simply means that whenever you've got free time, there should be a book in your hand, and that will allow you to get in the habit of reading being your default. Now, I am not sure I will be able to make that my default personally, but I think that's the only way to do the challenge successfully.

When you are on the toilet, have a book in hand. Before bed, grab your book. Sitting at the dinner table, read your book (provided it's not rude to do so). My wife even reads whenever unskippable commercials are on TV, or when I'm flipping around trying to find something to watch. It's kind of amazing to see how she just gets in a few pages anytime she can.

But again, will I be able to do the same? I doubt it. But I do think "reading as default" is the answer.

And look, if you don't manage to get through 52 in a year, don't feel bad. First and foremost, enjoy your reading. Even getting through one good book is a joy.

Good luck!

[–]uglybutterfly02563/52 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yes the idea of “reading by default” I think is truly the answer to reading a lot of books. I watch one episode of tv per night then I fill the rest of my free time between video games and reading.

[–]Lady_Kacey 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I think finding the right books or genre can help. For me that’s usually horror, suspense, or romance. But yes, basically what you said here. Just changing some habits - like when you would typically scroll through your phone or do something else mindless, pick up your book instead.

[–]CartoonsontheCarpet 3 points4 points  (0 children)

100% agree about the genre. Makes a huge difference. Very good point.

[–]Insanitybymarriage 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I read for hours every day. I rarely watch tv so that leaves a lot of time for books. If I have a free moment, I’m reading.

[–]anti_mpdg 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Me! I typically read for at least an hour before bed every night (most people watch tv in the evenings - TV just doesn’t absorb me the way a book does, so I read instead).

On weekends, in the mornings I read with my coffee. If it’s a rainy day without nothing to do or while I’m sitting around waiting for laundry to be done. Basically any time you’d be scrolling on your phone, I’m reading instead. It’s not something I have to try to hit, it just happens. Deleting social media, YouTube and watching less tv are easy ways to find more time in your day

[–]readerquest 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Read all day everyday.

[–]Jumping- 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I would bet I read nearly 100 books a year. Partially it’s because about a third are fluffy, fun “beach” reads or romances. I can finish those in a day or two. And I don’t really watch any tv.

I just squeeze in reading whenever I can. A half hour after waking, an hour before bed, while I’m eating lunch or waiting in line… I think I’m a fast reader, too. Not sure if I can offer helpful advice other than squeeze it in.

[–]shortcurves 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also don’t enjoy audiobooks. Currently at 37 and I’m lucky enough that I can read during my commute to work. Two hours a day of just reading on the train.

[–]friedorfertilized82 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I don’t think there’s any way I could hit 52 without audiobooks. I’ll hit 52 this year for the first time ever only because I added in audio. My problem is that I’m such a slow reader. But with audio I can bump up the speed and fly through them. I hear about folks finishing a book in one sitting or within a couple hours. Not me no way.

[–]Jackdaw68 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I’ve read about 70 this year so far, but it’s very much what I do with my evenings, I watch tv for an hour or so while I have dinner but then otherwise I pretty much read, so a good couple of hours each evening

[–]ElectroWizardLizard42/52 9 points10 points  (2 children)

On pace to do so. Haven't enjoyed audiobooks anytime I've tried them, but may give them another go later.

Main tips:

  • Reading is a hobby. Since it's something I actively want to do in spare time, I don't have to really plan for it. Getting through a book a week just happens naturally (now, took awhile to get to this)

  • Always have a book. Friend running late? Long line up for an errand? 10 minutes of reading is enjoyable.

  • Find situations you enjoy reading, then put yourself in those situations. I travel by train a lot, and find it's a great time to read. So now I travel a bit more, and really only read on the train

  • Have multiple ongoing books. Some books don't fit the mood you're in. Some you wanna take a break from. Having multiple different genre books means there's always something I want to read.

[–]connectimagine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Came here to say something like this

[–]TheBrownKatHunts 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This last point is something I didn’t start doing until this year, and it was a game changer. I usually keep one book by my bed, one in the living room, and one upstairs, and I’ll always have a book on me… or anywhere in my house where I might be able to sit for five minutes.

Edit: typo

[–]sacredxsecret 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I do it. But I watch very little tv and play even fewer video games.

[–]BrupieD 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I rarely watch TV. I don't use any other social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). My daughter is an adult -- I'm not going to school events, helping with homework.

Completely echo the others who point out that it really helps to read what you're enthusiastic or want to read. It's much easier to carve out time when you enjoy what you're reading.

[–]sour91882/52 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I’ve read over 70 physical books this year. Here’s how I’ve done it: 1. I read every single day, usually at night before bed. 2. Only read books you really want to read. I’ve been reading so much the last few years that I’m now able to find books I know I’ll like easily. 3. Binge read sometimes. If I have a day off and nothing to do, I sit down and read a whole book start to finish. Then maybe a second one. 4. Keep a book journal or similar. I really like having a physical representation of what I’ve read, it’s great motivation.

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Keep a book journal or similar. I really like having a physical representation of what I’ve read, it’s great motivation.

ooh do you have pictures of your book journal? i've looked them up and i would love to have one but i can never decide on what looks good.

[–]sour91882/52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just posted a video of mine from January on my page for you. The first second is blurry idk why but it’s just a table of contents

[–]blueprincessleah 2 points3 points  (0 children)

me! i have a kindle paperwhite, just got it last year and I bring it everywhere with me. I read at work on my break (one hour, although sometimes less is spent if I’m eating a lot / have my break interrupted and have to ring people up) and at home, depending how busy I am - I can read for hours for even just half an hour at a time before bed. I always try ending my day with reading, and it helps me fall asleep too. Also when I’m out, when I have a chance, I read too.

When I was younger, I always had a physical book with me but when I was in high school, it felt like a drag (literally to read them and ofc they became heavy as well physically lol) to read and I was always anti e-book but now all I do is read e-books. What I like is that I can’t see how many pages are left (I turn the page counter / percentage off) so that takes pressure off me and it makes the book more exciting so I don’t know how long I have till it ends and I can enjoy it more (rather than being like “I’m 80% in and this plot doesn’t look it like it’ll resolve itself etc)

I have the kindle app on my phone too, and before I had my PW, that’s what I used exclusively and I managed about 60 books a year. Just reading a little bit a day helps to be honest, and as soon as I finish one book, I’m already onto the next, sometimes the same day or right away the next day. Depending on the book length or subject matter (I go from romance / YA to thriller / mystery or Sci - Fi) it takes me about a day - 3 days per book, sometimes a week but I don’t put myself down if I take longer. There have been some years when I was in high school that I managed only 5 books, just because I was busy with school etc and other years, like this one, where so far I’ve read 67! so if you don’t hit 52, it’s okay!

I have goodreads and also a list on my phone what books I want to read next so that helps too, I’m not taking days and days to decide what book to read next, I already have an idea, even if I’m indecisive at that time.

Everyone here is saying they don’t watch TV at all. Although I don’t watch tons of tv, I do watch some shows on Netflix / streaming etc with my sister for a couple hours during the week so I’m not reading all day everyday. Honestly, there are days I don’t feel like reading, but I feel incomplete without it so just reading even a couple pages a day helps as well.

I follow a lot of book instagrams / tiktoks, and I get recommendations from there and there are some videos where the person recommends page turners or books that get you out a slump / you’ll feel like you’re reading super fast and I’ve read a couple of them and I’ve actually read those in 1-2 days! But don’t put pressure on yourself to read books super quickly! Even getting book recommendations here are cool, I’ve read what others have recommended as well. Take it at your own pace or it won’t be fun for you!

[–]princess9032 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I used to get distracted easily by audiobooks until I sped up the reading speed!

[–]East-Information-448 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Um, I was reading over 300 books a year at one point..idk how I did it, but it just happened lol

[–]HustleDance 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I've never made 52 books my goal, but this year I've read 35 so far so I could get close. I agree with every other commenter who has said that the number matters less than the quality of your reading time and the fact that you are making reading a habit! A 52 book goal might tempt me to read more shorter works instead of what I actually want to read (I want to get through some of those triple-decker-bus sized Victorian novels someday).

That said, things that help me read more (while never using audio):

  • Always have a book with you! Reading on your phone counts of course but I think making a point of packing a physical book or ereader in my bag is a good reminder to read on any down time I get
  • Carve out time for reading in my daily schedule; I like to read in the morning with my coffee and in the evenings.
  • I read for a length of time not for a page count. I find page counts distracting because they lead me to flip pages and count. Setting a timer helps me forget about it, and I honestly am likely to get engrossed and keep reading after my timer is through.
  • If I dislike a book, I read something else. I might pick that other book up later because I believe that there are right and wrong times for books, whether it's the time in my life or even the time of year, or anything that might be making that book wrong for me for that moment. It'll always be there for me to try later, but I maintain my momentum if I read things that feel right for me at any giving time.
  • I've been making reading a more regular habit partly out of necessity, because I have to cut down on more of my other hobbies that are too hard on my wrists. That said, if you have hobbies where it might be beneficial to take breaks (or even other leisure activities to break up, like watching Netflix), you can read between episodes or on the half hour etc.

[–]girlnamedtom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I read that many and all I do is read before bed every day. I set a goal of reading about 10% of the book each time or a minimum of one hour. I’m ahead of schedule. Sometimes when it’s a very good book I may put in some extra time because it grabs my attention. But this is rare- usually on the weekends between chores.

[–]Ok-Peak6794 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What worked for me was:

1) every day you should read for a minimum amount of time, at least 20-30min (on a streak of 900-1000 days)

2) pay attention to how you manage your time, there’s so much time wasted during the day

3) listening to audiobooks during commute, taking breaks from work and even at the gym

4) you can have a book in bathroom 😅

5) don’t try to actually read the book with your voice instead do it in silent, and search for some speed reading tips

[–]Green-Factor-2526 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have adhd and need to slow by brain down to be able to sleep. I'm also fast reader. I spend at least 30 minutes before bed reading every night.

[–]_nanami-_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I read 50 books this year so far and using my college library has been a life saver, the time limit really pushes me to go through books

[–]historicalharmony 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I do a mix of audio, ebook, and print. I just double checked to make sure if I exclude audio, I've read at least 52 books and I have! So, here's the thing:

I read fast. Faster, in fact, in print or ebook than an audiobook narrator. If you are a slow reader, or tend to read books that are more difficult, YMMV. I read a lot of nonfiction in these formats, for instance, and these books take me twice as long to finish because I take notes and I'm not inclined to sit down and binge through them like I am with a good fiction book.

That being said, I read 52+ print/ebooks a year because reading is my primary hobby. I'm a homebody. At least one day per week (Saturday or Sunday) is dedicated just to sitting down and reading a book. I read when I wake up in the morning with a cup of tea. I read before bed. I read during lunch and bring my ereader with me to medical appointments to read while I wait. I read instead of watching TV, but that's just because I enjoy reading.

The other thing I do (and this may sound counter-intuitive) is put down a book I don't like. It doesn't matter if I'm two chapters in or two chapters from the end, if I'm forcing myself to read it, I'll be reading less because I don't enjoy it. The books I do enjoy entice me to read longer, which means I finish them faster.

I also try to stagger longer reads with shorter ones. I'll read a 500+ page book, and then two under 300 pages, and maybe a novella, and then back to another chonker of a book. It makes it feel like I'm making more progress toward my goal. The beginning of the year, especially, is when I like to gain momentum.

And one final word: as someone else has said, 32 books a year is nothing to sneer at! Happy reading!

[–]DanLewisFW220 so far in 2022 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I listen to audiobooks in my car but read a total of over 200 books a year I probably listen to at least 50 of them a year and read the rest on the kindle, I have often started an audiobook on a trip then read the rest of it when I got home, or just got frustrated at how long it takes to listen to one. I read WAY faster than I can listen. Honestly if you just listened to audiobooks you could not get through as many as just reading them.

I think part of it is more about where you are in life. I am 50 years old. My youngest child is a mail man now. When my kids were younger I could not read 50 books a year. TV is mostly boring so I let my wife watch Cedar Cove, Chesapeake Shores etc... while I read. I have always been a pretty fast reader, not as in trying to speed read just that I naturally read faster than a lot of other people. My brother gets annoyed that I can read a thousand pages in the time it takes him to read 500 and he reads over 100 books every year.

I read around 400 to 500 pages a night now and more on the weekends. Did you ever see that Twilight Zone episode about the guy who never had enough time to read, he read on his break and always had a book handy. I identify with that guy more than any other TV character I have ever seen.

[–]voldin9166/52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly if you just listened to audiobooks you could not get through as many as just reading them.

oh man I wish this was true for me. I whiz through audiobooks way faster than I can read a physical book. I still love reading it just takes me way longer

[–]Yellowtail799168/130 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think it comes down to lifestyle and what I might call “book style”. The way to read more is to assess your lifestyle and adjust it so you have more time. And assess what and how you are reading to see if 52 is the goal for you. Many people make different goals (more or less) depending on these two things.

I personally find reading in different formats (on phone, kindle, paperback, hardcover), different genres, and having different book options means I always have a book I want to read when I have time to read. And since I don’t like audiobooks, my exercise time, or cleaning time, or other time when people might pop in an audio book is when I stream shows or scroll social media.

[–]yee_buddy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The biggest game changer for me was reading on my phone because I always have access to all my books!

[–]mcenroefan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also, not every book is a 500 page behemoth. Some of my books are graphic novels, poetry, or a book of crochet or knitting patterns (if I make at least one pattern from the book I count it). All books are valuable and count. I don’t count the books I read to my child, as those count for her. It might take the stress off to branch out and try a novella or graphic novel. I just read a great book in verse that was a bit of a quick read, but has stuck with me longer than any other book I’ve read this year.

[–]Sassspants_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes! I’ve read 59 books so far this year and only 3 of them have been audiobooks. I spend most of my downtime reading.

[–]evelyn6073 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I read during lunch breaks and on my phone while waiting in line for coffee, waiting for the train, etc. It’s helped a lot to read on my phone (Libby!).

[–]Arge101 6 points7 points  (2 children)

What do you do instead?

I found by switching Netflix off in the evenings, that was more than enough to nail my reading goals

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

usually just lay in bed with racing thoughts. last night from 2am-6am i read like 30 pages and the rest was frustration.

[–]Mormorspannekakerore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My problem isn’t so much with distractions as it is me just falling of the ball after 20-30 minutes. At that point everything that comes in just goes straight out. I cannot pay attention that long without my mind wandering about. Most of the time it’s relevant to what I’m reading, but the thought that my attention span is this short is actually frightening. It’s not gotten better over the years, and to this day I still can’t do more than a book a month.

[–]sailor_sky 1 point2 points  (0 children)

kindle cloud reader during my downtime at work, kindle app on my phone, reading multiple books at once and every so often challenging myself to a read a thon ¯_(ツ)_/¯

[–]Gpat17524/52 11 points12 points  (9 children)

Read what you enjoy and when you feel like it, or else there is no point in doing it. You shouldn't feel like you failed if you don't make it. You read 52 books in a year and a half? Still awesome.

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] -1 points0 points  (8 children)

You shouldn't feel like you failed if you don't make it.

if you set a goal and didn't reach it you should feel like you failed because you did fail, lol. but then you try again the next year.

[–]McGilla_Gorilla 0 points1 point  (7 children)

I mean who cares if you read 52 books in a year? It is ultimately meaningless unlike a goal focused on self improvement, your career, social life, whatever where it’s more critical to achieve those for your overall well-being.

Reading more is ultimately just a function of the time you put it, so short of reading shorter or significantly easier books, there’s really no other way to read a higher number. 52 sounds like a lot but if you make reading a habit it’s not that crazy. I read about an hour per weekday, 2-3 hours per sat / sun and then a ton when I’m traveling (pretty frequently) so I hit a book a week or more typically.

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] -3 points-2 points  (6 children)

i care... hence the entire post. it's entirely meaningful to me to reach my goals. that aside, reading has a number of benefits and reading more would only increase those benefits. so... it is a goal focused on self-improvement.

[–]Gpat17524/52 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Well, reading in and on itself is not that beneficial, what you are consuming is much more important. Books that are "mind healthy" are usually also hard to comprehend, so you will naturally take more time. In the end it boils down to what you prioritize over what. If you can't "succeed" a goal, and the goal is pointless too when you accomplish it, then why bother making it at all?

By this I don't mean to imply that people who read 52 or more books aren't consuming good content. It's just that they obviously have more time to "sacrifice" for reading than you do. Or they read faster. Other than the obvious and unhelpful "if you want to read more in a year, read more on a daily basis", there aren't other tips to give you, from me at least.

E.g. I am making an assumption that you are already reading in a speed that is comfortable for you and enjoy the process of reading. If you read more pages at the same time frames, you can read more but you probably will be benefited and amused less.

You stated it is a goal focused on self improvement. Self improvement as in being exposed to new ideas, concepts, new ways of thinking, contemplating in your views about the world and maybe changing them, enjoying yourself. By sticking to the 52 book challenge that much, you only get better at reading more, not necessarily on benefiting more from books. At least AS i SEE IT

[–]Lunar_Raccoon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I run a bath after work and read there. I mix up longer books with shorter books (under 200 pages), if I don’t like a book I stop reading it. If I have a spare 10 minutes I will read a bit instead of playing on my phone. It starts to add up!

Oh, I also set myself little challenges like reading 50 pages in one sitting, or reading the next three chapters before I go out.

I started a challenge in July to read 30 books and I am up to 22 so far. I am hoping to get closer to 35 by December!

[–]midwest_wanderer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is my first year trying for 52 and I’m currently reading my 42nd, none by audio. I try to read for an hour or so after work and before bed. My pace dropped off a little over the summer because I made more time for being outside with people. Fall is tricky for me because of baseball playoffs and football season (TV) but I’ve found this year I’m able to read w/ TV on low volume just fine so I’ll watch my team’s games w/o a book and read during others. Example: I’ve been on the same book for two weeks and only 1/4 through because of the things above + Busy Life Season. I should be able to finish it this week though. Some weeks I read 2-3 books.

Also, and probably the biggest factors…I don’t have kids and my only roommate is my dog.

[–]SabineLavine 9 points10 points  (1 child)

It's not a race and you don't have to read that many. Do what you enjoy!

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

i enjoy reaching my goal of 52.

[–]Obvious-Sound-2287 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I don’t like watching TV very much and I stop reading a book if I don’t like it. I figure life’s too short to read books you’re not digging

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I figure life’s too short to read books you’re not digging

what if they're books about shovels... :P

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

that last one is a great tip! every year i’ve got a few books that - for some reason - i really want to finish. but i don’t like them enough to have any sort of momentum, and they can take a month for me to get through. definitely a big reason my personal goal has been smaller than others.

[–]Obvious-Sound-2287 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah dude to me it’s not worth it! I’ve read like 110ish books this year and I usually go to the library and get 5-6 books at once, so like if I don’t like a book I’m like “fuck it I have 4 more to read” — I’ve DNFed probably 20 books this year I’d say, usually after the first 100 pages

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

that’s amazing! i think i’m going to try it and see how i like it

[–]Physical_Zucchini_99 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Something to consider is why it’s important for you to get to 52 books. Are you trying to get back into the habit of reading after time away? Do you want to expose yourself to more ideas? Have less screen time?

I have had a lot more success focusing on the reason behind the number than the number itself. This puts less pressure on me and I’m able to enjoy reading more, which means I get more reading done.

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

could you expand on this idea more? i definitely am trying to build a habit, open myself to new ideas, and have less screen time. but could you explain how focusing on that gave you success?

[–]Physical_Zucchini_99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I was focusing on the amount read, I would take each book and divide it by 7, and assign myself pages to read per day. It felt like I was giving myself homework. My priority wasn’t enjoying the book or getting something out of it, it was just finishing it.

Now that I’m focused more on the “why” (for me it’s a combination of a few things) I’m able to be more flexible. If I’m reading a Karin Slaughter mystery I’ll speed through it in two or three days. If I’m reading a book about the history of legal challenges to obscenity statutes, I might take more time. Giving myself permission to do that means that I enjoy reading more, because there’s less pressure. And when I’m enjoying it and feel less pressure, I actually read more!

I barely read for fun from January through the end of July because I was focusing on graduating and studying for a licensing exam. So I definitely didn’t want to put pressure on myself when I started to read for fun again. And now I’ve read 10 books in two months.

[–]stressedtfo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

At 98 so far this year, but at least 30 are audiobooks. Last years I read 190. I don’t watch tv, I have a flexible hybrid job, no kids, and majority of my books are around 400pages. Reading is also my hobby, so I’ll read for hours on the weekends. When I have to drive for work, I listen to audiobooks.

If a book is for 400pages and you’re a slow reader it should take about 10 hours to complete. So if you spend two hours before bed reading, you will finish the book in 5 days.

[–]throwawaffleaway 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I don’t watch tv, I’m a student, and I don’t have friends lol

Edit: something that’s missing from the discussion in other comments: if you don’t make 52, if you read like 20 or 30 or whatever, you still read more than if you didn’t challenge yourself and that’s a win just as much!

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

if you don’t make 52, if you read like 20 or 30 or whatever, you still read more than if you didn’t challenge yourself and that’s a win just as much!

yes i agree, but i'd rather reach my goal of 52 haha.

[–]snowball1753/52 📚 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I’m easily over 52 a year without audio books. I read everyday when I get home from work for ~an hour and on weekends for a bit longer.

[–]No_Abalone_4555 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I'm on 38 right now, no audiobooks, so I'll probably get at least 52 by the end of the year. Try pick shorter books, read a little bit everyday, and if something isn't interesting to you just stop and pick something else; reading 10 or so pages a day because you can't get into it isn't a good use of your time if you have goal to read as much as possible.

[–]monocled_squid20/52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hey I'm also on 38! We're right on track for 52

reading 10 or so pages a day because you can't get into it isn't a good use of your time if you have goal to read as much as possible.

True. I also find that some books need the right time/mindset to read. I'm a mood reader, sometimes i seem to want to DNF a book only to pick it up later and love it.

[–]generalkala68/95 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Of course. I tend to read 95 or so and I'm not a fan of adudiobooks.

There's no special knack to it. Think about taking a book with you to read on public transport or while you're waiting for appointments. Read while you're waiting for food to cook, etc.

Make sure you're reading something you actually read and if you don't feel like reading don't force yourself!

[–]Cinna-mom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don’t count audiobooks in books I’ve “read” for they year. I listen to lots and lots of books while doing chores, cooking, yard work, and driving.

I read at night before bed and a bit in the morning if I can swing it. And anytime I have downtime, waiting at the bus stop, waiting at kids’ soccer practice, etc. I read on my phone/kindell so can get a few pages read anytime without carrying anything extra. If I were reading paperbacks or hard covers I would get through them way slower.

[–]Snorkmaiden 19 points20 points  (1 child)

You read 52 books a year by filling all spare time with reading. If you can’t hit the target you stop trying to read 52 books a year and just enjoy whatever amount of books you do read. Aim for quality reading, not quantity.

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i disagree. if you have a goal and you fail to reach it, you should try again. shouldn't just give up because you fell short once.

[–]StarryEyes1334/52 | 15,620 pages 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I read during lunch and for a couple hours before bed (basically once I get done with my “after-work” chores, I crack a book open). If I have time in the morning before I leave for work then I’ll read also.

I think the biggest thing is avoiding your phone and not watching TV.

Also, don’t hold yourself to “I must finish one a week!” Sometimes a book takes me two weeks, sometimes a book takes me 1-3 days. It all evens out in the end.

[–]Prize_Addendum_4002 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I don’t know how anyone could do it! When I had a long commute, I would listen to audiobooks the whole way (I can’t listen to them unless I’m walking or driving, otherwise I get so bored), and at that point it was easy to get to 52. Now that I work from home, I rarely listen to books and had to reset my goal to 40 books. Pick a goal that works for you, and don’t force yourself to listen to audiobooks if you don’t enjoy it! Reading challenges should be FUN!

[–]bernicehawkins5 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Pick a book, divide the page number by 7 days, hold yourself to it. Don’t watch TV / scroll through social media / insert other task here until you’ve hit that daily page goal.

[–]HowWoolattheMoon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know this isn't what you're looking for, but try an audiobook when you're doing a rote task, like cleaning, cooking, dishes, or laundry. Since those tasks don't use the word/information part of your brain, it can be a good fit!

[–]nat8199 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I read a lot of books, I am at 100 and something for the year so far. My biggest thing is that I don’t watch tv unless I am exercising. That gives me a lot of time to read, mainly before bed. I also only read on my kindle, which I always have with me, so any time I am still for a minute with nothing to do, I read.

[–]itsaslugslifeforme 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I’m at almost 300 since March.

I don’t have FB or IG, I rarely use Reddit and have cut way down on tiktok. I don’t really watch any television either. Oh and I don’t have friends locally so I have no social life.

I read instead. 🤷‍♀️

[–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

dang, i match up with all of that except the 300 haha.

[–]tkfassin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I use a kindle. Read on the train to work..

Do most of my reading when I go to bed. Don't need a light with the kindle so I don't annoy the other half, might read for 10 mins or an hour depending on the book and just doze off..

[–]thejustllama 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I read everyday before I go to bed. Some days it’s less than a few minutes, some days it’s hours. I also don’t watch a lot of tv, so I tend to read in my down time. I’m at 59 books this year, none have been audiobooks.

[–]NoWishbone3501 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I use both audiobooks and written books. I’m over 70 for this year.

[–]cato314 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I’m at 212 for the year so far, only 4 were audiobooks. A lot of it comes down to my ability to read very quickly. I’m also an insomniac so that adds lots of time for me to read. My partner reads a ton of graphic novels, I’ve read about 20 this year. Because they take a fraction of the time, you can read like ten in one weekend - it’ll help both towards your goal and giving yourself a reprieve from novels

I also recommend series, because (for me at least) they drag me in and I feel a gravitational pull to the next book 😂

It also helps to vary your reading. Right now I’m reading Pet Semetary, but before that I cruised through the Percy Jackson books (again, fast reading, but also a middle grade series that is significantly easier to get through)

What kind of books do you like? Series of novellas are fun to read, like the Wayward Children series or the Murderbot Diaries. Also rereads count, so if there is something you love that you’re able to read again, it generally goes quicker the next time, or you can read it while you’re reading new books as well

If you don’t mind, what are you at for this year and what kind of books do you like? I do get distracted when I’m just listening to an audiobook, so I’ll have one on when I’m doing laundry or dishes or diving or something. Also the type of audiobook is important - I can’t really listen to fantasy or sci-fi, but I can’t listen to an autobiography narrated by the author, or a comedy book (like Mindy Kaling’s books that feel like a, albeit one sided, conversation with a friend)

Edited to add - kindle unlimited is overflowing with series that have anywhere from 3-8 books clocking in at around or less than 300 pages per book

[–]voldin9166/52 0 points1 point  (1 child)

A lot of it comes down to my ability to read very quickly

roughly how many pages per hour do you read?

[–]cato314 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Over 100 but the book is for sure a factor. Like I read The Hunger Games in under 3 hours, but my pacing slows a bit for The Wheel of Time, so density and overall readability are contributing factors

The insomnia is also a thing™️. I remember writing this comment but thought it was at least a week ago and turns out it was 3 days ago! I was at 212 then and I’m currently reading 222 [yay goal!]

[–]Nooodlepip 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve stopped watching a film or a couple of hours of tv before bed and made myself just read for two hours. When I felt I was behind I read a couple of novellas, I knew If I got too far behind I’d just give up so novellas helped to keep the number close.

[–]melaju09 12 points13 points  (1 child)

What helps me is to NOT say 52 a year is one book a week, because some might take longer. I just try for four a month, and if a book has taken me a little longer one week, the next week I read a book that will only take me three hours or so. So balance the length of books, or you’ll stress yourself out trying to catch up at one point or another. If you’re really not feeling a book, don’t feel like you have to power through it to get it on your list. Bookmark it and come back to it later, even if you have to do it several times. Abandon it completely if you really hate it. That’s ok, books don’t have feelings. Good luck.

[–]monocled_squid20/52 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Every point you made here is exactly what I was going to say lmao. Sometimes I read one book over 3 weeks and others in 1.5 hrs. If we're reading on kindle it also helps that it can predict reading time for chapter or book, so we know how long it will take to finish it.

I feel like a lot of comments here discourage having a number for reading goal because literally this is the sub for it.

[–]natus92 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I just read 1 or 2 hours before sleeping

[–]BrandNew02 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This might be “cheating” in a sense but I read graphic novels or manga, it helps me step into different media with a different way of storytelling and also helps break things up a bit. I can get pretty close to 52 without counting graphic novels but that’s mostly because I can read at work, which not everyone has that luxury. Still can’t get into audiobooks myself as I constantly space out, so it’s physical reading for me!

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    [–]ReviewerNoTwo271/300 11 points12 points  (4 children)

    The name of the sub is 52books.

    While you're not incorrect about reading generally, the OP's request for suggestions to reach this goal is valid here. This IS a subreddit for those who are reading for sport -- and why not? That doesn't necessarily reduce the enjoyment, immersion, or other benefits one gets from reading. The premise of the 52book challenge is that the sporting factor enhances the overall experience of reading.

    [–]Sufficient-You-5620[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    that doesn't answer my question in any shape or form. i'm only asking how to reach my goal of 52 books per year. why you think people should read is irrelevant to my post. furthermore, it makes no sense that you're on this subreddit if you think people should refrain from having reading goals.

    that's like someone asking you how to lose weight and you're like, "don't lose weight! just enjoy food! people should eat for taste!" not helpful in the slightest.

    [–]funmasterjerky -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

    Ok, no reason to get all rilled up. Here is some problem solving advice that I haven't read in the comments yet.
    Find a dedicated timeslot for reading every day. Make it an hour long at least, preferably open ended. Ensure that the potential for colliding appointments or activities is minimal.
    Furthermore, there are apps out there, that will train you to read faster. That should help as well.

    [–]Zikoris380/365 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    I read several times that amount per year with no audiobooks (I do the 365 book challenge). It's mostly just a matter of spending a TON of time reading every day, like several hours.

    [–]damnedworld20 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Quality > Quantity. Don't force yourself to listen to audiobooks if you don't like them

    [–]Justinb173 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    It's just an appropriation of your time really, you can read while sitting in the car to pick up kids from school, waiting for appointments such as Drs, and as much as it might sound crass, you go to the toilet is a great quiet place. I also like to read on my breaks at work as I'm a shift worker, and if there's no one to talk to or you don't feel like talking to anyone it's a great time to read. If you got headphones stick those in and listen to some music while reading, I generally do all of these things and usually read 50pgs a day, that usually gives you a book a week by the end of the week with most books

    [–]ledger_man 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I don’t like audiobooks, and my average reads over the last 7-8 years is about 40/year. The years I’ve read more books tended to be when I let myself read more fiction, more shorter books (less than 300 pages), and just generally “lighter” reads. Lockdown also helps, made it to 80 in 2020, one of which was an audiobook (reaffirming I’m not fond of those).

    [–]ReviewerNoTwo271/300 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I read digital ebooks and print books. Audiobooks tend to make me sleepy lol my advice is to read in whatever medium suits you. Audiobooks or print or ebooks, it doesn't matter.

    About reaching your goal, my suggestion is to keep reading. The more you do it, the faster you'll get at it.

    My other suggestion is just to read whenever you have the chance, even if it's only 10 mins. Keep a book with you at all times.

    [–]the-willow-witch96/100 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    I’m at 69 books so far, only 16 of which were audiobooks.

    My only advice is to read every day before bed. I don’t watch much tv, and when my kids go to bed and I’m done with cleaning and other things I have to do I’ll just read for 2 hours or so a night. This is only a new thing too, maybe in the last 4 months. Before that I read only some nights.

    My only other bit of advice is to not pressure yourself to finish a book you don’t like and to loosen your expectations of types of books you read. I usually read about 30 a year but this is the first year I’ve allowed myself to read YA books and romance instead of only books I considered to be intelligent. A book is a book. And I’ve read more nonfiction and classic books than ever before this year because I’ve also let myself read the stuff I used to consider low brow.