I find myself wondering how I would finish 100+ books in my catalogue. My Kindle Paperwhite has 130 books loaded. I also have a few paperbacks because who can resist the smell of a book? Having too many books to read is every bookworm’s dilemma (or dream perhaps?) and I’d like to share a few tips for you to finish your treasure trove of books.

  1. Find pockets of time when you can read

It’s nice to spend an entire afternoon reliving Harry Potter and the Half-blood prince for the 5th time, but the real-world seldom grants us that luxury. So find pockets of time throughout the day when you can read. Here are a few:

  • when you wake up and before you go to bed
  • while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store
  • during your long commute in the train
  • those long trips in the bathroom

It’s better to read a few pages a day than nothing at all. You’ll surprise yourself that you can finish a book with these brief moments.

  1. Use different mediums

Embrace different media available for reading. While cuddling a paperback has its own unique feel, there may be instances where it will be inconvenient to bring an 800-page book. Some options that you can use:

  • Physical copy of the book, hardbound or paperback
  • E-readers like the Kindle, Nook, or Kobo e-readers.
  • Your phone. There are apps for the top sellers like Amazon or Kobo. You can also find a lot of e-book readers in iOS and Android.
  • Audio. Convenient when you’re on the go and doing other things.
  1. Read more than one book at a time

This may be counter intuitive, but in my experience, I’m almost reading every day whenever I have multiple books to read. Usually, we read depending on our mood. When you’re reading only one book, pushing yourself to read a difficult chapter will not help you finish the book faster. Unlike when you have different options, you can choose what to read depending on your mood.

I read 2 to 3 books at a time and my setup is like this:

  • When I’m reading a non-fiction book, I read a fiction book along with it.
  • When I’m reading a paperback, I also have a book or two in my Kindle.
  1. Track your reading

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. It also feels good whenever you set a book to finished. I use Goodreads to track my reading. It also has a reading challenge where you can set how many books you want to read for the year(I pledged to read 40 this year, fingers-crossed). Connect with me on Goodreads.

  1. Stop reading when you don’t like the book

I was once the type of reader who will finish a book because I have already started it even though the story is bland. But that changed and now I don’t feel any remorse when I stopped reading a book. It might be difficult at first, but it would help you save time and let you enjoy other books. Don’t be afraid to stop reading a book if you don’t like it.

I hope these tips will help you read faster and enjoy more of the alternate worlds between the pages of a book. Let me know if you have any other tips.

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