I hear people say all the time that they wish they could be a reader but they are too slow. Or they want to read SO many books, but don’t know how to get through them all since they are slow readers. Don’t worry! Us readers were all slow at some point.
For me, reading 5-6 books a month is great! BUT I know people who can read 15+ books in one month!!
When it comes to reading, do not compare yourself to others. We all are at a different pace, and have different lifestyles. Some have more time than others to be able to read a ton of books. If you want to read more at a faster pace here are 4 super easy steps to become a faster reader. Then you’ll get through all those of those books off your ‘to be read’ (TBR) list in no time!
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Read Faster in 4 Easy Steps
1. Read More
Practice makes perfect.
The most effective way to become a faster reader is to simply read more. The more you read, the faster your become. It really is that easy!
2. Chunk Words Together
Practice reading more than one word at a time.
Almost like skimming. You don’t have to read each and every single word to still comprehend the story. Try to skip the filler words that are just extra details for fluff.
When you start practicing to chunk words together, to help with your focus try to use a marker — your finger, piece of paper, bookmark, anything.
3. Set Goals
I wasn’t always able to read 5-6 books per month. This is a very recent thing and takes intentional effort!
In 2019, I set out a goal to read 30 books for the year. Unfortunately, I didn’t reach my goal. I was a little sad that I didn’t it, BUT I was still proud of myself for reading 24 books in one year! That’s more than I ever have. I could only read 2 books a month, which means it took me two weeks to finish ONE book! Which is OKAY!
For 2020, I decided to get a little ambitious and set a goal to read 45 books this year! In order to do that, I have to read 4 books a month. That’s one book per week! It was and is a little intimidating, but I am doing it and I have read some FANTASTIC books, it just takes effort and for you to set out the time for it.
So set a goal.
- Start out with how many books you want to read in a year. Do not feel pressured to read 20+ books. Do what works for your schedule, but challenges you as well. Try even making a goal for 6 books in a year, one book every other month. Or 12 books for the year, one book per month!
- Pick your first book and check out how many pages it has. Then divide the amount of pages by the amount of days in the month.
For example: 300 pages / 30 days = 10 pages a day!
But what if you only have time to read on the weekends? Then do 300 pages / 8 days = 38 pages each weekend day!
- Keep a reading journal to track your efforts. Grab a notebook and write down how many pages you read each day. I also use a free template that my friend Hannah creates that you can screenshot. Check out her Instagram Highlights.
So how many books do you intend to read this year?
4. Set a Timer
To help you see what your reading pace is now, and to help set a goal for what you want your reading pace to be… do the following:
- Grab an article or book
- Set a timer for 2-5 minutes
- Ready… Set… READ!
- Once the timer is up, count the amount of words you read and divide it by the number of minutes you took to read them.
For example: You set the timer for 2 minutes and you were able to read 475 words. So the calculation will be 475 / 2 = 237.5 words in two minutes.
If you don’t like your pace, follow the above steps. Just remember to set goals and practice, practice, practice!
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