Reading Hacks: How to read more books in less time

If you’re like me, your “want to read” list grows at a much faster rate than your “have read” list. I feel like there are so many books out there and I just can’t get to them all.

Over my time, though, I have discovered a few methods to read more books in less time. In this post, I want to share a few of the things I do to get through as many books as I can in a shorter amount of time.

1. Read on a Smaller Screen

For the longest time, I couldn’t decide whether it was just an illusion or if I could really read fast when I’m looking at a smaller screen. I certainly feel like I’m flying through a book when I’m reading it on my phone, because the screen only fits about 100 words on a page. I get to flip the page every couple of seconds, and it really makes me feel like I’m reading at lightning speed.

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Nostalgia by M. G. Vassanji

Title: Nostalgia
Author: M. G. Vassanji

My Rating: ♥♥♥

NostalgiaNostalgia was the fifth book I read out of the eight that I have chosen to look at from the CBC Canada Reads 2017 Longlist. It’s interesting sometimes when I look back at the list to see why I picked something. I wrote that I thought it sounded interesting because “It deals with the problems of memory that we might face should we overcome the impediments to immortality.”

Well, the book didn’t really turn out to be about that. The main character, Dr Frank Sina, lives in a world in the future (the specific time was never really defined), where people can choose to abandon their lives and be given a new physical and psychological persona – a process called rejuvenation. It seemed to be something more for the privileged few, and in fact it has cause something of a rift between two distinct sectors of the world population – those who can and those who can’t. Continue reading

Waiting for First Light by Roméo Dallaire

Title: Waiting for First Light
Author: Roméo Dallaire

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Waiting for First LightThis is the fourth book that I have read from the CBC Canada Reads 2017 Longlist, and probably the first one that I can see actually making it into the shortlist. Roméo Dallaire is a retired Canadian Army general, and a former senator. He was in command of a Canadian peacekeeping mission in Rwanda during the genocide in the 90s. This book is about the effect that the horrible, horrible things that happened in Rwanda have had on the rest of his life ever since he came home. Continue reading

Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer

Title: Quantum Night
Author: Robert J. Sawyer

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Quantum NightI picked this book from the Canada Reads 2017 longlist for a couple of reasons. First, I thought I had never read anything by Robert J. Sawyer but I had been meaning to. Well, I found out that I did in fact read something by him, which was the WWW trilogy a few years ago. I remember really enjoying that trilogy, and that’s probably why I had it in my head that I wanted to read more by the same author.

The second reason why I chose this book was for the theme of psychopathy. Well, even though psychopaths and the identification of them was a main theme of the book, this isn’t really the kind of psycho story I would normally go for. Now I know.

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Knucklehead by Matt Lennox

Title: Knucklehead
Author: Matt Lennox

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

KnuckleheadI’ll admit I was skeptical when I started this book. It’s the second out of my eight picks from the Canada Reads 2017 longlist. The first one I read, Fifteen Dogs, was a bit of a bust in my opinion, and Knucklehead by Matt Lennox didn’t seem to be the kind of book I would normally read.

But once I got into it, Knucklehead started to grow on me. The book tells the story of Ashley Rosco, a small-town meathead kind of guy who works as a bouncer at the local bar and enters body-building competitions in his spare time. He’s in love with his cousin, who also happens to be dating his unsavoury friend Darren. Continue reading

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Title: The Light Between Oceans
Author: M.L. Stedman

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

The Light Between OceansSPOILER ALERT: I found it impossible to write this review without giving away some aspects of the story that might be spoilers. You’ve been warned.

I first heard of M. L. Stedman’s novel The Light Between Oceans when the movie came out. I was busy at the time and missed the film, but then my book club announced that we’d be reading this book for January, so I decided it was my chance to get to know this story.

Tom Sherbourne has served in World War 1, and, back in Australia, he starts working at various lighthouses. He is posted to Janus Island, a remote rock in the middle of nowhere out in the ocean. It’s while he’s in a nearby town that he meets his future wife, Isabel, a joyful and somewhat naiive country girl.

They have a peaceful and private life on Janus, but their happy marriage is overshadowed by Isabel’s multiple miscarriages. They so want to start a family together, but unfortunately they have 3 miscarriages in a row. Then a mysterious boat with a dead guy and a little baby girl washes up, and their lives take a dramatic change… Continue reading

The Way I Read: e-Readers, Phone Apps, and Real Books

I’ve always loved the smell and feel of real books. When e-readers first came out, I stubbornly refused to get one. I thought I would miss turning the pages and smelling the dusty library book smell. So I suck with real books. Sometimes, I would take out 10 or more books from the library, stacking them around my room in order of when they were due back. I loved all of them.

In 2012, I had to have surgery that involved a recovery of at least 6 weeks when I couldn’t lift anything heavy. I knew I’d be laid up for at least a week with nothing to do except read a pile of books, and I’d possibly be unable to get out to the library. That was when I decided to give an e-reader a chance.

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