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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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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