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Reading books: this is how to reach your goal

3 Feb 2020
by Linda Canter

It’s hard to remember how life looked without people looking on their smartphones every single free second. It’s fine to be behind a screen if that’s your job. But that doesn’t mean you have to be playing on your your phone, tablet, laptop, game computer and TV even after work. Do you remember the last time you finished a book? challenge yourself to read a certain number of books this year!

My goal: to read 50 books

I love to read. I read in bed every day on my e-reader, but I also like to pick up a (real) book in the evenings. I also encourage my kids, aged 6 and 7, to read. And of course, my husband and I read to them every day. We do this both in Dutch and in English, because we lived in an English-speaking country for a few years. When I tell them it’s time to read on their own, they always start complaining. But after the obligatory fifteen minutes they are suck into the story, that they won’t stop.

Set a goal

Personally I set a goal to read 50 books this year. So about one book a week. Not much at all, if you ask me. I keep track of the number of books I have read in an app, where you can find and note all books - whether you have finished it, are currently reading or want to read. The app also has a website if it suits you better: it’s called Goodreads.

Put that phone aside

I've always enjoyed reading, but there was a time I was sucked in my phone completely. Multiple times I went to bed early to read, but after an hour of aimless scrolling on Instagram, I put my phone down beside me to go to sleep. So about three years ago I decided to ban the phone from my bedroom. It is now charging on the kitchen counter at night.

Take a subscription at the library

I love new books, but I also like to declutter. Moreover, I don't want to spend a thousand euros on new books each year. So I mainly read books I lend at the library. When I come across a book in a magazine or store, I save the title and author and put it on my Goodreads want-to-read list. Every once in a while I reserve all the books on that list at the library: they usually do not all arrive at the library at the same time. Children up to the age of 18 are often free members and enjoy themselves in the library.

Or take a subscription to Kobo Plus

Although you can also borrow e-books at the library, in my experience these are often old books or books from lesser-known authors. As I like to read new books for well-known authors, I don’t use these e-books. So I also have a subscription to Kobo Plus. You can borrow unlimited e-books for ten euros a month. And yes, there are a lot of top 10 and new books. During the holidays I devour around four or five books. Do you also want to put e-books on your e-reader? Download them in advance when you are still home, so you won’t need WiFi.

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