5 Ways to Read More in the New Year

Is reading more one of your resolutions for the new year? Here are some helpful ideas to make that dream a reality!

1. Set a realistic goal

Working in libraries, my To-Be-Read (TBR) list gets longer every day. There are currently more books on my "For Later" shelf than there are days in the year. I'm tempted to put every single exciting book I hear about on hold, but will easily get overwhelmed when they all arrive at the same time. No matter how much I may want to devour every new release, it's simply not possible without a Hermione Granger style Time Turner. That's what I love about the KCLS 10 to Try Reading Challenge. It's an achievable, realistic goal that every reader can manage.

2. Try audiobooks

You're never too old to enjoy the simple pleasure of being read to, and that's especially true with audiobooks narrated by your favorite authors, celebrities, and talented voice actors. Listening to audiobooks can be an entertaining way to multitask during activities that require your hands and eyes and might otherwise be a little boring- like commuting, washing the dishes, or exercising. I've found that adding audiobooks to my reading routine has dramatically increased the amount of time I can spend with stories during my day. Download the new Libby app for an easy way to borrow and enjoy all your favorites.

3. Read a graphic novel

Comics and graphic novels are a format rather than a genre, and there's a style and subject to suit every taste! Some comics are simple and cute. Others are densely illustrated, cerebral and literary. Whatever type of comics you enjoy reading, you may find that you can complete them quicker than a prose novel.  In addition to the beautiful artwork and innovative storytelling, the ease of reading and lower time investment can offer a rewarding sense of completion. Looking for titles to try? Check out these fiction graphic novels and nonfiction and graphic memoirs suggested by KCLS librarians. You can also enjoy a wide variety of comic and graphic novels, available to read digitally and instantly on hoopla

4. Join (or start) a book club

If you're someone who greatly enjoys socializing, sometimes reading can feel like a lonely activity. Books can also be a wonderful way to find community in fandoms, enjoy a shared experience, and gain insightful new perspectives. Want to make your reading a group activity? Grab your besties and your favorite beverages and start a book club, join one at your local library or discover a new one online, inspired by your favorite celebrity's reading list. 

5. Find your perfect book match 

Another great way to increase your reading is to connect with books that totally make you swoon. If you've ever picked up a popular title only to discover it wasn't for you, you may crave a more personalized suggestion than the best-sellers charts can offer. Your KCLS librarians want to help you find your next great read! Share your reading preferences and we'll send you a list of books chosen just for you. Try Book Match.

Have more great tips and reading rituals? Share them with us in the comments!

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