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8 Ways to Do More Reading Over the Holidays

December 5, 2019

The busy season is just around the corner, and life is definitely about to get much more hectic with parties, shopping, baking, and other celebratory holiday traditions. With all of the holiday madness and the busy schedule, what’s a bookworm to do? Don’t worry book nerds, we’ve come up with some great ways to sneak in some precious time for reading over the holidays.

1. Inspire the joy of reading with the whole family


We know, we know. Reading is traditionally a solitary and sacred oasis for many book lovers; but during the holidays, you’ve got to get that reading in one way or another! Why not share the joy of reading with your family? Whether you read a holiday classic independently or as a family, taking turns, you’re spending time doing what you love most – reading! You never know, it just may become a new holiday tradition for years to come, making this season more merry and bright!


2. Plan a bedtime reading date 


Just you, yourself and your book. We know what you’re thinking: after a long day of holiday shenanigans, all you want is your bed and sleep. But trust us, before bed is the perfect time to unwind and curl up with a good book! Find your inner night owl and select your book of choice. You don’t have to read for a long time, just a couple of pages will be enough to give you a taste of the reading you were longing for all day. Plus, it will just make you eager to wake up and finish that chapter … or the entire book! 


3. Start your morning with a reading sesh


You know what’s to come: so many long and busy days that will leave you more than a little strapped for time. So why not wake up earlier to kick start your morning off with an enjoyable read. Or, you can wait a little longer to see if there’s a new book under the Christmas tree just calling your name. The important thing to remember is to pause and make the time in your busy morning for reading. You aren’t fooling us, we know you want to and just a little time is all you need!


4. Always be prepared


This probably goes without saying: make sure to bring a book (okay… or books) wherever you go. There is nothing worse than realizing you could have had time to read, all the while wishing you brought a book with you. The key is to always be prepared for a potential reading situation. This way, if you do find some precious, precious downtime in your busy day, you’ve found the perfect excuse to do the reading you’d been hoping for. Trust us, you will not regret it!


5. Explore new reading opportunities


This one goes hand-in-hand with always being prepared. The truth is, sometimes bringing a physical book with you is hard, and can be a bit impractical. While physical books are definitely our favorite method of reading, there are other ways to access books that may suit your needs for reading over the holidays. 


Ebooks are a good way to bring many stories with you at once and can be easily added to your everyday devices. (Excuse us while we check our phone for the latest chapter … oh sorry! we mean “email”).


But what if you don’t have time to sit down and read? No problem! Audiobooks are another great option and can also be stored in your mobile devices. Compact and readily available means that you can discreetly listen to your current read throughout your day. Just don’t forget the headphones!


6. Start with something small


We know that all bookworms long to finish a good story; however, if you don’t have time in your day to read or don’t want to get caught up in a book you know you’ll want to finish, then perhaps a riveting short story or an online article might be the best option for you. There are so many great options out there to choose from, but if you’re not sure where to start, we recommend you check out our blog post 12 Book Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019 for some helpful bookish options to read over the holidays.


7. Set a reading goal


If you know you won’t have time to sit and read for as long as you’d like, set a reading goal for yourself! This could be a few pages, a chapter or two, or whatever you feel up to. The real goal is to make time for what you love! Plus, if you’re a booklover who sets reading challenges for yourself regularly, you know just how good it will feel once your goal is achieved. What a jolly good way to make your day more fun!


8. Overall, make time for yourself


No matter what, the overall message we want to share is to make time for yourself. This season can be so chaotic and it’s often hard to make that time; but if it puts a smile on your face, it’s definitely something that is important. It doesn’t just have to be reading over the holidays, it can be anything that makes you happy. So take that second, minute or hour to do what you love. It will be worth it! 


Most of all, we want to wish each and every single one of you amazing book lovers a great and happy holiday. We hope it’s book-filled!


Myranda from Book Outlet


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