Ten secrets for effective reading.

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Every book gives you an opportunity to learn new things and explore new ideas. But it takes a great level of effort and time to complete a book. Most people give up reading before reaching the final page of the book. In the next few minutes we will see the ten secrets for effective reading.

1. Divide and Conquer.

Devoting a small amount of time to reading everyday adds up quickly. Set a goal for how many pages you want to read per day. For bigger books with lots of pages, divide the number of pages in a book by how quickly you want to finish it.

2. Read First Thing in the Morning.

A lot of advice about how to read more books recommends reading before bed. While we like to squeeze in a chapter or two before bed. But if reading is the first thing you do in the morning, you may get done with few more chapters effectively.

3. Take an Online Challenge.

As with new year’s resolutions or other big lifestyle changes and goals, setting an intention publicly often helps you stick to it. Book clubs and other online book communities can help hold you accountable to meeting your reading goals.

4. Always Keep a Book With You.

You might have more downtime than you think. Sitting idle waiting for someone, stuck at the delayed transports, or whatever free time you got, you can read some extra pages in the meantime. Its better if you always keep a book with you.

5. Read Shorter Books.

If you want to read more books, browse short stories, essay collections, and poetry books. They are also great for readers with short attention spans. Or, try alternating lengths between reads like one long book and one short book.

6. Have a Pile of To Be Read Books.

A pile of to-be-read books are the mark of an avid reader. Keeping a book or two on the deck can also help you up your reading intake. The bigger your pile, the more likely you are to make time to read so you can discover even more books.

7. Don’t be Afraid to Put Down a Book.

Put down the book if you are feeling bored or having no interest to read the book anymore. Of course, there’s no reason to speed through books just for the sake of moving on to the next one. Don’t be afraid to put down a book.

8. Read Book Review Before Starting Up.

Book reviews make books a known quantity. In fact, book reviews help potential readers become familiar with what a book is about, opinions from a reader’s perspective and determine whether this book will be the right book for them right now.

9. Try Reading E-books.

E-books are the digital copies of the actual books. You can even try reading those books if you don’t like carrying books with you or if you cannot get a book you wanted from the store. E-books can be an edge for readers who enjoy using gadgets.

10. Try Listening to Audio-books.

Audio-books are simply the books that speak to you. We often have situations where we find ourselves embarrassing or uncomfortable to read. In noisy environments like public places its difficult to read a book, but you can listen to one.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

Sir Richard Steele.
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Author: Madhusudhan

Learner. Reader. Writer.