How To Build A Reading Habit?

by | Nov 11, 2021

Reading Habit

Did you know that reading for just five minutes a day can help improve your memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills? That’s why it’s so important to develop a daily reading habit.

If you are looking to develop a reading habit, it is important that you start with the right mindset. Reading can be an incredibly rewarding experience but only if you approach it in the right way.

Reading is an incredible activity that has many benefits both in school and out of school. From improving your vocabulary to increasing your knowledge of the world around you, there are endless reasons why people should make time for this hobby.

Many people desire to develop a reading habit but are unable to do so due to a lack of time. I used to be one of those people. I’ve utilized a variety of strategies to help me read more and develop a daily reading habit. The following are some examples.

Make a reading list.

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You’ll need a list to support your reading goal after you’ve completed it. Make a note of all the fantastic novels you want to read. Look for recommendations from friends and mentors. It’s critical to maintain a journal, notepad, or excel spreadsheet with notes about the books you’d want to read each month or even year.

You’ll avoid perusing any book that goes by if you’re intentional about your reading list. If you think reading marketing/sales books would be beneficial to your professional path, make a list of some fantastic marketing novels and go through with it.

A reading list will also help you stay organized. Take it a step further by keeping a log linked to that list, which includes the start and conclusion dates, key points, or lessons; so you may quickly tick off when you’ve completed each book.

You may still have a lot of useful information in your favorite novels even if they are no longer being read. These books will be useful to you for a long time. Keep note of any insights or ideas you get from reading them so that you can refer to them later on, just in case inspiration strikes at some point.

You may also make your own lists, as well as utilize other people’s lists. The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels and GoodReads is a fantastic resource for finding reading recommendations.

Set a goal.

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It’s critical to start by establishing a goal in order to build a reading habit and culture. This objective should be stated clearly and justified with a purpose.

Begin by considering how a consistent reading habit may assist you in developing in several areas of your life, such as spirituality, education, career, relationships, and more. You’ll be more inclined to keep going if you can provide logical reasons and motivation for your goal.

For some, it may be a goal to read 24 books in a year. Another person’s objective might be 12 depending on various variables. Once you’ve decided on a target number for your reading goal, divide them into more manageable objectives.

For example, if you want to read 12 books in a year, reading at least one book every month is an excellent way to go. Don’t regard it as a burden; make it a fun experience.

Read with a Pencil.

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I like to read with a pencil, underlining, make little notes, and so on. I believe this helps me stay more engaged in the book; as a result, it produces an improved reading experience. However, I also think that it aids long-term memory recall and contributes to a more pleasurable reading experience in general.

When I read, I always write with a pen or pencil. And I have a method for annotating my novels that goes like this:

  • I underline anything exciting. If it’s a lengthy bit of text, I’ll just draw a vertical line next to it in the margin.
  • I put a “Q” next to anything that seems like a really beautiful quotation that I’d want to remember or utilize in my own work.
  • Any particularly excellent notion or technique I’m thinking of or drawing a box around.
  • I might write something like, “This reminds me of [book/film/memory],” or anything else to that effect in the margin next to it.
  • A book usually has a few key, essential ideas. These are highlighted in the margins with a star next to them.

In addition to making the entire reading experience more enjoyable and fun, having a pencil and a basic notation system like this makes it really simple for me to go back through a book I’ve already read and look for quotations, major ideas, methods, etc. I can simply flip through the book in seconds, spot stars in the margins, and know exactly where all of the critical ideas are, such as.

Get a Reading Partner or Book Club.

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Book clubs, sadly, seldom live up to my expectations—intellectually stimulating investigations of major ideas and important concepts. Instead, they usually end up as a round table of excuses about why no one had time to read the book, followed by lots of eating and drinking.

However, I still believe that encouraging people to read together improves and maintains a reading habit. And one method to do so is to acquire a single Book Buddy. A Book Buddy may take many forms.

It’s a two-person book club, where you read the same book at the same time and meet regularly to talk about it.

A Book Buddy can be a friend with whom you share similar book tastes and exchange recommendations and brief comments from time to time.

They may be someone with whom you share the same interests and ask for recommendations from—similar to a book mentor.

A Book Buddy can be an accountability partner, someone you agree to check in with on a regular basis and who will ensure that you stay committed to a reading goal or intention you establish.

You might also have a Book Buddy who’s simply a training buddy, someone you compete against and use as motivation to read more by setting a mutual challenge.

Or it could be something else entirely I haven’t thought of!

The point I’m going to make is that, depending on the book and your reading goals and aspirations, a form of social interaction can really improve both the enjoyment of your reading experience and help you stay on track with your reading objectives.

Bring books everywhere.

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Not knowing what your next book will be and not having it ready are simple ways to snuff out your reading momentum. Furthermore, in order to keep a consistent reading habit, you must make the choice to read again when you finish a book. This may be a somewhat hidden source of friction in maintaining a regular reading practice.

Here’s the little trick you can use to help you always keep a book on deck:

When you’re starting a new book, page-dogear a random section about two-thirds of the way through. Then, if you don’t remember to do so already, this page will remind you to cue up your next read.


To create a reading culture, you must first assess your current reading habits. Do you read at all? Do you typically start and stop reading? Do you plan your readings or just read as the mood strikes you?

Setting up simple systems, utilizing the appropriate reading tools, locating accountability partners, and generally being compelled to go beyond your comfort zone are all necessary in order to achieve your reading objectives and develop a consistent reading habit.



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