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Americans Are Reading Less Than Ever- Here are 4 Top Tips to Keep You Turning Those Pages

With funding for libraries and bookstores slowly disappearing, it’s no wonder that Americans aren’t reading as much as they used to. 

 

In a study conducted by Pew Research Centerthey found that Americans are reading fewer physical books, but are now listening to audiobooks. Up from 11% in 2011 to 18% in January of 2018, audiobooks are America’s new format for book consumption. 

 

As much as people like to blame Millennials for any downward trend, the decline in reading physical books doesn’t apply to them! 42% of Americans aged 18-24 (late Millennial and Gen Z) actually read more physical books than any other age group

 

With all of this information in mind, here are a few simple ways that you can bump up your book count for this year. 

 

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1. Read Books That You Actually Enjoy

 

If I have learned anything from my short life of reading, it is that I do not have time to finish books I do not like. While it may have been the hardest lesson I’ve had to learn in terms of reading, it has been the most helpful. Instead of wasting time on books I don’t like, I can spend more time on books I do enjoy. I usually give books a 80-100 page grace period where they can show just how good they are and if they don’t impress, they get the boot. 

 

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2. Always Have a Book With You

 

The same technique to drinking more water, always carry a book with you. After a while of carrying a book around, you’ll find little chunks of time to read that you hadn’t thought of previously. On the train, on the treadmill, waiting in line, everywhere! 

 

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3. Use Technology To Your Advantage

 

Using a smartphone to read is a double edged sword. On one side, you can carry hundreds of books everywhere with you in one tiny vessel while on the other side you can easily get distracted by notifications, apps, etc. while trying to read on your phone. Alternatively you can use apps like Overdrive, Libby, and Audible to listen to audiobooks wherever from your phone. 

 

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4. Schedule Time for Reading

 

Setting aside time for reading is a bit like setting aside time for self-care and can even be included in your self-care regimen. Dedicated reading time could range anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Setting aside time will help make it a habit. 

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