Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to guest post on my friend Val’s blog in her Fresh Start series. I wrote all about how I became a reader and how the thought of reading used to be so incredibly boring to me. Like stare-at-one-page-for-30-minutes-like-I-did-for-my-high-school-homework boring. It wasn’t until later in life that I became an avid reader, and I am a different person because of it. A better person. In fact, I’m a better wife, a stronger believer, a more informed citizen, a better manager of my time, a more focused business woman, an inspired photographer, a healthier person, and a more confident individual. All because of the books I’ve read!
Tips to help you become a Reader
1. Only select books that come recommended by a trusted source. (Need a few recommendations? Check out my Pinterest Pages: Books on Life + Faith, Business, and Enjoyment. To follow along with my current reads, follow my Instagram hashtag #nancyrayreads)
2. Choose a balance of books that touch on every aspect of life:
This allows me to mix it up and really stay sharpened as a person. I think you’re the best reader when you’re a well-rounded reader.
3. Read a little every day (I read at least 10-15 pages/day, during my morning routine. I occasionally read in the evenings, but usually I’m too sleepy!)
4. Read one book at a time (My husband disagrees on this one! I like the feeling of accomplishment it brings, and the focus it allows. But when it comes down to it, do what works for you.)
The first thing I do at the beginning of the year is set a goal for how many books I want to read. In 2014, my goal is to read 20 books. Then I create a list of more-than-enough books to choose from. That way, I can have a variety of books to choose from throughout the year. I typically compile this list during the previous year through various recommendations I hear from friends, blogs, etc. Here is my booklist for 2014!
Nancy Ray Reads : 2014 Book List
Social Relationships: Book Clubs and Small Group readings
– Holy Spirit : An Introduction
Want to read 2013’s Book List? Click here!
I’m considering signing up for Goodreads, to keep all of my book recommendations in one place. Do you have any thoughts on Goodreads if you use it? Where do you find your best book recommendations? I’d love to hear!