Day 3366 – Read More Tip – Reading Challenges – Read A New Book Month Day 28

Holy smokes, I cannot believe Read A New Book Month is almost over. I truly hope you’ve found a book or increased your read count based on my suggestions. Today I have another tip: participate in reading challenges. I mentioned this a few days back, but I wanted to expound on it some more.

A pretty big game changer for me in my reading quantity and variety was joining reading challenges. You can read about the ones I’m working through on this post.

The challenges helped me to seek out books I never would have on my own. They introduced me to a few communities of book lovers.

There is a big world of books out there and doing a challenge will really help you to find them. I think my favorite this year has been The Mommy Mannegren 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge. Her Facebook group is one of my favorites too.

Are you doing a reading challenge this year? Let me know in the comments below!

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Day 3365 – Santa Bruce – A Great New Book In The Mother Bruce Series – Read A New Book Month Day 27

I mentioned Mother Bruce as a book to check out last week and when going to the Amazon site to get my affiliate link, I noticed there was a NEW book in the Mother Bruce series!

Santa Bruce* by Ryan T. Higgins was another wonderful journey into Bruce’s life. Poor Bruce has had many cases of mistaken identity and every one has been a joy-filled journey. I’m so glad to have found this series last year. If you’re looking for a new book to read to your kids, this is the one for you!

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Santa Bruce*

As a reminder, the links to the book on Amazon are affiliate links. As a reminder, an affiliate link is one that if you click and purchase the book (or something else) I’ll receive a small percentage at no additional cost to you. I ruthlessly only share products, services, books, etc, that I have personally used and only recommend what I think is useful and valuable. I’ve marked all affiliate links in this post with this little guy –> *

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Day 3364 – Read More Tip – Read Shorter Books – Read A New Book Month Day 26

One way you can skyrocket your read count is by reading shorter books, whether it’s a kid’s book or a commencement speech or even a graphic novel. If you’re having a hard time reading, this can be a great alternative for you. I’ve talked about how I read 200 kid’s book one year and it was really educational and encouraging. I’ve read a few graphic novel biographies, which is another way to get some learning in too.

Here are a few of my favorite shorter reads.

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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination* by J. K. Rowling

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Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know* by Mike Lowery

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Make Good Art* by Neil Gaiman

Find Momo: A Photography Book* by Andrew Knapp

This one right here is my favorite out of the bunch. I just love Momo and the places Andrew photographs of the hiding!

As a reminder, the links to the book on Amazon are affiliate links. As a reminder, an affiliate link is one that if you click and purchase the book (or something else) I’ll receive a small percentage at no additional cost to you. I ruthlessly only share products, services, books, etc, that I have personally used and only recommend what I think is useful and valuable. I’ve marked all affiliate links in this post with this little guy –> *

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Day 3363 – How To Read More – Read A New Book Month Day 25

I realized yesterday that all the best book recommendations in the world are useless if you don’t figure out one thing first – how to read more. Looking back, I should have started this month with tips, but ah, hindsight. So here are some tips to help you read more.

Make it a priority and do it first, or as early as you can. One thing I do almost every day is read from three different books. Even though I only read 2-10 pages from each book, it still adds up.

Make it fun. When I set my huge goal of reading 300 books this year, I hit a point where reading was just not fun. I found myself reading like I was in school. If you’re not having fun reading, change things up.

Stop reading a book if you don’t like it. This was a big shift for me over the past few years. I can sometimes tell in the first page or two if it’s a book for me. Sometimes I’ll stop after 50-100 pages (oh how hard that is when I’m trying to up my read count!) Sometimes a book will stress me out and I’m like, dude, why would I put myself through this?

Listen to them. Audiobooks are an amazing thing and can really help increase your read count. You can listen while doing the dishes or driving or while taking a walk or cleaning. Make sure to listen to a little bit of the book before you dive in. A good reader can make a hard book much easier (I finally read The Book Thief because of listening to it).

Join a book club. This is one thing I haven’t done yet, but I think I might enjoy it. Though, my reading tastes change a lot, so it might be harder for me to HAVE to read a book at a set time.

Do a reading challenge. I have had SO much fun doing reading challenges this year and last. They help to open your eyes to new books you might never read without the challenge.

Join Facebook groups. I’m in a few groups based around the reading challenges. Oh friends, that took my reading to a new level! I found people who loved to read as I did. Having a community to share your experiences with adds such a new level.

Have your books where you’ll read them. I have a stack by my bed. I have a stack next to my computer. I have audiobooks on my phone. I have books on CD from the library in the car.

You tell me. What do YOU do to read more? Let me know in the comments below!

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Day 3362 – Nineteen Minutes – A Book That Help You See Other Sides Of The Story – Read A New Book Month Day 24

I read Nineteen Minutes* by Jodi Picoult a few years back. Like all of her books, it caused me to think about a situation from different perspectives. This novel is not for the faint of heart, it’s topic, a school shooting, is very unsettling. What makes the story interesting is that she tells the story from many viewpoints. From the shooter to other students, to detectives, to judges, to parents of the shooter.

One thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is that most folks aren’t too keen to talk about the hard topics. Or, if they are, it’s in a very one-sided approach. While Jodi’s books tend to take a look inside perspectives we don’t normally look at. She doesn’t judge the perspective, she just expresses it as it is for the character.

If you want to learn how to see the world through another’s eyes, Nineteen Minutes, or any Jodi Picoult book, might be just the ticket.

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Nineteen Minutes*

As a reminder, the links to the book on Amazon are affiliate links. As a reminder, an affiliate link is one that if you click and purchase the book (or something else) I’ll receive a small percentage at no additional cost to you. I ruthlessly only share products, services, books, etc, that I have personally used and only recommend what I think is useful and valuable. I’ve marked all affiliate links in this post with this little guy –> *

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