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Five Top Tips for Reading More Books

I’m a big reader. I got off track logging my books as I read them in Goodreads this year to prove I met my goal of over 100, but I’m confident I did. No doubt about it, even without the proof, I know I’m well over it. So if you’ve been wishing you’d find a way to read more books, I’ve got the tips for you! (And no, I’m not going to tell you to stop watching television. I love TV too.) Last year I shared ideas for How to Read More Books in 2016, and I’m back today with five more top tips to help you along the way. I recommend reading the first post for the entry-level ideas to get started, and adding in these next five to level-up your reading habits. Give yourself a book budget. I don’t mean this as a way to decrease your book spending, but to increase it guilt-free. If you’ve set aside X dollars for books per month, it’s perfectly fine to spend the entire amount on …

How to Read More Books in 2016

When I hear reading statistics about just how few books Americans are reading every year, it makes my heart hurt. According to a 2013 Pew report (“A Snapshot of Reading in America”), 76% of American adults read at least one book per year, which is actually more than I would’ve guessed. (I know too many non-readers! Hey, Dad! Read a book sometime this century!) Where it starts to make me sad is finding out that the average number of books read for everyone 18+ is twelve. T-W-E-L-V-E. That’s one per month and includes print, digital, and audio. If you’re a fellow data-nerd, take a peek at the report to see the numbers broken down by sex, race, age, education, income, and community. If you’re reading this, I’m going to go ahead and assume that lack of literacy isn’t holding you back in life. But, it is a problem for some Americans in ways that matter to us all, like this one: Nearly 85% of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system & …

Reminders & Tips for Life

One of the absolute best parts of being an adult for me has been knowing myself so well, fully accepting who I am, and being happy about it. It’s awesome. There’s no reason to worry about what someone else is thinking about me and I’ve got zero hours to dedicate to not doing exactly what I want to be doing. This has gotten even easier in my thirties. So, here’s my quick & simple advice for living a great life, being cool with who you are, and finding your slice of happiness: First, stop thinking and saying negative things about yourself. Guilty pleasures? You don’t have any! There’s no reason to have guilt over watching a long-running TV drama or reading regency romance or whatever you prefer. You like what you like & that’s awesome. (Hi, I still watch Grey’s Anatomy. Also, I’ve read dozens of romance novels this year and they’re fantastic.) Also, basically always do this: And say what you want: Bitch? Please, like you care if some jerk calls you that. Pfft. Never be silenced. And …