Tips for Becoming a Voracious Reader

Reading has been the single most productive and rewarding habit that has helped transform my life. From reading 6 books in 2014 to devouring 37 books in 2020; the journey has had a pivotal role to play in broadening my horizon, and improving my analytical prowess. Whenever students and young professionals approach me for career advice, the first thing I tell them is to read deeply and widely. I have collated a few points that can help someone become a voracious reader.

· Start reading those books that you can easily finish; helping bolster your confidence level. Eventually, focus on more complex books that resonate with your interests and career aspirations.

· Make a habit of reading every day. I read at least 45 minutes immediately after waking up in the morning and 45 more minutes before sleeping at night.

· Have a pipeline of books that you can immediately pick up after finishing a book.

· Use Goodreads to keep track of the books that you have read and also plan on reading soon. Reading challenges can also help you to stay on course in meeting the annual reading target.

· Get used to carrying an e-book wherever you’re traveling and take advantage of any downtime to read a few more pages.

· Listen to audiobooks while exercising or while completing household chores. Suggest subscribing to Audible.

· Summarize the key takeaways from the book that you have read in your journal. This would help absorb and retain the key essence of the books that you have completed.

· Maintain a healthy mix of fiction and non-fiction books in your reading list.

Hope you find the aforementioned points useful. Let me know if you have additional tips.

Happy reading!

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