8 Strategies to Read More in 2022

Is “reading more” on your list of things to do this year? Finding time to read isn’t always easy – life can often get in the way, and distractions are plentiful! So how can we devote more time to books and reading in the coming year? Here are 8 strategies to try, you’ll be surprised how much reading you can get done!

OK, now that you’ve found some time to read, here are a few tips for finding what to read.

Check out the FastTrack shelf when you’re at Cheshire Library. We reserve a copy of our most popular titles for the FastTrack shelf. These copies are immune from Holds, go out for 14 days, and cannot be renewed. If there’s a hot new book that you’re dying to read (or you just want to see what the hot new books are), check out this shelf each time you come into the library. They’re designed to move fast, so check back often!

Sign up for our New Items Newsletter. Powered by Wowbrary, our weekly e-newsletter shows you everything the library has purchased for the collection (including downloadable items) each week. You can get a jump on the Holds list by requesting items as soon as we’ve ordered them.

Browse the Staff Picks display. This wall of books is located near the Checkout area, and our staff keeps it filled with their favorites. Librarian approved!

Peruse the book lists in our online catalog. You can find the latest New York Times Bestseller lists, lists of our newest items, and Staff Picks (staff-created book lists on a wide range of topics).

Grab a Book Bundle. We bundle together 3 books on a similar theme and display them on the Book Bundle shelf in our lobby. The themes change frequently, check this shelf often!

Try our MatchBook service. Our personalized reading service will help you find your next book. Just answer a few questions on our online form and we’ll provide you with a selection of fresh reads based on your interests.

There are even more ways to find a good book on our website, check out our Find a Good Book page.

Rules for Living a Bookish Life

Bookworm tips from our Teen Librarian (and voracious reader), Kelley:

Book lover, bookworm, bookhound, bibliophile, reader, no matter how you phrase it, that’s me. I read every spare moment I can scrounge, and I’ll read pretty much anything –  the back of cereal boxes will do if there’s nothing else available. It makes me happy to spread a love of reading- I drop breadcrumbs connecting books and readers everywhere I go. I do this for my job as a librarian, of course, but it goes further than that for me- my whole life is enriched by books and reading. I live a bookish life, and I highly recommend it. Interested? Here’s how I do it:

RULES FOR LIVING A BOOKISH LIFE

1. Read, read, read – and read widely. Carry a book or eReader everywhere with you. Don’t ever be ashamed of what interests you. Just read!

2. Don’t continue reading books you don’t enjoy.  Life is too short, and there are too many other books out there. Quit books with reckless abandon.

3. Give yourself permission to read non-linearly, and don’t read every word of a book just to say you did. Skip chapters, jump around- you decide if what you get out of a book is sufficient or enjoyable.

4. Read just one book or multiple books at a time, and don’t feel obligated to “speed read”. Feel free to linger on passages that strike you as interesting or mean something to you.

5. Reconsider books you didn’t enjoy in the past. Time never stands still, and your attitude and life experiences are always changing and evolving.

6. Don’t worry about having more unread books than read ones. They remind us that we still have much to learn. That in life, there is always the next thing to discover.

7. Make use of your local library, and collect book recommendations everywhere. Ask people for their favorite books. Check bibliographies, look for references to books in other books.

8. Give yourself permission to re-read books you enjoyed in the past. You’ll probably remember things you had forgotten or notice things you never did before.

9. Don’t treat books as sacred (unless they are borrowed). Fold the corners, write and sketch in the margins. It’s the story that is sacred, not the container.

10. Break these rules! Don’t let me, or anyone else, tell you how to read. Find what’s right for you, stick to it- and enjoy.

After waxing all philosophical about books and reading, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least take the time to offer up some suggestions for a selection of interesting new(ish) books from a variety of genres- click on the titles to learn more and hopefully you’ll discover a new literary love. And remember- there’s no wrong way to read. As long as we’re learning, enjoying, and expanding our minds, we can only get better and better.