How to Finish a Book

How to Finish a Book

Do you have a pile of books that you keep meaning to read, that this year you will read them, or that you are determined to read. That pile continues to grow as friends recommend a new bestseller or Amazon sends you a price you can’t refuse! Not only do I have a physical pile of books, but my digital library is growing as well.

I finally pick a book and start to read. Months later, my bookmark hasn’t moved.

As a student in college, we would finish an entire textbook in just 18 weeks or less, and those books are big with fine print. I spent hours reading and taking notes, but I finished that book! So how can I apply that same determination to other books of my choosing.

First, I decide when I want to finish the book. A month, six weeks, or a year? Take the number of pages in the book and divide by the number of days you have to finish that book. Easy! Ten to twenty pages per day is actually doable. More than that is a little difficult for me, but you may want to schedule more time to read. (If the number is too high, for example, 100 pages per day, you may need to give yourself more time.)

Next, you will need to decide when will you take time to read. For me, first thing in the morning works best with a cup of tea. I tried before going to bed, but I found myself falling asleep and the book on the floor. Do what works for you. It may also be nice to break up your day by reading at lunchtime.

Finally, read. Enjoy this quiet time.

One last note, give yourself permission to stop reading a boring book! I had held on to this book for about 7 years and when I started to read it, found it to be no longer relevant so I moved on to the next book on my list.

Before long, your library of piled up books will diminish and you will have grown or been entertained! Yay for you!! So pick your first book and begin! And then finish it!!

Featured photo by Prasanna Kumaron Unsplash.