Reading is not a marathon but it is very addicting that it makes you feel like you’re not reading enough in this short life that we have. That’s when finishing more books in a shorter amount of time comes in handy.

I finish four to six books a month on average but there are factors that slow down the pacing of my reading such as personal projects, studies, work, church responsibilities and reading slumps. I try to read as much as I could whenever my schedule is free of tasks. And that doesn’t happen really often. This is why I’m making this post, because I know we are all busy with our agendas and reading seem to be only something that we can do in our free time.

In this post, I will be sharing you how to finish more books in a short amount of time.

How To Finish More Books In A Short Amount of Time

1. Divide the book into manageable chunks

The way I do this is to read the prologue or the first paragraph of the first chapter to see the type of pacing the author was using. If the book I’m reading is fast-paced, I divide the book into manageable chunks with 5-7 chapters in each reading session. If the pacing is slow, I group the sections with 3-4 chapters each. This is way, I can tell far earlier in the journey how long it will take me to read the book. And because I already broke down the book into manageable chunks, I am more nudged to read the book on a daily basis.

2. Read by sentence or phrase and not by word

When you’re not already doing this, you might be subvocalizing when reading which is one of the reasons why you’re not reading any faster. Subvocalizing is when you’re speaking the words that you’re reading in your mind. Your eyes will narrow down its focus and will do comprehension by word instead of by sentence or phrase. It will slow your reading pace into a speaking pace. Try reading by sentence or phrase so your eyes and brain will move on faster and do comprehension by blocks of thought.

3. Dedicate a reading time everyday

I’m sure that we are all very busy with our lives, doing more important things than reading, but if you’re prioritizing on reading faster, it’s time to include reading in your tight schedule. I usually take two hours from my busy day to continue and finish a section and put down the book again till the next day. If you’re not that interested in the story or you think you’re not resonating so well with what’s happening in the book, try annotating. I love annotating and I made a separate blog post on how I do it.

4. Participate in reading sprints

Much like writing sprints, reading sprints are done individually, by pair or by team. You are given a certain amount of time to read as fast as you can with no breaks before the time goes off. You can do this everyday or twice a day, whatever and whenever you prefer.


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If you want to join reading or writing sprints, let’s be friends on Twitter! I do reading sprints four times every month to help me finish my TBR faster. If you’re writer in the drafting or rewriting phase, I do writing sprints every Nanowrimo which happens every November. I’m also planning to join Camp Nano this April so if you want to join my cabin, please don’t be shy to do so! I will be sprinkling links on my cabin on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram!

That’s it! Hope you guys are having a great blessed day and keep smiling!

T.L. Thornes is a writer residing in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She was twelve when she started keeping drafts of her poems in composition notebooks. Since then, she has found an emotional outlet through writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found in the streets of her hometown, urbansketching, or in her room, writing songs and making art journals.

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