10 Jan 2019

What to Read and How to Read More Often

It's a new year and there are some very exciting books set for release this year. Are you wanting to read more? Or find your next great read? Below are some suggestions for fitting more reading into your day, keeping track of what you've read and finding plenty of books to clutter up your bedside table. 

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What should I read?

We’ve all been there. You’ve finished reading some great books and are feeling lost on what to pick up next. Being in a reading rut happens to everyone, but here are five tips to help you get out.

    1. The jar challenge. Write down a few titles, put them in a jar and pick one at random.

    2. Keep a list. Do you ever come across a book, make a mental note to pick up a copy and then completely forget about it? We sure do. Make a list in a notebook or on a phone that you can go back to whenever you need a bit of reading inspiration. We don't have anything against the trusty pen and paper method but if you want to get more tech savvy about this we recommend the website GoodReads  where you can make an account and keep a list of books you want to read. It's really easy and you'll always have something to refer to when you the reading pile gets low. 

    3. Try out the Staff Suggestions section in the library. If you enjoy a book make sure to look for that staff members recommendations next time. Not sure where this is? We'd be happy to point it out to you next time you're at Elma Turner. Only our very favourite must-reads head to this shelf. 

    4. Have a taster. Pick up a book at random and read the first few sentences. If it’s no good, it goes back on the shelf. If you’ve been standing there reading for half an hour, it goes home with you.

    5. Do a reading challenge. This is a good way to try out book you wouldn’t normally pick up. There are plenty of these online or you can come up with one of your own. If you're using GoodReads you can set your challenge for the year in number of books read. 

And of course you can always ask a librarian! We love talking about books and love helping you find your next great read. Between 14 January and 25 January (weekdays only) at 12 pm we are running a special readers' advisory drop-in session. Come and chat and we'll find you some books to go home with. 

One more thing - a recent update to our catalogue means that each book has a section with further book recommendations. After doing a search in the catalogue, click on a title and scroll down the page to the tab that says 'More Information'. Here you will find useful info about the book...and keep scrolling to 'You May Also Like'. You can select any of these titles and find out if they're available or put a reserve on them for future reading.

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Lastly, if you need any further help ticking off your reading goals this year, try some of the suggestions from author Austin Kleon (we don't condone throwing books across the room but concur on all other points!)