How to easily read more books before 2020 is over

Am I the only one who started to read books in January and then just stopped for some reason after a chapter or two?

Oh good, it’s not just me! Dust off those books because it’s time to read them if you have been putting it off as I have.

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We are coming to the end of August soon in just 10 days and I want to propose a challenge to my book nerds or the want to be book nerds out there. Anyone who wants to read more books by the end of 2020.

I challenge you

I bet you are asking yourself… Michele, If I started them before and never finished them. How can I read more books before 2020 is over?

I’m glad you thought that because I had the same question for myself. I have come up with a system in order to finish said books.

I want to explain my reasoning for doing this and invite anyone who wants to join me to follow me on Instagram. That is where I will be posting daily about the books I am reading to keep myself accountable.

The books I want to read this year (so far)

The books I want to read this year so far are as follow but in no particular order.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Girl, Stop apologizing also by Rachel Hollis
Wild & Free by Jess Connelly & Hayley Morgan
Act like a lady, Think like a Man by Steve Harvey
I am that girl by Alexis Jones

These books sitting on my shelves for a looooonnnngggg time. I have only read as I said before a chapter or 2 then I forget about them.

Well enough is enough. If I wasted my money on these books I better damn sure read them. They are just staring at me every time I sit down on the couch to watch Netflix. I can’t handle this type of pressure. I need to read them so they can leave me alone.

My easiest plan to read more books

This is the easiest system I could come up with that wouldn’t make me feel overwhelmed. What I mean by overwhelmed is if I am not reading fast enough, if I have a busy day and I can’t read half a book in one sitting.

I used to be able to do that, but now my brain is constantly wondering what else I should be doing. I wanted the easiest plan to read more books.

Grab your sticky notes

I took a stack of my favorite sticky notes and put one on each book. Wrote the title of the book and how many chapters were in said book. I did not include any resources or other information that may be at the back of the book. I am just including the chapters themselves.

What the goal is

The goal is to read one chapter a day. Whenever you have free time just read ONE chapter. My logic is that I could read a chapter in maybe a half-hour or so. That’s a half-hour off of the TV or your phone.

If you can read more than a chapter great, but if you can’t that is fine. I am only doing one chapter. If its a really good book you may just forgo your hour or two of Netflix binging.

HAHAHAHAHA who am I kidding binging an hour or two that is unheard of?

The point of this is there are 132 days until December 31st. If we read one chapter a day we could read a lot of books.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (20 chapters, 20 days)
Girl, Stop apologizing also by Rachel Hollis (23 chapters, 23 days)
Wild & Free by Jess Connelly & Hayley Morgan (12 chapters, 12 days)
Act like a lady, Think like a Man by Steve Harvey (15 chapters, 15 days)
I am that girl by Alexis Jones (8 chapters, 8 days)

At this rate, in 78 days I could read all 5 books. That’s 5 more than I have read in years. That leaves me another 54 days to choose more books.

The challenge

Grab the books you want to read. It’s okay if you only have one or you have numerous. The point is to get started. If you are unsure of what kind of book you should read DM me so we will figure something out for you.

Read one chapter a day. Take a picture of yourself and your book. Post it on Instagram using #redonkulousbookchallenge. So all of us doing the challenge can see. You may just inspire someone to read the book you are reading.

Reading more books was mentioned in my post of 35 life lessons you should start doing right now. If you are interested in learning more life lessons you should be doing. Head on over there, if not I will see you on Instagram!

Let me know in the comments your favorite book EVER or a book you think I might enjoy.

Until next time, Have a great day!

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28 Replies to “How to easily read more books before 2020 is over”

  1. This is really inspiring, I am now motivated to pick up the books I’ve been procrastinating on and actually try finishing and starting a new one. The one I’m currently reading is titled “Love is the reason”. Hopefully I’ll pick up from where I stopped.

    1. I wanted to make it easy. I used to be able to sit and read for hours, but now my mind is always wondering about what I should be doing. I can’t feel bad if its just one chapter. Eventually, I will work up to reading more and longer.

  2. For me I read more if I’m out of the house. SO taking a book to the beach or the park or even on a train is the best way for me to get any reading done (unfortunatly that means I only really read when it’s warm out!)

    1. Make it warm in the house lol. Sit by a fire curled up with hot chocolate and a really good book.

    2. I like to read on the road, it’s a different kind of pleasure. Unfortunately, in everyday life there is very little time for reading. Thanks to the author for the inspiration!

      1. That’s you have to consciously make the decision to sit down and read at least one chapter so it can become a habit.

  3. Trust me it’s not just you! This year has been so hectic, I still haven’t finished a book I started in May. 😓 I’m gonna finish it soon, though!

    1. Glad its not only me. I used to read a lot when I was younger. You could barely find me without a book, but as I got older I just kinda stopped. I need to read more and watch less TV.

  4. This is something I want to try to do more of this year myself! Between working full time, house work, helping the kids with school and doing a blog it is hard to find time to read, but I want to try to set aside at least 30 mins a night to read.

    1. I am right there with you. That is my goal. Just 30 minutes or at least one chapter. If I read more great, if I don’t not a big deal.

  5. I like the idea of crossing off the chapter you read like a checklist! Also, I like reading for one hour a day, or 10 pages for the day, reading on my commute… These things make it much easier for me to get some reading time in.

    1. I will eventually be working up to reading for one hour a day. I am taking this time during the pandemic to finish the books I bought to read this year. I need to start following through with the things I say I am going to do.

  6. I think I’ll pass on to this, hahaha. As much as I want to read more books before 2020 ends my brain doesn’t allow me too. I’m not really a fan, that’s why I salute those who can read books, as in some are thick books that they read. whenever I read books I always got a headache . Though your lists of books are kinda tempting to try I’m kinda worried with my headache.

    1. That’s why my goal is only to read one chapter a day. I don’t want to stare at a book for so long my eyes hurt.

  7. I am not really a fan of reading book but i am inspired by you. Maybe I will try lil by lil.

  8. I also have books waiting for me to read them haha. Most are about business and financial literacy. I agree with you on you have to get time for your book reading goal! Btw, followed you on Instagram.

    1. Yay! Thanks for the follow. I followed you back.

  9. I felt personally attacked by your first sentence ahahaha. But yes that’s definitely one of my goals for the latter half of this year, to read more books!

    1. Don’t feel personally attacked. This was more towards me than anyone else. LOL

  10. I am so left behind in reading a book. But, my daughter lovesss to read and I am glad that she does.

  11. Not haha I definitely did the same, picked up a book at the beginning of the year and stop! I really love the sticky note idea and doing one chapter a day is very, VERY possible!

    1. I figured one chapter a day is doable. If I read more good for me, but I won’t be bummed if all I read was the chapter for the day.

  12. These are the great books to read before 2020 How I wish I have a lot of time to reads all of these books. Reading books is one of my favorite hobby. Thanks to this!

    1. Maysz, make time to read. It may not seem like a big deal, but I am an avid preacher as of lately to be constantly learning. I want to soak up as much information as I can.

  13. I have read 21 books so far for this year and I think setting time to do some reading has truly helped me to finish these books. I have 10 more books to finished before the year ends so thank you for your tips!

    1. Wow, 21 that is amazing. Hopefully I will read that much next year.

  14. This sounds like a great plan, I’ve just followed you on Instagram. Sometimes we really need to make a conscious effort to do something (and make a fixed plan) or no matter how much we want to do it, it won’t happen. I love your 35 life lesson post, it is so inspiring and one to go back to and savor again!

    1. Thank you, Stella. I followed you back as well. I agree we all need to make conscious decisions to do the things we set out to do. We can talk the talk all we want, but if we dont show up for ourselves and do what we said we are going to do what is the point? Its wasting time and energy for yourself.

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