Sometimes life gets the best of you, and before you know it five months have passed and you don’t remember the last time you even picked up a book. Don’t let reading fall to the end of the list! In this segment of our How to Book Club series we will go over how to jump back into where you left off and outline some quick and easy ways to hold yourself accountable to your reading goals (and enjoy it too)!
Reach out to your club
It can be hard to get back into a routine all on your own. One way to start is to reach out to your book club members and make sure you have the next meeting on your calendar. Bookclubz has an amazing messaging feature that allows you to send a memo to all of your fellow members, and you can RSVP to the meeting through the app so everyone knows you’ll be there. In doing so, you’re less likely to flake the day of. Let your club be an accountability partner, allow it to be a friendly reminder to pick up a book. If you’re feeling bold maybe even volunteer to lead the discussion or invite new members to your book club.
Plan out your reading list
A good way to ensure you keep up with your reading is to make a game plan. One way to do this is to use the “Books I Want to Read'' shelf on the Bookclubz platform. This way you can keep track of all of the books you want to read in the future. You can also view your other club member’s lists if you need some inspiration!
Get your chat on!
It doesn’t have to be all business all the time! Set aside some time at the beginning of each book club meeting to just catch up, before diving into discussion! Maybe set aside some questions that aren’t related to the book. For example, have each member share their favorite beach read or their reading goals for the next few months. Build some deeper connections amongst your members, so that you feel invested in your club!
Set an attainable goal and find the time!
Set a goal you know you will actually be able to achieve. This may mean sacrificing some bed time scrolling through Instagram for a certain number of pages each night, or vowing to read at least one book a month! The average american spends 5 hours a day watching TV. Next time you reach for the remote, try reading a chapter first before getting your binge on. The important part of setting a goal is to ensure that this goal is conducive to you and your lifestyle!
Read books you actually like and always have a book with you
When you find a good book, you won’t be able to put it down! If you are not feeling inspired or entertained by the book you are reading, you are allowed to quit halfway through. Don’t force yourself to read a book you don’t like! It is also important to always keep a book on you. Start taking advantage of waiting rooms and lines! E-books, audiobooks and reading apps allow for you to have a book with you wherever you are!