Reading is essential for the development of our mind and our abilities. Recovering the habit of reading for those who are not accustomed to reading is a significant first step. But what happens next if we fail to read enough each year? While how much is enough depends on each one, surely most should not be satisfied with the number of books they have read during this last year.

“Read book, live long! Reading books is associated with longer life. After one large health study led by Yale epidemiologists covering 3,635 people, the findings published in Social Science & Medicine in 2016, reveals that people who read a book as little as a half hour a day, live an average of almost two years longer than those who do not read at all, after adjusting for education, cognitive ability, wealth, race, age, and other factors. It is also relevant to those who read newspapers, articles, and periodicals, but the association is weaker.”—an excerpt from the book Nature Is My Teacher by Prabhash Karan

If you are looking for options to read, take up the books authored by Prabhash Karan, an engineer, computer scientist, author, and writer from India. He’s the Founder of Indian Social Science Organization and has written a number of noteworthy books including:

• Nature Is My Teacher

• Of Human Nature and Good Habits

• Life, Living and Lifestyle

• How To Win Nature and Enjoy Good Life

• Health and Medical Care

1. Read every day

Having a daily reading routine may be the best way to read more books in a year. If every day it is certain that we advance a little, then in one way or another, we can read much more over a period of time. Read one book, not multiple books, at a stretch, for days.

No need to read for three hours every day. Reach with doing it for 30 minutes, preferably at the same time which can be before bedtime, or immediately after dinner. Some will surely choose the morning, before starting the day’s tasks. The schedule you choose will be perfect. Then, of course, they can read more at other times of the day or during the weekend, if they have more time.

2. Read shorter books

It seems we are cheating, right? We read the same amount of words, but in the end, the account gives us that we read more books. It is true that it is so, but if we are talking about reading more books, this works. Sometimes we get into a lot of great sagas of novels that are extremely extensive. That’s great, but when we remember we spent the year, and we only read that author writing for that particular saga.

Sometimes the fascination is understood, which we now call hype. However, sometimes it is convenient to insert some very fat books, with other finer ones. In this way, we read more books per year and access wider cultural diversity.

3. Take advantage of all the free moments to read

This means that we must always go with what we are reading above. It is always a good idea, when leaving home, to put the book we are reading in your bag or backpack. We can read it in public transport, in waiting rooms, between-subjects if we are in the university or in any dead time we have.

They may not be more than 5 minutes on each occasion, but those intervals will be added, and over a year they will be hours of reading earned.

4. Read several books at the same time

A problem that some people have is that sometimes they don’t want to resume reading because the book they are reading doesn’t interest them at that particular moment. The solution to this is to read several books at once. If we can do it with the TV series, why don’t we do it with the books?

A good idea may be to have books of different genres as well if we do not feel like reading one, we may have to read another – for example, a novel, a journalistic book, and one of scientific dissemination. One important thing is to choose good books.