No time to read? Don’t be a statistic… find out how to read a book a day

According to a youGov survey almost 4 million adults never read for pleasure. While you might blame technology for taking over where a good book would pass the time, or the fact that we’re just too busy to read, making progress in life requires that you seek knowledge.

So how do you make sure you keep learning?

1. Try audiobooks

If you don’t have time to sit down and read a book, why not listen to one while you’re busy doing other things? We love Audible because you can listen to audiobooks from your favourite author wherever you are – even on your mobile phone. And because you don’t have to physically handle the books, you can get through a lot more than a hard copy. Play your audiobook in the background in the car, on the train, in the bath – wherever you  want. It’s also a great way to make stories come alive for children, as the narrators for the children’s books bring the stories to life.

2. Get books for free

Sometimes, the cost of books can be of putting. With the cost of living the rise, spending £10, £20 on a book can seem like a low priority. Why not try Bookbub. They send you updates everyday on offers from book categories of your choice. Some of the books are free, but at the very least you’ll save more than 50% off the full cost of the book.

What’s great is that you can download the books onto Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Android and Apple iBooks, so you’re not restricted to any one platform.

3. The good old library

If you have children, cultivating a love for reading is very important. It’s shocking to know that a quarter of children leave primary school unable to read or do basic maths in the UK. The same number leave secondary school unable to read or do maths.

A weekly or fortnightly trip to the library really will go a long way in helping the whole family make time to read. You can also borrow books electronically from most libraries these days, so if your local library doesn’t have the books you’re interested in reading, their online catalogue will likely have more. Ask at the library or go to the council website of your library for more information.


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Written by Joycellyn Akuffo

Founder and editor of www.motherswhowork.co.uk, a mother of two wonderful children, wife, entrepreneur (check out www.geekschool.co.uk) and journalist.

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