When I see snaps from the enormous number of bookstagrammers, book bloggers and booklovers I follow on Instagram I have a big craving for physical books. Nothing quite beats the feel and smell of fresh paper from crisp new novels, or the dusty sweetness of old novels dug up from a secondhand bookstore. But as a frequent traveller and country hopper, I just don’t have the capacity to buy, carry around and store all the paperbacks I want to read.

Yes, when I was younger I dreamed of having a house with its own dedicated library, full of hundreds and thousands of books (didn’t we all?), but now I’d rather have a passport full of stamps, and a notebook full of quotes as homage to the books I’ve read.

I know a lot of bibliophiles would think this is blasphemous, but honestly, I just want to read books. I devour books and if I was paying for them and lugging them around (rather than borrowing them from an e-library, or purchasing discounted eBooks, as I do now) I wouldn’t be able to travel as much as I do. Sometimes, you gotta prioritise.

Reading a novel

My question is, do I read faster on my iPhone? I definitely don’t read as much as I used to as a teenager, but that’s because I had buckets of free time, and I was reading exclusively Young Adult books (which are quicker to read than adult novels). Back then, I read at least two books a week, whereas now I’m lucky if I read one. But I still think that reading on my phone helps me to read more.

There’s not much evidence to suggest that reading on a mobile device, like a Kindle, e-reader, or iPhone with iBooks is any faster than reading a paperback. In fact, you might read a paperback quicker. But if you have access to eBooks on your phone you’ll read more. You’ll have more opportunities to read, because you’ll constantly have your book (or a huge option of books) with you at all times.

8 times you could be reading on your phone

  1. Every morning when you wake up, make the first app you open an app for a novel. Whether it’s iBooks, Kindle, Borrowbox, or Wattpad, if you read for fifteen to twenty minutes in the morning, I think you’ll have a better wake up than if you spend twenty minutes on Facebook.
  2. While you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, while you’re stirring your coffee or dunking your tea, keep your eBook in one hand. You might only read a page, but that’s a page more than if you just scroll through Instagram.
  3. In the car (as long as you’re not driving), bus, or train to school, university, or work, pull out your phone and read. Even if you’re in the tube or subway, you don’t need wifi to read Wattpad books once you’ve added them to your library on your phone.
  4. On those days at school or work when you don’t feel like being social, take your lunch break outside (or at least by a window), and dive into your book. It’s a perfect distraction.
  5. After work, when you’re waiting to meet your friend for a catch up over drinks, you can fit in a few pages of your novel.
  6. While you’re waiting for the oven to preheat, or while you’re stirring your stir fry, or boiling your pasta (or maybe waiting for your microwave meal to heat up) read a few pages.
  7. If (unlike me) you watch real old-fashioned television, rather than Netflix, you should read during every ad break. Turn the volume down on the ads so you don’t get distracted.
  8. Before bed is the ideal time to read for twenty minutes, to let your mind relax. Change the settings to Night Time Mode (so the page is black and the text is white) because it’s better for your eyes and brain before bed.

Any tips for reading more? I have so many books on my To Be Read list, and it just keeps growing!

Need something new to read? Check out my novel on Wattpad.

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