How To Read More – 5 Tips! | Hannah Witton & Anna James


– Hey everyone, I’m Hannah. Welcome back to my channel, and today I have the
lovely Anna James with me. – Hi.
– So Anna is a author, and also a book critic/reviewer. – Book person, yeah.
– Book person in general. When I think about people that I know who read a lot and know
the most about books and the publishing world, like you, always come to mind.
– Oh, that’s nice. – And I’ve been in a bit
of a reading slump lately, and I think it was a public Twitter interaction,
– Yes, it was. – That then became DMs.
– Yep, yep. – I was just like, “How do I read more?” I need to be able to read
faster, or something. And you were like, “I can’t
help with reading fast …” – Mm Hmm, but I was
like, I do actually have things that can help
you read more if that is something you really need. – I do! Unread, unread, unread, unread. It’s really sad. – I mean I have a lot of
unread books, as well. There’s like, no shame
or judgement to not reading in any way at all. – How many books do you think you read? – So, I reckon I read,
at the moment, about 100 books a year. – So, like two a week.
– But it used to be more. – So now I do a lot of writing but previously I was a full
time books journalist. And I used to read about 200 books a year when I was working as a
proper literary editor. – I don’t know if this is going to be one of your tips, but
one thing that I’ve found that really helps me, and it seems so basic that
this helps me read faster, is actually running my
finger along the line– – Oh, okay. – at the same time. Like I feel like I go way faster and I’m actually picking up the words and what’s happening when I’m doing that versus just staring at the page. – Right. – Anna has basically come up with five? – Yes. – Five tips for how to read more – More I don’t know what they are. So you can share them with me and you guys. And hopefully we’ll all learn something. – When I was writing these down,
these all sound so obvious. But I genuinely think … – But sometime we might need reminding. I genuinely think that maybe it’s just if you consciously think about this and actually do it. So none of them are quirky or … – Okay, no, that’s fine. – But the first one is
know what you want to read. You have an evening that you
want– you fancy reading, you want to go on holiday
and you look at your bookcases and you’re like,
oh but there’s nothing I really fancy. I always know what I’m going to read next. So when I get books in, and I’m lucky that I
get sent lots of books. But I keep them in priority order. And I really think that if
you don’t have your book ready and the moment passes so quickly. So have a pile of books that
you know that you want to read. With like a couple of options, for like being in whatever mood you’re in. – Yeah. Cause sometimes if you finish a book you’re like in that momentum. You will wanna just like
pick one up straight away. Whereas if you then put that down and then you spend a
couple days being like, ooh what do I want to
read next, you’ve lost it. – A habit sounds so dull. but so much of it is habit. Buying books when you see
them, that you fancy them and then keeping them. And having them. And having books on your
shelf that you’re excited to pick up. Rather than just sort of
staring and being like, oh I maybe would read a book
but I have nothing to hand. – Oh my god. I definitely do that. And it reminds me staring at my wardrobe, full of clothes, and being like, I’ve got nothing to wear. – Exactly! – I don’t want to wear any of this. And I do that with my book shelf. – Yeah, I have nothing to read. Another obvious one, but
actually when you do it, makes a huge amount of difference. I’d say this is the one that
makes most of a difference. And that is just use every moment. So much of my reading is because I always have a book in my bag. And I read on the tube, I
read when I’m waiting for a doctor’s appointment, I read
when I’m waiting for the bus. There’s nothing wrong with
going on your phone, obviously, in those moments, but
sometimes I think it’s just easy to do it because you
just want to pass the time. And if you always have
a paperback in your bag the amount that you will get through … I can read a book in a week and I’ve never sat and just like read it at home on the sofa. I’m just reading it while I’m on the tube and I’m doing things. And I know that Lena, she basically only reads on her commute. And she reads a huge amount of books. So much of it is just an active choice. – Yeah, it’s like in that moment where you would normally
reach for your phone, reaching for a book.
– A book. – This one, I think you’ll like, because you like, you know,
you’re very productive because of them. – Tell me. – So have goals, basically. If I have to read a book
in a short amount of time, I read it in 50 page chunks. And it doesn’t have to be 50 pages. But if you sit down to read … – And you go, I’m not stopping
until I’ve read 50 pages- – Right. Or two chapters. Because I think a lot of people– I was watching your video where
you read the first chapter and you were getting sleepy.
– I was getting so sleepy. – And I think that if you sit down to read and you’re like, I’m just gonna read, it’s really easy to get distracted or to just, oh I’m going
to go make a cup of tea. Or I just feel sleepy. And I think if you say
no, I’m going sit down and I’m going to read for half an hour or maybe 20 pages is a better example. Because 50 pages is when I
really need to read a book fast. And you just get through stuff if you give yourself a goal. And then linked to that is making lists. – I have a spreadsheet
– I love lists. of books that I have read.
– (gasp) Oh my god! – I wanna see the spreadsheet. Because I have just a general list and then I also have my book shelf. But, oh my gosh, tell me about your categories on your spreadsheet. – So it’s really deeply nerdy and it is also quite publishing oriented. So there’s a lot of
just publishing details about lists, and who published it, and when it came out and things like that. But it has title,
author, gender of author, and I also keep track of
how many rights of colour I’m reading. I just
realised I was reading books almost entirely by white women, a couple of years ago. So I try to consciously make sure that I’m reading more diverse things. – I also can’t really
remember the last time I read a book by a man. (laughing) – I mean, I don’t. I
keep track of that more to just entertain myself
at the end of the year by how few books by men I have read. And it’s also you can just
know what you’ve read. And I think that people
forget what they’ve read. And it’s nice to see the
patterns that you form and what you’re drawn towards. And there’s a level of satisfaction. And also you can like, no I
have read that many books. And I read three books that
actually I really really loved. – Do you think there’s any
benefit in having a goal of how many books you
want to read in a year? Because people have different
opinions about this. – Yes. I– (both laughing) Personally it’s not how
I would approach it. I think that it’s obviously not something that is morally or
ethically wrong in anyway, it’s just personal preference. I am aware that I see
people kind of beating themselves up for not
getting to those targets. And I just think that
how can that help you A: read more or B: like have a
positive approach to reading. Part of the reason I
read so much is because I just uncomplicatedly love it. And I am not chastising myself if I– I keep track of how many
books a year I’ve read, but I don’t feel any pressure to get to a certain number or judgement . And also like sometimes books
just take longer to read. You know, if you read like the Luminaries, which is an 800 page
novel, that’s slow going or you read a graphic novel, both of which are brilliant,
enjoyable things to read. But they take a different amount of time. And I don’t know if a number of books quantifies anything useful. Read with a purpose I put this one. This is things like, so
potentially it’s join a book club. I can’t be apart of book clubs because I’m too annoying. – (laughing) That’s some
great self awareness there. – So I’m not going to join a book club. But you could join a book club. Although other people–
it’s a risk other people. So the other version of that is pick a book with a friend
that you know and like. Or use things like Book Prizes. So most people don’t, you
know the Booker in August has just been announced. Obviously most people, you
don’t read all the books on that long list. But what you can do is
look at the long list and pick out the one that
appeals the most to you and then say, well I’m going to read it by the time the short list is announced. So many people, I feel, read books that they don’t like that much because they don’t know how to pick things that they are going to like. – What’s your opinion of stopping half way through a book that you’re not enjoying? – I am all for it. And my last tip was basically read without any judgement
or rules what-so-ever. There is just no– it’s
supposed to be fun. It’s not a chore. (laughing) Because as soon as you
apply rules and structure it can take away some of the fun of it. Which is why we read. and I absolutely believe in stopping books that you’re not enjoying. Because life is too short to read, not necessarily bad books, but books that you don’t enjoy. – But just ones that
aren’t bringing you joy. – It’s not actually
important to read more. It doesn’t make you a
better or worse person. This is me telling it to
myself rocking back and forth. – Yeah. This is like if
you would like to read more because you enjoy reading and you struggle to find the time. That’s what this is about. It’s not saying that you should read more. It’s saying if you feel like
you would like to read more, this is maybe some ways
that you can find the time or gives yourself ways
of thinking about reading so you can read more. – So you have some recommendations. – Yes. So I tried to think of three books, that there’s no such thing as a book that everyone will
enjoy, but I’ve tried to think of three books that I felt had a fairly broad appeal. The first one I don’t have. The first one is called,
Daisy Jones & The Six. Which you might have seen doing the rounds at Kmart quite recently. Daisy Jones & The Six is a novel but it’s written through kind of like imagined interviews with
the members of a band that are Fleetwood Mac-esque. – Oh okay, so like legends. – Yes and it is about
how they got successful. How the singer, Daisy Jones, kind of got involved in the band. And then they had this gig and after that they didn’t, they went
their separate ways. And it’s like piecing back
together what happens. It’s incredibly readable
but incredibly good. I love books told in lots of
different narrative voices. The other two I’ve got is this one, An American Marriage.
– That won the Women’s Prize. – That just won the Women’s Prize. – And you bet money on it. – I did. (laughing) – I’m so insufferably smug about it. But this is also one of those books that I would just recommend
to almost anybody. It is about a marriage,
as the title suggests. It’s about a young couple and the man is accused of rape. And he goes to prison and it’s
just after they got married. And it’s a young black couple in America. And it is about marriage and race and the way that you change and evolve. And a lot of it is told through letters. And again, very very readable, but it is also tackling really big and very timely subjects. It feels like a book that just is a good one to read in 2019. And the third one is Station Eleven. – A friend of mine has
just finished reading this and has been raving about it. – This is a dystopian novel. But it doesn’t necessarily
tick– it’s not what you expect. It’s flashes between a
sort of, now like time, with a virus that is
spreading around the world. And then in the future
we’re in the after math of what has happened. The other narrative is about, basically, what do you live for
and is survival enough? Is just existing, is that enough? And how the world might
put itself back together if a virus wiped most of us out. This is the proper, can’t put it down, will read it in a small amount of time. – And do you want to plug your book? – I just happen to have it right here. This is the first one that
just came out in paperback. It’s called Pages & Co.
Tilly and the Bookwanders. And it’s a fantasy, adventure
series for, kind of, eight to twelve-year-olds. – And she like steps into books and stuff. – Yeah. – It’s all that language
you use about getting lost in a good book and books can transport. So like what would that look like if that was all literal. The language we use like,
plot holes, and stuff. – What would–
– Whoa! That’s cool. – But yeah, thank you so much
– Thank you. for the recommendations as well. Just like more books to add to the TBR. Where can people find you online. – Oh I am @acaseofbooks almost everywhere. I’m @acaseofbooks in Instagram, Twitter. I have a YouTube channel that I sometimes talk about books on. – Yeah so if you want more book content go and check Anna out. Thank you so much for watching. Please do give the video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it. And let us know, in the comments, if you’ve got any other
tips for how to read more. Find the joy in reading
rather than making it like this competition with yourself. And also if you’ve got any
other book recommendations that you think are as
universal as possible. – Obviously there’s no
such thing really, but some books are closer. – Yeah, exactly. Don’t forget to subscribe and
hit that notification bell. And I’ll see you in my next video. Bye. – I feel like when I think
of people that I know who read a lot and like
know the most about book– and … book? Just book. (laughing)

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100 thoughts on “How To Read More – 5 Tips! | Hannah Witton & Anna James”

  1. Libby Sidebottom says:

    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a great one for everyone – I don't usually read contemporaries but I LOVED it! The Book Thief is one of my all time favourites and again I don't usually read historical fiction. The Night Circus is probably my all time favourite: fantasy leaning towards magical realism and it is just so so so wonderful xx

  2. Alien af says:

    All the tips I've heard about trying to read more are essentially just to find a way to enjoy it but I have to read Wide Sargasso Sea for my coursework and it's only about 200 pages but it's so horribly boring with unlikeable characters and I hate the writing style but I have to soldier through, so hopefully I can move onto fun stuff soon

  3. chloe b says:

    the last book i read that i literally couldn’t put down was called “the boy who was raised as a dog” by dr bruce perry. it’s a non-fiction written by a child psychologist on how early trauma can shape people’s lives and it’s completely changed my thinking and mindset 🙂

  4. humera khalifa says:

    The inner data freak in me loves the idea of a spreadsheet of books but I probably manage one a year..edit: thank you for sharing. I've put a book into my work bag and hopefully I feel more inclined to pick it up!

  5. Circus Freak says:

    Reading Americanah and loving it 😁

  6. Lucy Clarke says:

    Anna worked in my school library when I was at Secondary School. I used to sit in the library during break and lunch times when I wanted some time on my own 😂 what a legend 👌🏼

  7. Alana Rosa says:

    Pages & co :: for 8-12 year olds.
    Sounds like my kind of book, and I'm 25 🤷‍♀️

  8. Christopher Metcalf says:

    Do audiobooks count as reading??

  9. cdn soul says:

    As a YouTuber I thought you would have known this

  10. Emma Charlotte says:

    Audiobooks are such a good shout as well! I started listening to audiobooks last year and it really helped me read more bc I could easily fit it in when struggling with uni work!

    Plus if you can’t afford an audible membership, you can often get free audiobooks through your library (and amazon prime I think do a free several-month long trial for students which includes free books on audible)

  11. Beth says:

    Definitely want to try some of those tips… Used to read for 30 minutes a day but that time has been taken over by another project. I like the idea of always having a book at the ready though! (I also highly recommend The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown – I'm yet to read the rest of the Robert Langdon books so can't recommend yet!)

  12. Pao Booklife says:

    📚 Check out Booktube videos
    📚 Use Goodreads and set a Year Reading Challenge to stay motivated
    📚 The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo and Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
    (ps I really like your blouse, Hannah)

  13. Haley Shea says:

    Hanna…if you aren't already on goodreads, you should be! Your little analytic goal-keeping heart would be happy there I believe.

  14. Ruthie Menzies says:

    A tip that really works for me is to listen to audible on X2 speed and read along with the physical book in front of you. I have dyslexia and books can take so long to read otherwise but this gets you into the meat of the story faster so you are more likely to get drawn in and it means you can read more books in the same amount of time.

  15. Alex Grace says:

    Something that helped me is not reading books I'm "supposed" to read. A lot of my friends think they shouldn't be reading YA now that we're older and it's made them fall out of love with reading. I read books for all age groups!

  16. MegsKP says:

    Station Eleven is one of my favorite books of all time; I read it a few years ago when I was performing as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in a college Shakespeare group and I’m obsessed. So happy to see other people enjoying it ahhhh :):):)

  17. Alex Davis says:

    This video was incredibly informative! I've learned so much! Also…Anna is well fit!

  18. Reagan K says:

    I've found that listening to ambience really helps me focus when reading. It's honestly changed the game for me

  19. Emzbratz says:

    I find it really difficult stopping reading a book half way through. I feel like I'm insulting the author (a person I have never met before) if I don't finish the book. Instead what I do is finish the book and then take it to the 'honesty bookshelf' at my local train station and swap it for something that I like the sound of and will hopefully enjoy.
    That would be my tip for reading more: don't hang onto the books you didn't enjoy because you won't feel excited when you look at your bookcase for the next thing to read – pass them on to someone who might enjoy it.

  20. plunkybug says:

    Thanks for this! I used to read a lot and I don’t anymore. When I do, it is almost always re-reading books I really like like Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, and Lemony Snickett (but I lost those in a move and have yet to replace them). My biggest issue is comprehension…I like reading, but sometimes I struggle with it and have to read sections again because I missed something or didn’t properly grab onto that information. The other struggle is with what to read that’s not what I have already read. I’m going to consider the suggestions you have made. The last book I read was by my friend Sam Stone. I was really sick earlier this year so I read it then. Previously it was Louise Pentland’s first book…my friend in Birmingham found a signed copy for me and mailed it to me in Canada. And actually, I basically did what was suggested… I committed to reading 1-2 chapters a night before bed. If I felt like more, I read more. But it was manageable in a little bit every night. I really should try to read more. I like the appeal of the last book suggestion, perhaps because I enjoy young adult stuff. Great video!

  21. TheKaijaS says:

    I have all of my books on my phone now- i used to use my tablet, but find if I'm on the bus or sitting for 5 minutes waiting, i can open CloudLibrary or OpenDrive (both linked to my library), and I'm more likely to read a book if it's as easy to open as twitter is, rather than dredge it out of my backpack.

  22. Ali & Macy says:

    A book that we highly recommend to pretty much everyone is Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. It's a novel that consists of 3 loves stories (1 by each author) that are intricately woven together. It's romantic, it's hilarious, and it's such a light read. Definitely a page-turner, that's for sure. (Also, they're making a Netflix film of it, so now is a great time to read the book!)

  23. Wickedjr Reads says:

    I use the finger thing too! It does really seem to help. I use Goodreads to keep track, but I also have a spreadsheet and a Bujo. The bujo is new to me. Love reading 🙂 Audio books and graphic novels can really help too. And sometimes people can be looking at their phone because they are reading an Ebook. Saves space.

  24. pontmercying through life says:

    I watched this whole video without realising Anna is the author of one of the books on my shelf that I can't wait to get to

  25. Marta Duarte says:

    I track my reading with goodreads and I use it as my "spreadsheet" of books: read, to read, on my library, etc… I wish you had a goodreads updated account, that's where I follow a lot of readers and get my book recommendations from. That's also my trick to read more: there's a reading challenge in goodreads and that helps me setting a reading goal and keeping up with it.

  26. idon'twantgoogleplus says:

    I am so jealous of her hair.

  27. FlyDorsch says:

    Ohh I totally agree with using the momentum after you just finished a book. I finished mine yesterday but since we're in the moving process I can't get to my books!!! I hope the library has station eleven.

  28. Michael Frank says:

    Lol the idea of her book is basically what I alway wanted to write, if I ever… but so much more thought trough^^

  29. Daisy May says:

    The "x amount of pages" thing really works! I like to flick to the end of a chapter and hold the pages; when I can see them counting down, it goes much faster (fair risk of spoilers tho, approach with caution 😅)

  30. Vivi Addams says:

    Thanks for the tips! I have been in a reading slump. I think this could be the nudge I needed.

    I think possibly one of the most universal books I love is one that not a lot of people have read. It's called The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. There is a lot of play on words, a feast where they make speeches and eat their own words, an island called conclusions that you find yourself on when you jump to conclusions, the spelling bee that is a bee who spells. It's that sort of 8-12 age bracket, but anyone who likes wordplays could enjoy it.
    I also love Tamora Pierce. Love love love her books!!!! I would say her Emelan universe books are a bit more universal than her Tortall lands books, but all are wonderful!

  31. SAMANTHA says:

    I study English Lit at uni and next year I have to read 3 books/week and honestly it’s just taken away all the joy I used to get from reading because it’s so stressful😂😭

  32. Padijeff says:

    I’ve got lots of books but don’t have time to read them!😕

  33. catsandstrawberries says:

    My big challenge is finding books I actually care to read. But I also don't actually read much because of health issues 🙂

  34. karolina says:

    i'm currently mostly having issues reading more FOR MYSELF, because i'm an english student and as such have to read A LOT of stuff so then when i come home from school or have some free time reading is just the last thing on my mind. hoping these tips can help me <3

  35. Amy Hawkins says:

    When I was at school I ALWAYS had a book in my bag I read on the bus, in breaks between lessons, when I got home etc and I read so many books it was excellent. Since uni and being an adult I have really been out of it and this was very helpful thank you xoxox

  36. Carly Cake says:

    I have a tip with how I chose what to read next! My weakness are charity shops, I personally prefer a used book to a new copy and they’re cheap, this also means my TBR pile grows fast by accident. I write the title/author down on a piece of paper and pop it in my ‘lucky dip jar’. As soon as I’m ready for a new read I shake the jar up and pick a piece of paper. I then have my instant reaction to this choice, 90% of the time it’s a pleasant surprise and I’m happy to go with it. Other times I’ll dip again, but this way I don't keep ignoring books I’ve had for ages. ALSO If there’s a newish book I fancy but don’t own I’ll check that my local library holds a copy and put that in the jar too because I know I have access to it without needing to buy a copy.

  37. K O'Flaherty says:

    I've gotten myself into a habit of reading every single night, partly to battle insomnia, it really helps! 😛 Currently getting into Game of Thrones, which is a massive 700+ pages so I have myself on a goal of 30 pages a night, or roughly 3 chapters, which will take about a month at my rate! ahahaaaa I can't read while commuting, it gives me headaches xD

  38. Emma Carpenter - Illustration Journey says:

    Hannah on the subject of male writers have you read any Matt Haig? I LOVE his writing style. 📚 I would really recommend The Humans which is about an alien who is given a mission to kills this mathematician. The alien then takes his place and has to work out different human customs and live with the man’s wife and teenage son. It’s really funny and heartfelt and quite suspenseful.

  39. Rosalind Gray says:

    To gets kids to read buy them what they want to read. A comic a book if they want that cake mix or something tell them yes they can have it if they read to you how to cook it…

  40. Birgit says:

    I am currently reading a book without chapters and, being a person that usually reads chapter to chapter, I find I read less at a time because I stop almost every time I find a logical stop or I feel myself falling out because there is no 'next chapter' to read to. I'm definitely gonna try setting a number of pages to read the next time I sit down to read, I feel like that would help a lot!

  41. CaffeineSpeltWrite says:

    I've recently started picking up a book whenever I would normally be bingeing TV (allowing myself 1 ep of Star Trek before bed 😅). It's improving my mental health so much, because I feel like I'm actually doing something, rather than messing about on my phone while Netflix chatters away in the background. In the last week I've read The Martian, Blacksad and Good Omens 😆 Hope I can keep this up!

  42. orsettomorbido says:

    I wanted to do a list of all the books i read, but a spreadsheet can also be a good solution!

  43. PlethoraShae says:

    Love this!

  44. Lucius says:

    The main reason I don't use public transport is because reading on buses makes me instantly ill. And there isn't a single train or tram line in my country…

  45. thomas clarkson says:

    the orange book

  46. Eva Plompen says:

    i can get into a huge book slump, but this year i've been yanked out of it by Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series. read 11 books in 5 months because of it, which is a whole whole lot for me (my goal is 20 books a year). wel written crime is my weak point

  47. Luci Turley says:

    I'm obsessed with pages and co!!! It's there a sequel coming out soon?

  48. feedtheflameforfacts says:

    I am Anna and Anna is me. I always have books ready, I read at every moment available, I have goals/track what I read, I'm in a book club, etc. BOOKS ARE LIFE.

  49. shanemjn says:

    It still makes me sad that the last book I picked up was 3 years ago. Final year of an engineering degree, reading Seveneves and it got very engineering heavy and I needed a break. Never got back into it

  50. LusHFaNGirL says:

    I listen to audible books it might not count as reading but I just find I absorb them better!
    Anyone else like me?

  51. Punkrocksocks says:

    I loveee station eleven! One of my favourite books ever!

  52. Rebecca Hurford says:

    On the subject of habitual reading vs habitual phone picking up, I try and have an eBook available on my phone and I make it easier to click the eReader icon than a mindless scrolling/gaming icon when I'm habitually picking up my phone, and my lizard brain is so dumb that actually works and I end up reading instead!

  53. Travels in Fiction says:

    YES YES YES to Daisy Jones and The Six! I absolutely loved this book – I’ve also heard the audiobook is incredible.

    Also booktube and bookstagram always motivates me to actually go and read!

  54. sirduchessofpuns says:

    Reading comics/manga/graphic novels helps me a lot when I'm in a rut. It's a way to get invested in a story that feels a lot lighter and less intimidating than digging into a whole novel, and by the end I'm usually motivated enough to pick up a non-comic book from my TBR pile.

  55. Simon Bar Jesus says:

    Hannah ur friend is so cute with her orange Hagrid hair and milk pink jumper you should try it too spice up ur sex life 😉

  56. Maria Dino says:

    Well, I just fell in love hahaha
    I wish I could read more for fun, but university makes me read SO much, I barely have the time or energy. But I'm working on it

  57. lilacs moon says:

    thanks for the recommendations and tips! i've sort of lost the love for reading along my way to adulthood, and really want to recover it. i think i need to give myself permission to read just for the fun and pleasure of it again. we'll see how that goes 🙂

  58. Michaela Burnley says:

    Hey thanks for this video! I barely ever read any more. I realized I'm not actually excited about the books on my nightstand. So I went to the library today and got Station Eleven!

  59. Kamna Laghate says:

    Great video! Anna has such a soothing voice and demeanor. 🙂

  60. bester land says:

    The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, is about a lady who can literally jump into books. I love that series (and others he has written). Even though pages an co is aimed at children, I think I'll still enjoy it.

  61. Daniela Garrido says:

    This is the video I needed right now! Thank you sooooo much! I have set a goal of 25 books this year and I'm on 10th but I feel I could do more if I try it! Tbh reading what I actually feel i'll enjoy has helped me a LOT… also audiobooks, I listen to them when I'm doing the dishes or I'm driving, etc

  62. Caitlin Quinn says:

    OMG pages and co was on my TBR, so it's moving up to the top now 😍

  63. Angela G says:

    Great video! <3

  64. Eric Karl Anderson says:

    Yay Anna! 📚❤️

  65. wischiiiiiiiiii93 says:

    Station Eleven was nice <3 we had to read it for our literature course and it's one of the few books I had to read due to school and uni that I actually enjoyed

  66. Frida Herbst says:

    I love hearing other people talk passionatly about reading, I have just so few friends who actually enjoy reading as much as I do. Thank you!

  67. A World Hopper says:

    uni and especially doing so much reading for my master's has definitely slowly but surely killed my habit of reading (heck, this youtube account I'm on used to be my book channel!) but I'm trying my best to bring that habit back into life because I still adore reading above all, my tbr is massive and all those unread stories still await on my shelves and my mind. for recs last year I read the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I think anyone could enjoy the addictiveness of that great story! (and such great lgbtq rep!)

  68. What Victoria Read says:

    Booktube is a great way to get more into books and to get lots of different recommendations! My channel has lots of different accounts linked and I also make videos ☺️

  69. Hope Broome Saunders says:

    this was immensely helpful!!!! i’m about to start English A level and I know I’ll need to be able to read more than I already do!!! this will definitely help Xx

  70. Kirsten Clow says:

    So my issue is that I have to read books for uni… some of them can be such a drag and we only have to write essays on half the books we read, but I still want to finish the rest, I just run out of motivation. Does anyone have any tips? I use audible now so I can finish them quickly, but I struggle to want to read/listen to them when they're slow, even if I enjoy the story. Help!

  71. Bookish Shenanigans says:

    Loved this video so much, your bookish videos are my fave 🙂

  72. Louise Backlund says:

    What a lovely video, after writing this comment I'm going to put away my computer and pick up a book 🙂 I'm very excited about getting back into reading.
    Something that helps me get back into the flow and joy of reading is rereading a book I know I like. What are people's opinions on rereading books over here? I feel like one doesn't necessarily need to read many books in order to read a lot and/or enjoy it, just reading is enough! And some books are such good experiences that I just really want to have that experience again. I can use a previously read book as a "gateway book", as I will feel excited to step back into the world of the book and it will gain me a positive reading experience and then I feel a stronger urge to read a book I've never read that I'm keen on reading.
    It was a few years ago, but I feel excited to reread (and I can also recommend this book) The Secret History by Donna Tartt, I know it's a well-known book but I really enjoyed it.

  73. AlwaysEating Death says:

    I find going to the library helps me read more because then I have to finish the book within a certain amount of time, also they tend to have good displays of book recommendations

  74. Katy Spencer says:

    For me reading graphic novels really gives me a burst of enthusiasm that comes with finishing a book quickly! I also always have a graphic novel, audiobook, and ebook on my phone as an easy alternative to Instagram/Facebook/Twitter!

  75. NotoriousNoe says:

    One of my biggest problems is having too many books. Whether they're books I've already read or stacks of books I still plan on reading. What can I do when I have limited living space but I can't seem to throw away any of my beloved printed friends?

  76. DeusViator says:

    Honestly i've found that using every moment to read/do things is super bad for my mental health so I've kinda had to accept reading a little less for the tradeoff of looking after myself.

  77. mathilde mykløy says:

    Anna: For 8-12 year olds

    Me: Uuuuhm, and everyone else too 🙄. Trying to make it seem more ok that Pages & Co was one of my favourite reads this year

  78. Letras de Andrómeda says:

    Yo too are amazing! 💛

  79. Sophie Barrett says:

    Anyone else just instantly fall in love with Anna?!

  80. MeisLilyxxx says:

    I find now that one reason I struggle to read is that my tolerance for stressful/dark topics is incredibly low. I can manage gore but that is about it. As a consequence, it has been a long, long time since I finished a book that isn't by Terry Pratchett, or a non fiction book about conservation. On that note, a non-fiction rec is Wilding, by Isabella Tree

  81. Alivia says:

    I use to read so much in high school and use to read like 5 books a month but university has made me so stressed i feel like i cant enjoy reading anymore and only see the cliches and annoying parts of the book that i know could have been written better. I need lots of recommendations please everyone!!

  82. Tabitha B says:

    This has inspired me to put my phone down and go read a book 🤓 📖 ♥️

  83. Charlotte Wilson-Smith says:


  84. Ada banana. says:

    What I’ve recently started to do that I’ve found helps the type of reader I am is I read the book and listen to the audiobook at the same time! So I can tune out and read the book faster than the audio, i can stop reading the book if my eyes get tired and just listen to the audio and wait for it to catch up if it’s behind, and I can follow along reading and listening at the same time! That’s how I read The Goldfinch, and I was a really fun and intense experience for me because the reader was so good and I felt I was immersed in the story even more

  85. athorist says:

    I’d say try audiobooks. It’s not the same as reading a book yourself, but some of them have really good voice acting. And it’s great for comedy books, because you get it delivered in-character (that’s the only reason I bought the Toast of London one). Check your favourite podcasts for audible deals.

  86. Hazle Weatherfield says:

    Yes, you should read with a purpose – but I'm not sure my definition of this matches your guest's definition, which is, to be honest, pretty lame : "join a book group".  Really?

    Another way of saying this is "have a plan". This can be anything, but it needs to be achievable. No point in saying "I'm going to read all of Charles Dickens' novels" if you have insufficient time to do so. This year, I am reading Anthony Powell's "Dance to the music of time". Reading all 12 books might feel quite daunting, but I'm doing a book a month. Which means I can read other stuff, and have time to process what I've read, which is a good balance. I'm mixing this in with some other commitments – such as reading all the Patrick Melrose novels (5 of these – but they are light reading, so you can knock off a couple of these in a day or two). I'm also reading my way through all of Anita Brookner's novels, and Jane Gardam's "Old Filth" trilogy.  

    Your guest's book recommendations were very disappointing. You could wander into Waterstone's and find these on the front tables. It really is a measure of how widely read someone is, when they just rely on what is current. There is so much publicity surrounding new releases, that the only reason these are being recommended on YouTube is because the person is receiving a kick back from the publisher. I would have had a lot more respect for your guest if she had picked 3 'forgotten' or neglected classics. But that would have taken some chutzpah. Try these…

    "Alma Cogan" – Gordan Burn
    "The vet's daughter" – Barbara Comyns
    "The custom of the country" – Edith Wharton

  87. Helena Milburn says:

    my issue is that since I'm in school whenever I have the time to read or I want to read I feel like I have to read the book I have for school so I never end up reading the books I want to just for myself. (That being said though I LOVE English class and some of my favorite books I have discovered through school). (Also also I have dyslexia so books take me a long ass time to get through).

  88. kate says:

    i used to read so much. SO MUCH. i used to get so much crap from teachers and classmates and friends about how much i read. but ever since i started college four years ago i just. haven't been able to finish books.

  89. Unicorn Princess says:

    We use a shelf above the fireplace (it's fake, nothing will burn!) to stack is with our ”to-read” books 🙂

  90. Shayna McCartney says:

    I listen to audiobooks on my commute drive because then I have books I’m reading and books I’m listening to. I use Goodreads to keep track of everything. Also her hair is so majestic!

  91. Kirsten Verity says:

    OMG! Station Eleven! Such a great book AND takes place in the places I have lived! (Western Michigan, and in/around Toronto, Ontario!)

  92. Rasmus Olsson says:

    I always recommend the same book any time the question comes up — "The Unwomanly Face of War", by Svetlana Alexievich. The book is a compilation of stories told by women veterans of the red army. Both the role that women, as well as the role that the red army had in WWII is criminally downplayed in the history books, and that's why I think this work is one of the most important books ever written. You will cry a lot, and you will be angry that you where not told these stories before.

  93. Digital Nomad Girl says:

    Definitely going to check out those recommendations!

  94. Alice Seyfang says:

    Love this! My work hours don’t start until 9.30 so I start my mornings enjoying my book with a cup of coffee at the café around the corner from the office. It’s my favourite hour of the day. Definitely going to try some of these tips to try and get through my TBR list slightly quicker!

  95. narriparri says:

    She is lovely

  96. LucileCoccinelle says:

    Thanks again for the book recommendations. I always know where to go when I'm looking for a new read. 🙂

  97. رها شرلی says:

    You laugh very beautiful and it feels so warm

  98. Captain Clarissa says:

    If you open to different genres, you can choose a book by the length of its chapters. I read way more if the chapters are short and I can say "just one litte chapter more" instead of one with 50 pages per chapter. I recommend John Green books in this case.

  99. Kate Lock says:

    There’s a great iPhone app called Reading List. It lists books you want to read, the ones you’re currently reading and lists what you’ve finished. It’s linked to a Google books so you search and get the book cover and blurb . You can track how long it takes to read the book too. I love it 😍

  100. Ireallyreally Hategoogle says:

    I haven't read a book in over a decade maybe. I don't know why i stopped. My brother lent me his e-reader for a month, but i still read nothing.
    The only reading i do is Youtube comments, Twitter and the occasional online article.
    I think the fact that i now have astigmatism as contributed a lot.

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