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Fresh Start : Become a Reader

1.9.2014 • 3 Comments


You already know how much I love reading books if you’ve seen my personal site. I don’t just love reading. I love how books change me.  Today, Nancy Ray, talented owner and photographer of Nancy Ray Photography, is sharing her advice on how to become a reader! I am constantly inspired by her to read more through her Instagram feed and monthly goals. Check out what she has to say! 

Five years from today, you will be the same person that you are today, except for the books you read and the people you meet. ― Charlie Jones

30df76fdc6cbc3b9755fae1e4041680bMy Dad used to tell me that quote all the time when I was growing up. He was and is a dedicated bookworm.  I honestly don’t know how many books he’s read, but it’s definitely in the thousands. I always thought that quote was an exaggeration, until I became a reader.

I used to hate reading. Growing up, I thought it was pretty much the most boring thing you could do. I’d rather be doing a million other things than read a book. It was like homework or punishment to me, so I decided that I just wasn’t like my Dad.

Fast forward to today: I love to read.  I try to read some every day as part of my morning routine. I read 19 books in 2013, which honestly is a little unbelievable to me!

I say all this to disprove the lie that so many people say to themselves:

“I’m just not a reader.” 

Well, guess what? You are the only one who can make that change! And you can be a reader. It’s as simple as that. So how did I make the change? How did I go from hating reading to loving it?

I made up my mind to become a reader. I decided I didn’t know everything. I decided I wanted to learn how to be a better person, how to live a more fulfilling life, how to manage my time. I knew I could learn a lot from my own life, but I could learn a whole lot more from the lives of others. I decided I wanted to learn so much that I could be an example and teach others, too. I also chose a time to read that worked well for my lifestyle. I chose books that I actually wanted to read, and I set goals to accomplish reading them. Only 15 pages a day will allow you to read 1-2 books each month. Who knew it could be so easy?

With that simple decision, I am happy to say I’m officially a bookworm. I am also a better wife, friend, Christian, business owner, citizen, speaker, leader, and all-around better person because of that simple decision to read 15 pages a day.

Here are a few tips that will help you become a reader, if you so dare. But beware – reading will change you. What you fill your mind with has the power to change your life forever; it certainly has mine!

Tips to help you become a reader

1. Only select books that come recommended by a trusted source. (Need recommendations? Check out my Pinterest Pages: Books on Life + Faith, Business, and Enjoyment. To follow along with my current reads, follow my Instagram hashtag #nancyrayreads)

2. Choose a balance of books that touch on every aspect of life:

Social Relationships

This allows me to mix it up and really stay sharpened as a person. I think you’re the best reader when you’re a well-rounded reader.

3. Read a little every day (I read at least 10-15 pages/day, during my morning routine. I occasionally read in the evenings, but usually I’m too sleepy!)

4. Read one book at a time (My husband disagrees on this one! I like the feeling of accomplishment it brings, and the focus it allows. But when it comes down to it, do what works for you.)

Today is the day you can decide to become a reader, and I hope you do!

Is anyone willing to take the plunge?

Readers out there – what are some of your favorite book recommendations?

Happy reading!

12This post is a part of the FRESH START series. A three-week series to get you ready for 2014. Each week will have a different theme, mind, home and body. 

Previous Posts:
Intro | Catherine Guidry’s Goal Making | Using the Powersheets

 Photo of Nancy by Eric Kelley

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I love this post, as I’m always trying to convince friends and others I know to read more – and to enjoy it! I’ve always loved to read, and I have some set time during the day (during my metro commute) to dedicate to it, fortunately. I have a goal of reading at least 52 books each year (one per week, on average). Here is a list of my all time favorite books ( and my thoughts on 2013 books (

I feel so encouraged to dig deep into the pile of books that I would like to read this year! “7” is actually on my ‘read soon’ list so I love seeing it featured above. Thank you for sharing Nancy Ray!

I’m also hoping to read more books in 2014! Thanks for the encouragement. I’m finding mornings to be a great time to read as well. Happy reading!