Children's Favorites

The world of children's books is so exciting right now!  There is so much going on - so many new authors and series, new favorites to follow!!  Here's just some of what we're excited about right now!

Keep an eye out for a new movie based on The Wrinkle In Time!

Serafina and the Black Cloak (The Serafina Series Book 1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781484711873
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 14th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING SERIES!


Serafina and the Twisted Staff (The Serafina Series Book 2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484778067
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 4th, 2017

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING SERIES


Serafina and the Splintered Heart (The Serafina Series Book 3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484775042
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 3rd, 2017

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING SERIES


The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316201568
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2013

The first book in Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories about two siblings who fall into a fairy-tale world!

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.


The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316406826
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2015

In the third book in the New York Times bestselling series by Chris Colfer, the Brothers Grimm have a warning for the Land of Stories.


The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316406871
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2016

Fairy tales are just the beginning.

The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it's up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him...except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they're in danger.


The Land of Stories: An Author's Odyssey Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316383219
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 13th, 2017

The fifth book in Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories!


The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316406871
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2016

Fairy tales are just the beginning.

The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it's up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him...except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they're in danger.


The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316355896
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 11th, 2017

The epic conclusion to Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories!

In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters--heroes and villains--are no longer confined within their world!


Bad Unicorn (The Bad Unicorn Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442450134
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Published: Aladdin - March 11th, 2014

In this start to a hilarious middle grade fantasy trilogy, Max Spencer discovers that he could be a powerful wizard—and a killer unicorn is hunting him.

It wasn’t Max Spencer’s idea to fight robots, lead an army, or save the world—it just so happens that he’s the only living person who can read the most fantastical book ever written: The Codex of Infinite Knowa


Fluff Dragon (The Bad Unicorn Trilogy #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442450158
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Published: Aladdin - April 15th, 2014

This second book in the hilarious Bad Unicorn trilogy features killer unicorns, good dragons, rogue fire kittens, and a boy who just might be a wizard.

After defeating a killer unicorn and saving a universe, all Max and his friends want to do is go home. Instead, Max discovers that the Codex of Infinite Knowability has stopped working.


Good Ogre (The Bad Unicorn Trilogy #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442450196
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Published: Aladdin - April 5th, 2016

Max is finally home in Madison, but the magical mayhem is just beginning in this conclusion to the hilarious trilogy that started with Bad Unicorn and Fluff Dragon, which Publishers Weekly called “deviously enjoyable.”

After saving an entire world—three, actually—it’s no wonder Max can’t seem to get comfortable back home, where the mo


By Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316335478
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 17th, 2014

Before the Baudelaires became orphans, before he encountered A Series of Unfortunate Events, even before the invention of Netflix, Lemony Snicket was a boy discovering the mysteries of the world.


By Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316336840
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Before the Baudelaires became orphans, before he encountered A Series of Unfortunate Events, even before the invention of Netflix, Lemony Snicket was a boy discovering the mysteries of the world.


By Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316380607
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2015

Before the Baudelaires became orphans, before he encountered A Series of Unfortunate Events, even before the invention of Netflix, Lemony Snicket was a boy discovering the mysteries of the world.

Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?


Spy School Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442421837
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Can an undercover nerd become a superstar agent? Ben Ripley sure hopes so—and his life may depend on it!

Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: C.I.A. or bust.


Spy Camp (Spy School) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442457546
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

In this follow-up to the Edgar-nominated Spy School, top-secret training continues into summer for aspiring spy Ben Ripley—and so does the danger.

Ben Ripley is a middle-schooler whose school is not exactly average—he’s spent the last year training to be a top-level spy and dodging all sorts of associated danger.


Evil Spy School Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442494893
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2015

When Ben gets kicked out of the CIA’s spy school, he enrolls with the enemy.


Smile Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545132060
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Published: Graphix - February 1st, 2010

Raina Telgemeier's #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir based on her childhood!


Drama Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545326995
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Published: Graphix - September 1st, 2012

From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile and Sisters!


Sisters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545540605
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Published: Graphix - August 26th, 2014

Raina Telgemeier's #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning companion to Smile!


Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763681173
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Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2016

A 2016 National Book Award Finalist!

Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship.


The BFG Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142410387
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda

One of TIME MAGAZINE’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time


James and the Giant Peach Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780140374247
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Published: Puffin Books - April 1st, 1996

From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG


Matilda (Puffin Modern Classics) Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780142402535
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Published: Puffin Books - September 23rd, 2004

“The Trunchbull” is no match for Matilda!


Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142417225
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Published: Puffin Books - May 3rd, 2011

The thrilling young mystery series from internationally bestselling author John Grisham!

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.


Theodore Boone: The Abduction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142421376
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Published: Puffin Books - April 24th, 2012

Book 2 in the thrilling young mystery series from internationally bestsellling author John Grisham


Theodore Boone: The Accused Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142426135
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Published: Puffin Books - April 9th, 2013

Book 3 in the thrilling young mystery series from internationally bestselling author John Grisham


Theodore Boone: The Activist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142423097
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Published: Puffin Books - April 22nd, 2014

Book 4 in the thrilling young mystery series from intrenationally bestselling author John Grisham


Theodore Boone: the Fugitive Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525426387
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2015

"Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist." —The New York Times
 
Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone thought the danger had passed, but he’s about to face off against an old adversary: accused mur­derer and fugitive Pete Duffy. 


Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375832291
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2005

With multiple Children's Choice Awards and over 1.8 million books sold, kids, parents, and teachers agree that Babymouse is perfect for fans of Junie B. Jones, Ivy and Bean, Bad Kitty, and Dork Diaries!


Babymouse #2: Our Hero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375832307
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2005

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Newbery Honor winning author Jennifer Holm teams up with Matthew Holm to bring you a fully illustrated graphic novel series packed with humor and kid appeal—BABYMOUSE!


Babymouse #3: Beach Babe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375832314
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 23rd, 2006

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Newbery Honor winning author Jennifer Holm teams up with Matthew Holm to bring you a fully illustrated graphic novel series packed with humor and kid appeal—BABYMOUSE!
 


Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #1: Amelia Bedelia Means Business Cover Image
By Herman Parish, Lynne Avril (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062094964
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 29th, 2013

Amelia Bedelia makes her chapter book debut! In Amelia Bedelia Means Business, a New York Times bestseller and the first book in the new chapter book series, young Amelia Bedelia will do almost anything for a shiny new bicycle. 


Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #2: Amelia Bedelia Unleashed Cover Image
By Herman Parish, Lynne Avril (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062094995
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 29th, 2013

In Amelia Bedelia Unleashed, the second book in Amelia Bedelia’s new chapter book series, Amelia Bedelia goes to the dogs and discovers why puppies rule!


Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #3: Amelia Bedelia Road Trip! Cover Image
By Herman Parish, Lynne Avril (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062095022
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 27th, 2013

Amelia Bedelia, America's favorite housekeeper, had a childhood full of surprises, mischief, and hilarious misunderstandings. In this illustrated chapter book adventure, just right for fans of Judy Moody and Ivy + Bean, young Amelia Bedelia piles into the family car and takes a road trip with her family.


Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Heroes in Training #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442452633
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Published: Aladdin - August 7th, 2012

After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new series!

The terrible Titans—merciless giants who enjoy snacking on humans—have dominated the earth and put the world into chaos.


Poseidon and the Sea of Fury (Heroes in Training #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442452657
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Published: Aladdin - December 4th, 2012

A young Poseidon must triumph over aquatic terrors in this Heroes in Training adventure.

The merciless Cronus and his Titan buddies are in hot pursuit of Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon, who plan to travel across the treacherous boiling sea in order to save a fellow Olympian.


Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire (Heroes in Training #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442452695
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Published: Aladdin - August 6th, 2013

The action heats up for Zeus and his fellow Olympians in this blazing Heroes in Training tale.

Phew, it’s hot! Under the titan Hyperion’s rule, the sun is burning even brighter than normal and scorching everything in northern Greece—including the villagers!


The Secret of the Swords (Sword Girl #1) Cover Image
By Watts Frances, Gregory Rogers (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781742377285
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Published: Allen & Unwin Academic - April 1st, 2015

The first adventure in the Sword Girl series featuring the feisty Tommy When Tommy is made Flamant Castle's Keeper of the Blades, it seems her dreams of being a knight might come true. But then a valuable sword is stolen from the sword chamber. Can a surprising secret and an extra-special group of friends help her find it? Or will she be sent back to the kitchen in disgrace?


The Poison Plot (Sword Girl #2) Cover Image
By Watts Frances, Gregory Rogers (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781742377926
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Published: Allen & Unwin Academic - April 1st, 2015

The second adventure in the Sword Girl series featuring the feisty Tommy

Sir Walter is holding a banquet at Flamant Castle but Tommy overhears one of the castle's enemies plotting to poison him. Unless she can foil the plot, Flamant will be at war Can an unusual cure for a cold possibly save the day?


The Tournament Trouble (Sword Girl #3) Cover Image
By Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781742379890
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Published: Allen & Unwin Academic - May 1st, 2015

The third adventure in the Sword Girl series Flamant Castle is having a tournament But when one of the squires is injured during practice, Sir Benedict asks Tommy to take his place. He even offers her one of his own horses to ride. It's a dream come true for Tommy.


The Siege Scare (Sword Girl #4) Cover Image
By Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781742379906
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Published: Allen & Unwin Academic - May 1st, 2015

Feisty Tommy's fourth adventure

When Sir Walter, Sir Benedict, and the other knights go to nearby Roses Castle for a tournament, the enemy knights from Malice attack Flamant. The castle is surrounded and there's no way out With the help of her friends, Tommy devises a daring plan. Can she save Flamant Castle before it's too late?


Rise of the Earth Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #1) Cover Image
By Tracey West, Graham Howells (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780545646239
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 26th, 2014

The New York Times bestselling Dragon Masters series is "How to Train Your Dragon" meets the Dragon Slayers' Academy, and it's perfect for newly independent readers!

Pick a book. Grow a reader.


Saving the Sun Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #2) Cover Image
By Tracey West, Graham Howells (Illustrator), Damien Jones (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780545646253
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - November 25th, 2014

DRAGON MASTERS has it all--dragons, Dragon Stones, a wizard, and even some magic!


Secret of the Water Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #3) Cover Image
By Tracey West, Graham Howells (Illustrator), Damien Jones (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780545646284
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 24th, 2015

Drake and the rest of the Dragon Masters are back for another adventure!


Power of the Fire Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #4): A Branches Book Cover Image
By Tracey West, Graham Howells (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780545646314
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 28th, 2015

It's time for the Dragon Masters to battle the dark wizard!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!


How to read more

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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