If you’ve ever found yourself lost in the maze of the habit of reading books, then you’ve come to the right place. This is your ultimate guide — a comprehensive compass designed to navigate you through your journey.

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Guide to the Habit of Reading Books

Cultivating a reading habit might seem like a formidable task. I hear from readers ALL THE TIME who are struggling to do so. However, reading is a powerful habit that can transform our minds, cultivate empathy, and broaden our understanding of the world and beyond. And it’s easier than you think.

This ultimate guide is brimming with practical tips for reading, motivational quotes, and habit-forming strategies to nurture your love for reading. It compiles ALL of my top posts on reading habits for you to follow step-by-step and become a better reader.

Let’s embark on this extraordinary journey of reading better together!

Inspirational Quotes on Reading Habits (And Their Importance)

First, explore the most inspirational quotes on reading habits and quotes about the importance of reading in order to reach your reading goals.

Quotes can be a great way to keep us motivated in our journeys to better habits. This post is about helping you make a reading habit and answer the question, “Why is reading important?”

These quotes on the importance of books are the type of words you can use on your habit trackers, screensavers, etc., to remind you how to be a better reader and why it matters.

Surprising Changes in Reading Habits of Americans

Next, discover the truth about the changes in reading habits of adults in the United States, some of which may surprise you! It’s not just intriguing what my research revealed — it’s also impactful, especially as to younger generations.

Believe it or not, reading habits currently aren’t that great in America. In order to understand how we got here (and how we can hopefully improve), it’s important to first look at changes in reading habits.

Good Reading Habits to Develop Now

Then, learn about good reading for adults, students, and college students to develop here. These are the habits of good readers that you can copy to actually make a difference in your own reading life.

Explore more closely the types of good reading habits that avid readers regularly do, like reading multiple books at once.

Bad Reading Habits to Avoid

Further, if you’re looking to broaden your horizons through reading, stop reading the wrong way! Don’t let yourself get bogged down by these bad reading habits, like getting distracted by social media! Learn how to overcome your poor reading habits and become an avid reader who enjoys all the benefits of reading.

How To Develop a Reading Habit Quickly and Easily

Most importantly, learn how to develop a reading habit quickly and easily to enjoy all the life-changing benefits of reading, from learning new things to improving your communication, reducing stress, helping you sleep better, increasing your empathy, helping you solve problems, expanding your worldview, helping you focus better, and even entertaining yourself.

These teachings are primarily based on my experiences as an avid adult reader of 100+ books per year, as well as the daily reading habits I have noticed in others who have succeeded in developing a reading habit.

I’m also going to inject some of the principles of the renowned “habits” guru, James Clear, who is the author of the massively bestselling book, Atomic Habits

Guide to James Clear’s Bestselling Book Atomic Habits

In developing your reading habit, explore more closely the teachings of habits guru, James Clear, author of the massively bestselling book, Atomic Habits

Clear describes “atomic habits” as “a regular practice or routine that is not only small and easy to do, but also the source of incredible power.” Clear’s advice isn’t to overwhelm yourself, but rather it’s based on the belief that “[g]etting 1 percent better every day counts for a lot in the long-run.” Clear also believes in setting up systems to make it obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying to do your desired habit. 

Learn exactly how to do just that to improve your habit of reading books.

How to Apply the Reading Habits of Successful People

Then, discover the reading habits of successful people, including today’s billionaires and great leaders (and how they find time to read), what books they recommend, and how you can follow their lead.

The goal? For you to be just as successful by reading more!

Best Books to Start a Reading Habit for Adults (+ PDF)

Finally, find the best books to start a reading habit for adults that gets you into reading books for the long term. Start reading these new books for your personal development or your book clubs!

As a book blogger and reader of 100+ books per year, I help you find books specifically for YOU to both start your reading habits and turn them into permanent habits of reading.

To further help you along your personal journey of growing your reading habits, you can also download a printable PDF to create your own unique list of the best books to start reading now.


The habit of reading books is a lifelong journey filled with countless plot twists and memorable characters. It’s one that promises newfound knowledge and so much more. So, keep turning the pages and building your reading habit. Here’s to the countless literary adventures that await you.

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