Tip 1 - Read Several Different Kinds of Book At Once:
Some days I just don't feel like reading the book I'm stuck 1/2 way through reading. Or I just feel more like watching the latest Zombie genre offering on Netflix.
This year I decided to read between 3-5 books at the same time; books that are all very different to each other! Reading this way meant that I didn't have to motivate myself to read "that one book". Rather, whatever mood I was in there was something matching my mood to read; Socio-political history, warm pastoral help, classic literature, zombies, short essays of historical Christian practices.
Swap freely between the different genre books as you feel like it.
Tip 2 - Read Different Books in Different Formats:
I always aim to have different books ready to read in different formats.
KINDLE APP: Kindle books usually tend to be books that are a relatively light read, and ones that I may want to digitally "highlight" selections from to use later. I also usually choose books for my iPhone kindle app that I can read in short spurts (see tip 3). They often tend to be more instructional books that have short chapters.
AUDIO BOOK: I'll choose an audio book for one of two reasons. Either I read an audio book because I only want to get an "overview" depth of understanding. OR its a book I'm reading as a "treat/motivation" for doing some other activity such as a gym visit (see tip 4).
PAPER: I usually choose paper book if its either a book/author I love, OR it is a book I want to read slowly and give more considered attention to.
Tip 3 - Select Different Books for Different Locations
Tip 4 - Use Audio Books as Motivation for Other Tasks***
I always have one audio book cued on my phone that I'll ONLY listen to while at the gym.
At the moment I'm reading the "World War Z" audiobook ONLY when I go to the gym (or need motivation in some other undesirable task). Because I only "get" to read this book at the gym, it also acts as a motivation to do something I'd otherwise be tempted to avoid. Of course it can't be a book that requires deep focus.
***Warning - I have to make extra effort to make sure I ALSO give myself down-time from reading; allowing my mind to wander, and give attention to those thoughts I'd much rather be distracted from!
I'm Steve. Anglican Presbyter, Practical Theology Enthusiast, and Graphic Design Hobbyist in Sydney, Australia