Read in intervals. For those of you with a busy schedule or for people who are too hyper to sit down to read for long periods of time, read 5-10 pages of a book, take a 20 to 30 minute break to something else (whether it's working, cleaning, participating in other hobbies, etc), and then come back and read 5-10 pages, and then take another 20 to 30 minute break. I'm an incredibly hyper person who hates to sit still or do anything for longer than a few seconds at a time, so this is incredibly helpful. You may think you don't have time to read, but if you schedule short periods of time throughout your day, you'll be able to get through a book within a short time span.
Force yourself to read. Obviously it's not necessary to participate in any hobbies that you do not want to do. Not everyone enjoys reading. But if you take the time out to try to read, you may just so happen to change your mind. Pick up some books that you may be interested in, and force yourself to read a few pages, to see if you like it.
Stop the distractions. Tv, off. Internet, off. And unless music helps you to focus, turn that off too. Don't worry. Don't think about things that need to be done. Be alone. The best way to keep focused during reading is, as we all know, to stop with the distractions. Schedule some quiet time throughout your day to be able to read in peace. Pick your favorite room, cuddle up in a nice soft blanket, and try to make your environment as serene as possible. Perhaps even light a nice scented candle and turn on a table lamp and try to avoid really bright lights. I like to do this for an hour or so. I call it my Quiet Hour. I'm easily distracted, even by my own thoughts. But I've noticed that this is a good way to get started on trying to stay focused.
Don't read too much. I've noticed many people who overdo it with reading and will read too many books at once and then get sick and tired of reading and will then not pick up another for a few months. There are other hobbies in this world besides reading. I know, shocking, right? You may think it's the best thing ever, but if all you do is read, you're going to get sick of it eventually. I remember I once spent all day every day for a week during summer break reading all I could get my hands on, and after that week was over, I didn't want to see another book for a long time. Just like too much cake can be bad for you, so can reading. I know it sounds odd to be recommending not to read too much when I'm trying to give tips on how to read more. But you're not going to be reading more if you tire yourself out by reading too much. Get my drift? Spend time doing other hobbies, communicate with people, and go outside and take walks.
Make it a habit. Read daily and turn it into a habit rather than something you do every once in a while.
Read what you want to read. If you like romance novels, read romance novels. If you like classics, read classics. If you like children's books, read children's books. This seems like something everyone would already know, but there's too many people who will choose to read something that they don't even like simply because they think that that's what they're supposed to be reading. Or because they don't want to get made fun of by other people for what they like to read. There is a time for reading for leisure and a time for reading for work. You don't have to read all classics and be challenging your brain at all times. And there's way too many adults who need to get off their narcissistic thrones and stop thinking that they should only read adult books or books that challenge them or are difficult to read, just so they can pride themselves on that. I've seen people shame other people for liking YA (young adult) books, children's books, and so on and so forth. I've even heard someone say that people who read anything other than challenging, adult literature, are disgraces to humanity and that they should be ashamed of themselves for liking anything such as Harry Potter, because OH THE HORROR, it's for children. Oh no!
Please don't be ashamed of whatever you like to read. Reading is for fun and for learning. It's not to be a pretentious snob. Read a variety of books, and don't let people shame you into only reading certain things instead of what you truly love.
Set aside money each week for books. Books can be really expensive, and if you're going to get into the habit of reading, you'll need to set aside a certain amount each week for book money.
Get a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader device. These make it so much easier to read, and there's a lot of free e-books available. Plus there's no clutter! Physical books are great, especially because you can use them as decorations. I love hardcover books such as the leatherbound classic of Alice in Wonderland. Books like that just make beautiful decorative pieces for your bookshelf. But there comes a time where you'll either run out of space in your house or will not feel like carrying around books wherever you go, and e-readers are a great lightweight alternative.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more random ramblings!