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I struggled (and sometimes still do) to keep up the habit of reading or finishing a book which I starting reading. I am now getting better and have built some reading routine in my life.
Provided I go to bed early enough I will read before sleeping, and provided I have enough spare time before going to work in the morning I will read before jumping in my car.
I think the main things that helped me were combining my habit of drinking coffee or tea with reading and not having too greater expectations of myself with my reading.
I really like coffee and tea and often drink one cup in the morning and a caffeine free cup in the evening. I combined my reading with this. It was a good way to prolong my delicious cup of tea or coffee and as the drink helped to make me feel calm and alert, the more I wanted to read.
I am also very easy on myself if I miss a night or two of reading. Also I might only read two or three pages a day. I'm okay with that. I read until I have had enough, then I stop and do something else. I like to treat reading as play (something spontaneous and just done for the hell of it), instead of treating it as work (something that I have to do or that I ought to want to do).
I use to set myself reading goals like I must read x amount of pages per night minimum. Now I just let it happen. Some days I can't put the book down and absolutely love reading. On the days where I read just a few pages and want to do something else I'm more than happy to do so. I know that I will probably have another great day (or more) of reading later in the week, or even the week after ;)