We all know we should read more.
What’s stopping us?
“I don’t have enough time.”
“I’m too tired when I get back from work.”
“I’m not a good reader.”
Reading educates us. It opens our minds to new ideas. It makes us better.
If you can find time to go to the gym, you can find time to read.
Hold on, bad example: going to the gym is a good thing.
If you can find time to watch TV, you can find time to read.
If you can find time to go drinking, you can find time to read.
I’m taking a challenge.
I’m going to read a book a week.
That’s 52 books a year.
Assuming that I live another 40 years, that’s more than 2,000 books in the rest of my life.
Impossible you say?
Well let’s break it down.
My Kindle gives me an estimate of time needed to complete a book.
On a normal book of around 250 pages, my Kindle reckons it should take less than 3 hours.
That’s a just over a movie!
Break that down. That’s 30 mins a day.
Can you find 30 mins a day?
What if you read faster than that?
Some reading maxims to read by
Ramit Sethi has this rule. When people ask him whether they should buy a book they’re not sure about, he says to just buy it. Even if you get just one idea from the book, the £10 was worth it.
Don’t be afraid to speed read
Some people think you have to always read word for word and from cover to cover.
Reading is reading. I’d rather get 90% of a book and finish it in a week than get 98% and take 3 months to finish it.
Don’t be afraid to give up on a book
If you’re not enjoying it, stop reading it. Move on to the next book. Life’s too short.
We’d all like to read more. Join me in the Book a Week Challenge! Let me know in the comments what you’d like to read next.