When I lived in Philly, I found a stack of books on a stoop and decided to take them home. I’m not sure what prompted this rescue, but one of those books has stayed with me for years. Not because it was the best book I’ve ever read, but because it was the kind of book I would normally never choose.
Actually, it was an awful book. Going to the Sun, a lovingly misleading title about a bear attack, described so vividly and horrifically that it still gives me the chills, just thinking about it now.
Anyway, the other day I came across an article in The Observer on How to Read 100 Books a Year. It sounded overwhelming and impossible. But, it had great ideas on making the conscious effort to read in general, and not just as some sort of triumph.
Here are a few takeaways from the article that I found super helpful:
Buy In Bulk
After finishing a book, I often spent hours on a search for the next one. Having a short stack or a few uploads on Kindle eliminates all the time spent reading book reviews, which you could use to just read the next novel on the list. Kind of genius.
Always Be Reading
This means carving out time to read, whether on a train, while eating lunch, before bed or while waiting for an appointment. Basically, all those times that you take out your phone to occupy your time, you could be reading.
Read What You Like
It’s ok to not like a bestseller that everyone else is crazy about. I couldn’t get through 50 Shades of Grey, and I definitely should not have read about any deadly bear attacks.
Instead, read about topics that interest you, or books that provide insight on what’s going on in your life.
These are the three books on my current reading list, have you read any of them?
I’d love to hear what’s on your reading list, as long as it’s not about death by bear.