One of the questions I repeatedly am asked is “How do you read more than 50 books a year?”
I’ve had to do some reflection on this, but maybe these tips will help you get to that book or pile of books you’ve always been wanting to read.
1. I make reading a priority. It fills my tank. I am intentional about it. I personally believe that reading is one of the great ways to continue expanding my mind and transform my life.
2. I keep a “to be read” shelf or shelves of books to choose from that I will read next. This saves me time from having to browse at a bookstore. Many times I will ask God to guide me to the next book He wants me to read.
3. I keep a book with me at all times. If I’m caught in traffic, delayed at the dentist office, sitting on the . . . ‘Nuff said.
4. I read widely. For me, reading in only one genre gets old fast. I might read a few books that pertain to my work and then take a break to read something completely out of my field of expertise.
5. I don’t feel guilty about reading just for fun. My mom let me read comic books when I was a kid which began my love for reading. “Beach reads” or “burn through reads” are a great diversion and help spur my creativity.
6. I don’t watch a lot of television. Most of what I watch is sporting events. And sporting events tend to afford many opportunities to read–in between pitches, during time outs, etc.
7. I don’t read junk. And what I mean by junk are books that don’t come highly recommended. There are far too many great books and life is too short to read trash.
8. I read quickly . . . but I don’t skim. The more you read, the faster you will learn to read.
9. I keep a dictionary on my desk. If I don’t understand a word, I look it up. Not only does it improve my reading arsenal but it improves my future reading speed.
10. I keep a list of the books I’ve read. I write down the book title, author and the month I completed it. I then rank the book with 1 to 4 stars. I’ve done this for the past 20 years and it’s very fun to go back and review what I’ve read.
Do you have some reading tips? I would love to hear them.