Caught in the Middle

Reading A Book A Week

I highly discourage setting quantity-based reading goals for a number of reasons. It changes what you read. Maybe you're considering reading classic literature (Hemingway, Tolstoy, etc). But you open the book and suddenly realize it's far too long or too intensive a read; It'll prevent you from meeting your quota. So, you put it down, or you don't give a very thoughtful read, because you have this self-imposed deadline to meet.

It prioritises shorter and less thought-intensive reading. Similarly, maybe you start avoiding reading anything that you can't "count," like academic journals or other articles. But who's to say these are less important or intellectually/personally nurturing? Perhaps it doesn't change what you read. In my opinion, it changes HOW you read.

What I found was that after the first week, I did not read a book and therefore did not read a book every week. I'm too lazy to search and then read about what I should read I received similar advice two years ago and I went into 2016 attempting to read a book a week.

If I read a corporate email I read way different than a book. I made it a goal to read a book a week and I've been doing really well.

I have to have the freedom to read what I want to read, because if a book doesn't grip me, I'm definitely not going to meet my reading goals. I'm re-reading the enders-game series right now and I finish one book per week on average. 2) "If I were in a book club discussing this book, could I engage in conversation about the themes and details?" I love to learn and it doesn't matter how much time it takes me to read the book if it is good. Within the last 10 days, I've read two ~400 page books, and am already ~100 pages into my next book. I read For Whom The Bell Tolls in just over a week. I hadn't read a single book in my life until my sophomore year in High School. Now, try these thought experiment: 1) "Can I explain this book to someone who's never read it?" If a parent reads The Hobbit to a young child, does that mean the child has read the book? I went as far a setting a 100 book reading goal on Good Reads. But why would I want to slow my reading rate to just one book per week? I know kids in my family that in school they will read along with the audiobook of the book in class. Lastly, now that you're on to book two, use your answers to these questions to inform your decision on your next book. After I set the goal I didn't really think about it again but at the end of the year I found that I read 55 books! I want to confirm your very scientific post with some not so scientific anecdotes ;) I mostly read science fiction books.

And I don't really alter what I read based on my goal. yeah, I see no reason to read less either Last year was the first time I set a reading goal at 24 books.

But when a guy at work asks me if I read The Martian and I tell him I did and he tells me he read the audiobook during his commute.

The key is that I don't really evaluate it at the end of the week, I'm going to evaluate it at the end of the year. When you buy a book and aren't motivated enough to read it, then that is not a struggle. But you open the book and suddenly realize it's far too long or too intensive a read; It'll prevent you from meeting your quota. At first it was difficult but now If I don't have a book with me I get that feeling like I'm forgetting something.

Personally, my reading habits can get me through a book a DAY if I'm reading something light. About a week ago I was forcing myself to get through "The Rook" which I had heard of on some random list somewhere. In many cases, you would have been better off meaningfully reading one book than manically reading 3 on the same topic. I have picked up the pace, but a book a week? I joined a challenge book group, and each of the challenges requires the books to be at least 150 pages. I think most people that try it are surprised by how easily they can get through a whole book. So, you put it down, or you don't give a very thoughtful read, because you have this self-imposed deadline to meet. I put all this self-imposed pressure on myself to read a huge amount of books in 2016. Only one book a week?. Then I read 60 books in 3 years, and exhausted that topic. I was required to read a lot of text books and journal publications, both of which posed huge problems. In an effort to maintain speed and accomplishment, most people will push through a book faster than their comprehension rate allows. The goal here is to locate how well you comprehended what you read. While your point is valid for many, I believe my reading goal saved my attention span and made it possible for me to read books again and not just short Internet articles. Nine months into this, I find I can read for hours at a time again. Sometimes I also bring my Kindle and read while I'm walking across campus to my next class. How many pages do you typically read in a day? Quantifying the number books you've read does not provide any measure of genuine learning or intelligence. They've experienced the book, but they haven't read it themselves. So far it hasn't -- half the books I've read this year so far have been 600 pages long. He didn't read that book. I like to read at my own pace and understand what I am reading.

I deleted it from my phone, relaxed and realized all these half-finished books I wasn't enjoying needed to go. There's no shame in putting down a dense book that's boring you and picking up something that'll draw you into its story. I had read all the books in my library when I was three. I read every night before I go to sleep and have for years. And I don't pick books based on their length , just books that I'm interested in. At some point, you find yourself opening up a book when you are bored, instead of Instagram or Twitter. join the club, I have finished the 3rd one this week half an hour ago. Yesterday I reached 37 books read. Try an elliptical instead - I can't read on the treadmill but an elliptical is much smoother. In fact, the last two books I truly enjoyed were at the start of the year before I launched this endeavor. I still enjoy them and I don't care how long it takes only if it is enjoyable. When I was a kid I read tons. I actually try to absorb a book rather than scanning for the appropriate data. Sometimes I even force my way through games I don't like just to make sure I still get the 100%. I don't think that the amount of time it took to create something is much relevant here, to be honest. One thing that has helped a lot is to pretty much always read on my phone--much more convenient. I typically forget it too which means I have to go read it again.

But I also tend to read scientific books like Brysons "A Short History of Everything" or Dawkins "The Selfish Gene" and these books take me weeks to month to finish. If audiobooks are what someone needs in order to experience a book, then more power to them. It not only helps me read more, but also helps me gain control of my concentration. As long as I'm happy with the quality of the material I'm reading, I couldn't care less if that comprises four or four hundred books a year. This means I have a huge backlog of poetry, plays, and novellas that I haven't touched because I'm too busy trying to read a book over 400 pages that has a ship on the cover. So, listen to OP and read whatever you like whenever you like! Some books I've read in just a couple of days like The Great Gatsby, then others will take me a couple weeks like Mason and Dixon. I now aim to read 3 books per minute. I have to read everything incredibly slow to understand what the message is. You've read more than a shocking percent of all people have this year.

Maybe it's time to put that book down and find something more interesting. I would gauge thatmost everyone on Reddit likes to read. Now that I'm out working in an industry job, I suppose I can look into methods to improve my reading now. Reading, for me is about getting absorbed and pleasure and experience, and having lost that, reading had lost all its appeal. My trick to reading books much quicker than before: Audiobooks It drives me crazy when some people insist that audiobooks don't count. I like to read for fun, not to brag about it online. I started caring more and more about showing off on Goodreads that I was plowing through books. I've read 49 so far this year, the longest being Don Quixote. Pick a small book Oh, look another r/books post about reading no. But, what should I read? It definitely took more than 2 hours to make a movie , but I'm not going to spend weeks watching it. I think its a great resource for helping kids learn to read.

I think this could really work for people or some people can use this a jump off point. However, adult life crept in, and I found in recent years that I was reading little or nothing. The "pomodoro technique" is a great way of implementing time-based reading as you describe it --- especially the mobile-app based ones.

Reading a chapter a night or 15-20 pages was key in getting me from 1-2 books a year to about 25-35. wink wink Oh yeah I'm not even coming against audio books, for a lot of people it's a great substitute.

They've had it read to them, but that's not quite the same thing.

I do understand the anxiety that comes from hearing "so and so reads 100 books a year!" You are not wrong but focusing on reading quantities can reduce quality of consumption, particularily for the type of people who would read an article like this.

And I try to read 4 or 5 a month.