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Do You Read 100+ Books A Year? Tell Me Your Secrets!
One of my favorite ways to procrastinate life is to screw around on Goodreads. For some reason, I’m fascinated by what random strangers are reading. I routinely creep through people’s virtual bookshelves like some kind of book-obsessed weirdo.
Lately I’ve become really interested in Goodreads reading challenges. Last week, I came across someone who is trying to read 400 books this year. My response was . . . 400 books? 400? Really? HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? That’s more than a book a day. How can anybody read that quickly? Does this person just read all day? Is the challenge a lie? Is there some secret to reading that I haven’t discovered yet? Someone needs to tell me!
A Little Background Information
I’ve had the same New Year’s resolution every year since 2008: read 100 books in a year. Have I ever accomplished that goal? No. I have come close a few times, but I average about 75 books a year. Last year, I read 72. In 2012, I only read classics, and I struggled valiantly to hit 48. There were a few years where I reached the low 90s (mostly by reading YA), but no matter how hard I’ve tried, I’ve never been able to hit 100.
My Failed Strategies To Increase Book Consumption
Here are some strategies that have failed to make me read more books:
Give up TV
I try to only watch TV while on the treadmill. I thought this would free up more time for reading, but I’ve never been a big TV watcher, so it hasn’t made much of a difference. I did try to read on the treadmill once. I quickly discovered that I am the most uncoordinated person on the planet. I can’t read and do a hill challenge without seriously injuring myself.
Classics take me forever to finish. I spent two months of 2014 slogging through George Eliot’s Middlemarch. That’s right: it took me two months to read one book. I haven’t read any classics in 2015, and I’ve only managed to finish 46 books so far, so I don’t think classics are my problem.
I’ve listened to one audiobook in my life (The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy). I had a difficult time paying attention to it. My mind would wander, and suddenly I’d have no idea what was going on in the book. I pressed rewind a lot. It just didn’t work out for me.
Do Numbers Even Matter?
Does it really matter how many books I read in a year? No, I don’t think it does. I enjoy the books I read, and I read them at a pace that’s comfortable for me. But, I’m still curious. If you read 100+ books a year, how do you do it? Are you just a fast reader? Do you only read short books? How many hours do you spend reading a day? Do you have any reading strategies that actually work? I demand to know your secrets!