― Dr. Seuss
Read, read, read. Many of us want to read all the time, under any circumstance, and no matter what. Our free time is spent going to bookstores and libraries to see all the books that we can't have, due to money issues or because they're limited editions.
There are those who love embarking on an quest to antique bookshops to see what treasures they discover. Some even claim that to love the smell of old books as if it were the most exquisite perfume. Our postmodern addiction to books often turns into a superficial and materialistic endeavor. Many of us acquire books we'll never read. We love to show off our collections without actually reading them and grasping their content.
We love to call ourselves literary buffs even when, most of the time, we don't even read 5 books a year. We live very busy and stressful lives where everyday tasks can lead us to want to go straight home to watch Netflix in our beds. We don't know why, but we've become victims of our own procrastination. We say we'll get to it but leave it for a moment when we have more time, which eventually never arrives.
In this busy life we lead, books tend to become unattainable goals. We need time to clear our minds, and social media or watching movies seem to be the easiest, fastest way to do so. However, books have the ability to make us discover other realities while exercising our mind and imagination. If you want to get rid of the drab of the everyday, here's some tips on how you can read up to 100 books in one year.
5. Acquire as many books as you can
You can leave some money aside for books. There's no better investment than procuring new stories and adventures. Just remember, if you don't read them, it'll be a waste of money. If you want to read more, you'll need more books, obviously. Having a good collection at home will make it easier for you to continue reading once you've finished one. Getting big volumes or collections can be a great idea to read more than just one book.
4. Keep reading
Set yourself a goal of reading at least an hour a day, including vacations and weekends. Find a space during your day to read. Don't make excuses, you can read on your way to work or at home, while you eat or wait for a doctor's appointment. Any moment is good to get your mind immersed in a story instead of wasting your precious time on Facebook.
According to an article in Forbes, based on a word counter, adults read an average of 300 words per minute. Supposing you're reading a text with a normal font and size, in one hour you'll be reading about 40 pages per hour. If you commit yourself to reading for one hour every weekday and 4 on the weekends, you'll have read an average of 18,720 pages (75 books of 250 pages approximately) in one year. But don't forget, reading is a habit and a process. The more you do it, the better you'll get at it. You'll start reading faster and be able to reach the 100-book goal in no time.
3. Read relevant books
There are as many genres of books as there are people in the world. You don't need to follow a list of must-read or the ones that people say are the best. Read texts that are relevant to you. It could be something that revolves around a particular situation or a theme you like. There's a book for any situation. Follow your own taste and interests.
2. Read many books at the same time
There are, of course, no rules for reading, so you can do as you please. You can read one by the morning, another to accompany you on your way to work, and other for your nights. If you're reading something that requires all your concentration to really grasp it, maybe later you can switch it up with some light reading to relax.
1. Treasure all the knowledge books provide
Knowledge is extremely useful if you know how to use it. Always keep track of the things a book can teach you. For that, you'll need a system to help you organize the ideas extracted from them:
Use a pencil to make notes on the margins or to highlight the important ideas. If you use a device, like a tablet or phone app, most of them have tools to do so. If you don't want to make notes directly on the book, you can get a notebook to write these important quotes or your analysis. At the end, you'll have all the important notes in just one notebook.
If there's something you really need to remember, fold the corner of the page or take a picture of it.
Once you've finished the book, take a look at your notes and highlights to process them. You can even write a summary you can read in the future.
Write in your own words what you think about the book and what you got from it.
Take notes on the quotes you liked or found relevant.
It's really hard to read everything we want, but using this system can help you process all the information and will make your reading habit something more natural for you. You can start right away to see that nothing is impossible.
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Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards