by Seattle Jon (bio)
A few years ago I wondered if I could read a book a week, or 52 books a year. That first year I read 44 books totaling nearly 20,000 pages. I hit 52 books the next year, then 33 and 50 books the following two years. I am sitting at 50 books already this year.
These numbers surprise some people. They ask me what my secret is. Well, there is no secret, but I do have some suggestions on how you can read more books.
- Read 4-5 books at the same time – I used to read one book at a time, thinking the constant switching back and forth would make it difficult to absorb what was going on in each book. Wrong. This is probably the best way to increase the number of books you read because of suggestion #2.
- Your current reading list should be varied – reading only one book, or only books of one genre (i.e. LDS non-fiction) is limiting, because if you're not in the mood for what you're reading, you won't read. Try keeping a variety of books on your nightstand, such as these I've recently read:
- "Heavy reading" book (The Pillars of the Earth) for longer stretches of reading time
- "Fun reading" book (World War Z) requiring little mental effort for short bursts
- Historical non-fiction (Massacre at Mountain Meadows) or fiction (Big Rock Candy Mountain)
- Mormon-related book (David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism)
- A series (Fablehaven or John Carter of Mars)
- Something that stretches your boundaries/beliefs (Fifty Shades of Grey KIDDING! try Big Bang)