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The perpetual struggle for each of us is finding more time to read. Even for voracious1 readers, downtime with a good book can be elusive2.
Speed reading is certainly one way to read more books because it helps you read each book in less time. I have tried it myself; personally, I do not retain the information nearly as well, and it feels more like a cheap hack3 than a veritable method to learning more and reading more.
Reading goals like one book per week or 20 books per year help set the bar, and provide an aim for you to move towards in a productive manner; yet the step-by-step path of achieving a reading goal can often prove trying.
Some years ago, I made it a goal to read one book per week, 52 books in a year. And I failed. That first year, I tried to read a book per week, I only made it to around 30 total books. To instill more regular reading in my life, I did two things, which have since helped me surpass upwards4 of 60 books per year, multiple years in a row now. With implementing5 these two techniques, reading more books becomes automatic and a natural, unavoidable consequence.
Read at the Same Time Every Day
Setting a time frame specifically reserved for reading each and every day is the single best thing to do to read more books. This creates a non-negotiable block of time which you can use to incrementally6 hack away at your reading goals for the week, month, and year; it provides the opportunity to read productively. Without scheduling regular reading time in, achieving reading goals is more difficult. Building this time block for reading will make reading a habit, such that it no longer becomes something you need to think about, plan, or worry over. The time block becomes a habit and the habit is what automates7 reading into your life as an inextricable piece to who you are and what you do.
Reading at the same time each and every day further ensures that you have no excuses to intrude8 upon your reading goals. Make that time sacred and untouchable – schedule meetings and social outings before or after that time block, but give priority to your allotted9 reading time.
For myself, I read first thing for one hour in the morning, every single morning – no intrusions, no interruptions, no exceptions. This allows me to read around one book per week.
Consider the math: a book of around 200-300 pages takes about 5-7 hours to read on average, depending on reading speed. Blocking out one hour per day immediately puts you at one book per week for a typical-sized book at a typical reading speed.
Start Listening to Audiobooks
Before I started listening to audiobooks, I was reading about one book per week and 52 books per year. About two years ago, I implemented10 audiobooks – that put me at around 65 books per year. I don’t listen to audiobooks that much or that often. Usually, I listen to one, maybe two, in a month. But that makes a difference of 10 to 15 books over the course of a year. When I’m walking or driving, I can fit in extra reading time by listening to an audiobook instead of radio or music. When I’m working out in the gym or going for a run, I can squeeze in a few chapters. Or even when I’m cooking, I can throw on an audiobook.
Each of us have a lot more time in the day than we realize, but that time can often get frittered away if used without intention. Audiobooks are a means of using time more intentionally11 and in a manner conducive12 to a reading goal. They fill in the downtime with books and reading.
Most audiobooks are between 6 and 10 hours long, some of them push upwards of 12 to 15. But even for longer books, the total time is negligible when spread across weeks or months.
Consider the math once again: If you have a thirty-minute commute13 to work each way, that is potentially an hour per day to listen to a book. Or, if you only want to listen in the morning, for example, thirty minutes of extra reading per day remains14 excellent – you could get through nearly two, 8-hour audiobooks per month at thirty minutes a day. I would be remiss15 to ignore the small faction16 of readers who do not count audiobooks as “reading.” So here is me addressing them. Personally, I do count audiobooks as reading – a book read aloud is still a book.
By implementing a regular time block for reading each day, reading turns into a habit and becomes automated17. Thinking about when you can “fit in” time to read no longer applies once it becomes a routine part of your day. Soon enough, it becomes an integral piece of your identity as well – you see yourself as a “reader” and so do others, which further motivates and compounds the habit of reading. Next, try out an audiobook. Give yourself a month to listen to one book, you’ll realize that you fly through the book much quicker than this. It’s a fun and leisurely18 way of reading more books. And who doesn’t like being read to by someone else?
With these two ideas, you and me and everyone else can actually read more books.


1 voracious vLLzY     
  • She's a voracious reader of all kinds of love stories.什么样的爱情故事她都百看不厌。
  • Joseph Smith was a voracious book collector.约瑟夫·史密斯是个如饥似渴的藏书家。
2 elusive d8vyH     
  • Try to catch the elusive charm of the original in translation.翻译时设法把握住原文中难以捉摸的风韵。
  • Interpol have searched all the corners of the earth for the elusive hijackers.国际刑警组织已在世界各地搜查在逃的飞机劫持者。
3 hack BQJz2     
  • He made a hack at the log.他朝圆木上砍了一下。
  • Early settlers had to hack out a clearing in the forest where they could grow crops.早期移民不得不在森林里劈出空地种庄稼。
4 upwards lj5wR     
  • The trend of prices is still upwards.物价的趋向是仍在上涨。
  • The smoke rose straight upwards.烟一直向上升。
5 implementing be68540dfa000a0fb38be40d32259215     
v.实现( implement的现在分词 );执行;贯彻;使生效
  • -- Implementing a comprehensive drug control strategy. ――实行综合治理的禁毒战略。 来自汉英非文学 - 白皮书
  • He was in no hurry about implementing his unshakable principle. 他并不急于实行他那不可动摇的原则。 来自辞典例句
6 incrementally a1d656c3e43d169f1e51a838de0c6d0b     
  • Incrementally update the shared dimensions used in this cube. 增量更新此多维数据集中使用的共享维度。 来自互联网
  • Grand goals are inspiring, but be sure to approach them incrementally. 辉煌的目标令人鼓舞,但一定要逐步实现。 来自互联网
7 automates b6d9abe8d5e1724e18a76e7be14540d7     
(使)自动化( automate的第三人称单数 )
  • New: Dictionary Update Wizard automates downloading and installing additional spelling dictionaries. 新:字典更新向导自动下载并安装额外的拼写字典。
  • Automates the process text stamping multiple PDF files. 自动化的过程中的案文冲压多个PDF文件。
8 intrude Lakzv     
  • I do not want to intrude if you are busy.如果你忙我就不打扰你了。
  • I don't want to intrude on your meeting.我不想打扰你们的会议。
9 allotted 5653ecda52c7b978bd6890054bd1f75f     
分配,拨给,摊派( allot的过去式和过去分词 )
  • I completed the test within the time allotted . 我在限定的时间内完成了试验。
  • Each passenger slept on the berth allotted to him. 每个旅客都睡在分配给他的铺位上。
10 implemented a0211e5272f6fc75ac06e2d62558aff0     
v.实现( implement的过去式和过去分词 );执行;贯彻;使生效
  • This agreement, if not implemented, is a mere scrap of paper. 这个协定如不执行只不过是一纸空文。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The economy is in danger of collapse unless far-reaching reforms are implemented. 如果不实施影响深远的改革,经济就面临崩溃的危险。 来自辞典例句
11 intentionally 7qOzFn     
  • I didn't say it intentionally. 我是无心说的。
  • The local authority ruled that he had made himself intentionally homeless and was therefore not entitled to be rehoused. 当地政府裁定他是有意居无定所,因此没有资格再获得提供住房。
12 conducive hppzk     
  • This is a more conducive atmosphere for studying.这样的氛围更有利于学习。
  • Exercise is conducive to good health.体育锻炼有助于增强体质。
13 commute BXTyi     
  • I spend much less time on my commute to work now.我现在工作的往返时间要节省好多。
  • Most office workers commute from the suburbs.很多公司的职员都是从郊外来上班的。
14 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
15 remiss 0VZx3     
  • It was remiss of him to forget her birthday.他竟忘了她的生日,实在是糊涂。
  • I would be remiss if I did not do something about it.如果我对此不做点儿什么就是不负责任。
16 faction l7ny7     
  • Faction and self-interest appear to be the norm.派系之争和自私自利看来非常普遍。
  • I now understood clearly that I was caught between the king and the Bunam's faction.我现在完全明白自己已陷入困境,在国王与布纳姆集团之间左右为难。
17 automated fybzf9     
  • The entire manufacturing process has been automated. 整个生产过程已自动化。
  • Automated Highway System (AHS) is recently regarded as one subsystem of Intelligent Transport System (ITS). 近年来自动公路系统(Automated Highway System,AHS),作为智能运输系统的子系统之一越来越受到重视。
18 leisurely 51Txb     
  • We walked in a leisurely manner,looking in all the windows.我们慢悠悠地走着,看遍所有的橱窗。
  • He had a leisurely breakfast and drove cheerfully to work.他从容的吃了早餐,高兴的开车去工作。
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