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How to Read 100 Books in 365 Days: A Primer

Every year I join in the Goodreads Reading Goal. I rarely make my goal, but I decided that this year would be different. I set my goal at twice what I normally do and I am determined to make it. That's right, this year I am reading.... 100 books .

That averages out to about 1 book every 3.65 days, and since I also want to get through some classics as well as Game of Thrones, that's not exactly going to happen. I can, however, offset the scales.

While I am reading A Clash of Kings and Hannibal in bed or while waiting to pick my charge up from school, I can read Dear America books, graphic novels, and shorter books on my work breaks and when my husband is driving. Himself an avid reader, he understands the lure of the written word.

This is a two-sided coin. In addition to reading so many books (hopefully most of them wonderful) I can then turn around and either sell or donate the books that I don't want to keep. Since we are in the midst of a financial strain, selling is the most common route.

So here is my guide to reading 100 books in a year, should you choose to try:

  1. Be honest about what you're reading. You're not going to read tomes in 3.65 days, so don't bother trying
  2. Be a multi-reader. This means have a car book, a bed book, a living room book, and books on your phone for the alone time we all know we read during... ahem.
  3. Broaden your horizons. Do you normally smirk at the manga or graphic novels and turn your nose up and collections of short fiction? Stop that! Reading is about opening your mind, and this is your change to do it. So open that mind and try something new!
  4. Be persistent. Don't give up and don't forget to update your counter. It's a huge motivation boost!

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zabelle51 wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:46 PM

I used to read a book a day for l=most of my life but Internet writing has pretty much sucked the reading of books right out of me. :)

Ruby3881 wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:51 AM

I am a slow and deliberate reader. Even when I was devouring books, I'd only read maybe two short novels in a week. These last few years I've found myself reading so much online and reading so many informational texts (or texts for homeschooling, before that.) I miss reading a good novel, but I feel I've lost the urge...

WintersKnight wrote on February 16, 2015, 6:26 AM

Being in school is certainly helping me meet my goal. I'm reading like 6 different books at once (and then books for fun on top of that).