Or: why reading what you enjoy rather than what you “should” will help you read more
Time is not the problem.
I think it was JK Rowling who said: if you don’t like reading you haven’t found the right book. I’m pretty sure a dozen or more avid readers have said something similar.
But keep in mind: time is not the issue. Nor is it the problem. Not really.
When it comes to reading more, it’s about finding what you enjoy reading. As I’ve written elsewhere: don’t read a book for its accolades and awards. Read it because it resonates with you.
If you’re in business looking to advance your position don’t become hung-up on the idea that reading romance, horror, fantasy, YA novels is a waste of time.
It’s only a waste of time if you view it as such.
When you find a genre, or an author who interests you. You’ll discover that you can read a lot more. Because you enjoy it.
Reading more: it’s about value not time
It’s quite odd how — for some — there’s a romance around the idea of reading. Not the act of reading, there’s nothing really romantic about the physical act of reading, but the idea of reading.
As in, if you’re in business, or sales or marketing you should only be reading books to progress your job. Believe me, you can find 6 or 7 brilliant books on your subject and you’ll be set. Or better still, 6 or 7 authors worth following. These days that means their books and their blog posts and other social media content.
Also, if you’re a writer or doing any sort of writing for your job, fiction can teach you lessons like no “how-to” book. “How-to” books are the theory: fiction is the practical application.
Don’t worry about time and reading 100 books a year
A fair few people I know routinely read a 100 novels a year. That’s just the sort of voracious readers they are.
But remember, that’s how fast they read, and how quickly they absorb the book.
It’s not a race.
It’s never a race.
Read at your own pace.
More than that find what resonates with you. What leaves you wanting more. What makes you get up and either grab another book from your shelf or head to the nearest bookshop.
This is how you will read more. Because once you realise how enjoyable reading what resonates with you is, as oppose to what you “should” be reading, you’ll get more fun and more value out of reading.
Do you view reading books as a waste of time?
If you view reading as a waste of time. Don’t do it. Watch TED talks, and other video content. There are also podcasts— find what works for you.
I personally believe you are missing out by not reading books. But I also recognise everyone is wired differently.
Why I’m not sorry this isn’t some magic 3 step process
When I started writing this blog post I almost felt guilty for not saying “follow these three easy steps…” until I remembered the point is never how many books you’ve read.
The point is the value you get out of reading.
Thank you for reading.