5 Ways to read a lot

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5 Ways to Read a Lot
We all know and understand the importance of reading.
Books have a huge hand in shaping our character.
In the words of Oscar Wilde, “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
As per a survey on Goodreads, 60% of people read less than 80 pages per day.
I am a voracious reader. I belong to the other 40% as I easily clock around 100 pages per day , which translates to roughly 12 to 15 novels in a month.
People often stare at me curiously when I read books at a bus-station or in queue at a bank.
A lot of people have asked me, why and how I can read so much. Let me try to answer the how part. For sake of convenience I have used book and ebook interchangeably.

1. Develop Love for reading

This is the biggest step. Unless you really like to read, nothing in the world will turn you into a reader.
To develop a passion for reading one easy method is as follows:
  • Activity 1  – Read a short book/ novel/ post
  • Activity 2 – Then do what you would have done if you had not read the book (like listening to songs, watching a soap/ drama etc.)
  • Now try to make a list of 3 to 5 things you learn’t from each activity
  • Repeat this exercise 3 to 5 times over a month
  • Compare your learning in these two cases

Personally, I learn a lot more if I read (books, blogs, infographics)

2. Read whenever you can

Always carry a spare book or two in your bag, or your Kindle ebook reader or tab. Keep them handy. Whenever you get some spare time, take out a book and read. Morning, evening, public place, private space – these are unimportant.

3. Read wherever you can

I read while I am waiting for a bus, I read on the bus, I read while standing in a queue, I read in the loo (yes, that’s right), while I am waiting at a signal and I read at pretty much any place.

4. Make notes

Carry a piece of paper, A4 preferably (yes I am old fashioned that way) and fold it into four. As you read and browse, take notes of points which you would like to explore further. This will give you ideas for other books.

5. Underline key texts

A book is to be loved, savored and personalized. Underline key texts, and revisit them every now and then. Reflect on what you have read and see how it can be applied to your life.

Conclusion

That’s it then. These are the 5 most important ways in which I nurture, nourish and sustain my reading habit. The brain is like a muscle and needs to be exercised, and good books provide that exercise.

My Reading List

Currently I am reading 99 Thoughts on Ganesha by Devdutt Pattnaik. I am also re-reading Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nicholas Taleb.

On the blogosphere, I have started reading Zen Habits archives from the very beginning.

 

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