How to Read 50+ Books a Year (Without Giving Up Your Social Life)

For the past 7 years, I've managed to read 50+ books a year, every year. In 2017, I read 89 books. I don't read every day, I don't know how to speed read, and I'm not a fast reader. This is what has worked for me.

This is an edited and expanded version of my original tweet.

πŸ“š - Commit to only reading the first 5 pages of any book. If the book doesn't click with you, put it down and repeat with the next book until you find one that does.

Often, there is a time and place for a book. Life is too short for books you're not resonating with at the moment; and chances are if you really do want to read that book, you'll come around to it another time.

I find bookshops and libraries really useful for this type of browsing. You could also keep a physical 'To Be Read' shelf for this exact purpose.

πŸ“š - Schedule time in your week, not your day, to read.

A lot of people try to force reading as a daily habit. For me (and maybe you), that's not always optimal. The analogy I like is going to the gym; for some of us, it makes sense to go to the gym daily. For others, 3-4 times a week is enough.

It can take me a while to get in the zone, so I tend to prefer reading in large chunks. Β 

πŸ“š - Don't force yourself to finish a book if you don't like it.

I've definitely wasted far too much time trying to finish books that I didn't like. Give yourself permission to discontinue books. If you're over 50% in, that revelation you're holding out for is unlikely to come - not this time anyway.

πŸ“š - Skipping pages is OK.

This one hurts, but the truth is there are some books where 80% of the value is in 20% of the words. There are also books that would be more valuable if they were flashcards. It's OK to skip pages to get to the interesting parts; you can keep the full journey for books that resonate better with you.

Subscribe to Katerina Yip

Don’t miss out on the latest issues. Sign up now to get access to the library of members-only issues.