I think this is fantastic advice and have a lot of room for improvement in this area.
So on Jan 1, 2012, I resolved to read a book a week, for the whole year. Friends and family thought I was crazy, and maybe I was to make such a time-intensive resolution, but that’s no reason not to try something. So I began reading…
…And here it is, February 1, and I am thrilled to say I’m right on target. A little ahead, in fact. So it’s definitely do-able.
In fact, it’s enriched my life in many ways. Each week is distinct from the last now that I’m tackling a new book every seven days. The monotony and tedium of day-to-day routines are broken up and colored by whatever book I’m immersed in. Life’s little curve-balls take on new meaning and are put into perspective by the conflicts the characters are dealing with in that week’s novel.
Plus, I’m learning while I’m reading- examining each author’s style, his or her word choices, studying how they unfold a plot, deciding what works and what doesn’t… It’s been illuminating.
Today, it occurred to me that I might not be the only one reading a book a week, so I Googled it. Turns out, people have been doing this for a while and in so many interesting ways.
If you’re keen on taking up the challenge, here’s a short list of people reading a book a week and how they’re doing it.
Becky Holmes has read a book a week for over 25 years.
Nick Cernis wrote a guide on how to do it properly, and all the benefits to be gained.
Here’s a blog where you can announce your intent to read a book a week, and keep tabs on others who have also committed to it.
If you want to blog about your books as you read them, here’s one to aspire to by Kiirstin, a Librarian with a beautiful blog on her readings.
Why stop at a blog? Jen Miller turned her book-a-week blog experience into an ebook.
And for you over-achievers out there, here’s a woman who aimed for two books a week. Hardcore.
Need a little variety or want some focus in your pickings? Nina Badzin is doing the 50/50 challenge, where she reads 50 books and watches 50 films, with the intent to study the art of a good story. I like the idea of being focused on a theme. By the end of a year, you could be a real expert on something.
So… Is anybody else reading a book a week? Let me know, I’d love to follow your progress via blog or Twitter. Turns out there’s even a Twitter hashtag for reading a book a week (#bookaweek). I will have to remember to add that to my tweets when I post my #fridayreads from now on.
For an up-to-date list of the books I’ve read, (and to check on my progress), visit my Book A Week page.