30 Books a Year Challenge

November 3, 2015 - 4 minutes read

In my professional career, I’ve always been a big reader. I familiarise with the benefit of learning through reading and, after a stubborn (and rather stupid) spell of non-reading during my teenage years, have read anything and everything that I can get my hands on. I believe it helps me focus and helps me separate myself from the consistency of sitting in front of the computer from day-to-day.

The problem that I’ve found with reading is I always seem to be 110% or non at all. From speaking to others I’ve found that I’m not alone and you either overcommit or under commit, reading 4/5 books in a month, then not touching another for several after that. It’s frustrating to say the least, but the worst thing is even though I surround myself with books (I’m very much a ‘physical book’ reader when it comes to digital marketing/business books), I don’t recognise this lack of structure and just carry on my own merry little way.

After a very successful first year at Pole Star Digital, one endeavour that I’ve been focusing on this year is building up my networks & conceptualising some presentations in order to take part in a number of speaking events over next year all over the globe. To put it simply one thing I’ve found is:

When you read more, you write more. When you write more, you form more opinions. When you form more opinions, you create concepts for presentations more.

Therefore this renewed reading focus & commitment will benefit the material that I’m preparing for these upcoming talks.

Lately I’ve been unable to shake the guilt of not having read properly for a long time and therefore set about taking a course in speed reading (something I’ve been planning for a while). In short, it was a real eye-opener and reinvigorated my desire to read. More so, one of the aspects it taught was committing to your reading. To do this I’ve gone about committing 40 mins every morning to reading. I do this before I’ve ‘started my day’ and find it similar to meditation, a concentrated amount of ‘me time’. I’ve also set myself a goal of reading 30 books in a year, which is ambitious, but I think achievable. So far (5 weeks into the challenge) I’ve read the following:

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  • What a Wonderful World: Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell – Marcus Chown
  • Predatory Thinking – Dave Trott
  • To Sell Is Human – Dan Pink
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  • Grouped – Paul Adams
  • Last Train to Istanbul – Ayşe Kulin

I’ll be updating this post with the books that I’ve decided to read as I go along.

Have you read a book that you’d highly recommend me reading? Please leave it in the comments below…

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