Reading Two Books a Month Can Vastly Improve Your Life. Here's How to Make It Happen

Okay, that was my clickbait headline. Seriously though, here is my advice for anyone that would like to incorporate more reading into their schedule. This is how I went from maybe a book a year to 20 in one year.

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About a year and a half ago I watched a Jim Rohn motivational video called "Learn These Skills or Lead a Mediocre Life." Among other things a skill which he promoted was to increase the number of books you read. He suggested trying to read 10 pages a day. This would allow you to get through a 300 page book in 30 days and you could knock out an average of twelve a year. Of course some books are longer and shorter than others but that's the basic gist of it.

Why read books? Well, if you're one of the 26% of American adults -- and 31% of American men, by the way -- who report that they haven't read a shred of a book in the last year, there's a lot of upside. The benefits of reading are many, including stress reduction, improved vocabulary, stronger focus, knowledge (duh), and apparently some people find it sexy.

I decided to start with “self-help” books. The first book that I decided to read was “The Richest Man in Babylon” which is 144 pages. That was a fairly quick read. The good thing about 10 pages a day is that it is a small commitment so it won’t deter new readers. Also, if you are engaged in the book you will most likely exceed the minimum and read even more books than you initially set out to do.

I commute and travel pretty often so I choose to read e-books on my iPad 95% of the time for convenience. Whether digital or analog, choose what suits your lifestyle and personal preference. My rotation of books mainly consists of Self-Help, Fiction, Finance, and History. This is just my personal preference, but I try to keep my list diversified.


Here is the list of all the books that I have read from December 2015 – July 25th 2017:

1 Richest Man in Babylon
2 Flowers for Algernon
3 The Compound Effect
4 The Slight Edge
5 The Millionaire Next Door
6 The Art of Peace
7 The Lessons of History
8 The Hard Things about Hard Things
9 Animal Farm
10 Eat That Frog!
11 Think and Grow Rich
12 1984
13 Fight Club
14 How to Win Friends and Influence People
15 Between the World and Me
16 Who Moved my Cheese
17 The Four Hour Work Week
18 Letters from a Stoic
19 The Unbearable Lightness of Being
20 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
21 The Power of Now

2017

1 Stock Investing for Dummies
2 Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
3 The Circle
4 The Stranger
5 Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind May 5th
6 Guns Germs and Steel

I usually take a 1-3 day break between books just so I can absorb and reflect on what I just read. I hope this helps anyone who is trying to read more along with some of the tips listed below.

1 Read on the train
2 Read ten pages first thing you wake up
3 Read right before you go to sleep

Happy Reading!

Phillip Velshup