On July 13th, 2017 I posted my most popular post of all time A Book A Day for the Rest of the Year? a post that I never expected to get so much attention that blew up to have more then 200 likes and 100 comments. I was filled with a inner sense of insanity. I never expected to be able to accomplish such a lofty goal and I didn’t not at first. I had given up thinking there was no way and I could never do it, but I came across an article about how much time the average human spends on social media and watching tv in a year and it got me to thinking. If I spent that time reading would I be able to accomplish that goal I had once set for myself?
The thing is, it worked. Since August 30th, 2017 onward I have read a book every single day. I have kept this up for 16 straight days and I couldn’t be happier! At first, it was mostly about getting into a rhythm that worked and setting for myself a plan of action of how I could make reading a book a day sustainable for myself. At first I started out with some books I had already started reading since I always read more then one book at a time and that helped me transition into starting to continuously finish books. Then after those books were finished I got into the habit of reading a few chapters of the next book I wanted to start to make it a little easier to finish for the next day. After that, more and more I started and ended the complete book in the same day and it has become a ritual.
As the days went by and I continued to finish a new book for that day I started to feel like it became surprisingly manageable. I even came up with a game plan for books that are 450pgs and beyond so I could make them manageable. After I finished with the book I dedicated myself to reading for that day I would read a few chapters of the longer book (or really several of the longer books) until I could diminish the size of it enough so I could dedicate a day to reading that book.
However, with all the technicalities and the how’s of reading a book everyday, you may wonder if I was truly absorbing and enjoying what I was reading each day. The answer to this too is surprisingly… yes. I have never been happier with myself and with all the affect the stories I have read have impacted me. During this time I have read more 5 and 4 star reads then I feel like I have all year and I have come to really feel what it was that drew me to reading in the first place. Reading so many amazing books and feeling so happy with how I’ve decided to rededicate my spear time is why I feel like I am going to continue this for as long as I can. I have fallen in love with reading all over again and that is the greatest gift this experience has given me.
Thanks for reading! I will definitely give more updates on this in the future! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
-Till next time!