I’ve been doing a little bit of research lately to try and get more eyeballs onto my blog, and one of the things I’ve been trying to do is read what other people are writing. That’s something I’ve been neglecting for some time.
One of the articles that I found was from the blog Flight Headed (www.flightheaded.com). It was called, “How and Why You Should Read 3650 Pages Worth of Books A Year“. It is as the title suggests – an article suggesting that you should read 3650 pages of books in a year.
That honestly sounds like a lot. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hovers around 500 pages. A Game of Thrones is 873 pages, and A Dance With Dragons clocks in at 1200+. If you’re adding with me, that’s 2573, leaving 1077 pages to go and that’s only 3 books.
Author Chris Flores breaks it down a bit more reasonably. Flores suggests reading just 10 pages a day, which is where the number 3650 comes from (365 days x 10 pages = 3650). If even that seems daunting, the suggestion is to read 5 pages a day – which is still 1825 pages!
But the point isn’t really the amount of pages you should read. The number, like I said, simply comes from being something that is manageable on a per-day level. 10 pages? That takes 15-20 minutes, depending on your reading speed. Sure, you can find time out of your day to do that. You probably read that much in online articles and blogs. It’s a much easier ask than throwing a book at someone and telling them to read it in two weeks.
I won’t re-hash the benefits of reading that Flores outlines (check out his blog post, he really does a good job describing the benefits). Instead, what sparked me to write this was what clicked in my head after reading the article. I often lament that I don’t have time (or don’t make time) to read, and as a result have many books just sitting on the shelf.
To look at things in a “10 page a day” pace, it makes things much more manageable. I’m currently reading Catalyst by James Luceno; its length is 288 pages and I’m on page 177. 111 pages? If I read just 10 pages a day I’ll be done in 10 days.
Update: Actually, I wrote this last week – since then I just finished reading Catalyst last night – see my Goodreads entry on it if you’re interested!
Currently I have a goal to read 25 books this year (including comic books / graphic novels); I’ve read 11 so far. I plan on getting as close to 25 as I can using this new-found reading spark. I’ve got a lot of good books waiting to be read, and I keep finding more!