How to read more

For the first time in years, I read more than I handful of books in a year. Honestly, it might have been the first time I ever read more than ten in a year and that’s including high school with summer reading lists.

Because I haven’t been tracking my book reading over the years, if I had to guess, through college + the last three years out of school, I would guess that I read 3 books per year, on average.

So how was I able to almost 10x that count and read 29 books this year?

By following three rules, which I learned from Naval Ravikant:

  1. You don’t have to finish every book you pick up
  2. You can bounce between multiple books at one time based on what interests you at the moment
  3. Read what you love until you love to read

Here’s more on rule 3. from Naval himself:

And the problem is, what do I read? How do I read? Because for most people it’s a struggle, it’s a chore. So, the most important thing is just to learn how to educate yourself and the way to educate yourself is to develop a love for reading.

Everybody I know who reads a lot loves to read, and they love to read because they read books that they loved. It’s a little bit of a catch-22, but you basically want to start off just reading wherever you are and then keep building up from there until reading becomes a habit. And then eventually, you will just get bored of the simple stuff.

So you may start off reading fiction, then you might graduate to science fiction, then you may graduate to non-fiction, then you may graduate to science, or philosophy, or mathematics or whatever it is, but take your natural path and just read the things that interest you until you kind of understand them. And then you’ll naturally move to the next thing and the next thing and the next thing.

Read What You Love Until You Love to Read, Naval Ravikant

Simple ideas. Game Changing Results.

Books I read in 2019

  1. American Kingpin
  2. Atomic Habits
  3. Can’t Hurt Me
  4. Chop Wood Carry Water
  5. Contagious
  6. Cracking the PM Interview
  7. Eating Animals
  8. Gates of Fire
  9. Getting Things Done
  10. In the Company of Heroes
  11. Lethal Agent
  12. Never Split the Difference
  13. Paper Menagerie
  14. Rework
  15. The Art of War
  16. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living
  17. The Great Stagnation
  18. The Lean Startup
  19. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  20. The Mom Test
  21. The Old Man and the Sea
  22. The Three Body Problem
  23. The Three Body Problem Book 2: The Dark Forest
  24. The Three Body Problem Book 3: Death’s Dend
  25. The War of Art
  26. The War of Art (again on Audible)
  27. The World’s Fittest Book
  28. What Doesn’t Kill Us
  29. Why We Sleep

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