Four years ago, my friend Matthew Landrum told me he aims to read a book a week. I thought I would give it a try.
Since that time (2011) I’ve read 123 books. In 2015 I read 24.
That may seem like a lot or a little but that is not the point of this post. The point is that since 2011 I’ve had three more kids, written several hundred blog posts, started a writers conference, was asked to speak at another, and written several short stories and blogs for other sites.
Those accomplishments are also not the point. The point is that a simple routine helped me read a book roughly every two weeks for five years without even noticing it. It took work, but more like simple play than steely determination.
It’s amazing what a slow plodding pace can accomplish.
If there is something you want to do, don’t burn yourself out. Build longevity and go after a pace that integrates with your life.
Here’s my list of books I read in 2015. If you have a list or if you have a book you love that I should read, please post in the comments section below.
Food A Love Story – Jim Gaffigan
Someday, Someday, Maybe -Lauren Graham
The Heart of the Sea – The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex – Nathaniel Philbrick
The Martian – Andy Weir
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie
You Are A Writer – Jeff Goins
The Razer’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham
The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
Do Over – Jon Acuff
Nemesis – Agatha Christie
Mr. Hockey – My Story – Gordie Howe
Quitter – Jon Acuff
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
The In Between – Jeff Goins
The Back Reckoning – John Stephens
A Cup of Dust – Susie Finkbeiner
The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers – Jonathan Milligan
Ashfall – Mike Mullin
Turing Pro – Steven Pressfield
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
Make 2016 a great year!