This will be a two part series. This section is just a bit of background on me, and why I read so much. The next post is "Reading More... In 10 Steps", and a few more resources.
I was an only child, that grew up here in rainy Oregon. This meant there were days where I wasn't playing outside with my friends, and I didn’t have siblings to entertain or annoy me; I had to find a way to entertain myself. Oddly enough one of my favorite games was playing teacher with all my stuffed animals, or reading. When I was three I asked the local librarian if I could get my own library card. I vividly remember crying as I told my mom I couldn’t have one until I could write my own name. My mom being the type of person she was took me home immediately and we began practicing my name, I got my library card the next day.
Eventually as I got older we took less and less trips to the library, and more and more trips to the local used paperback store. If we were in a bookstore, I knew my mom would at least let me buy one book- she never said no to a book. I always had books in my room and my house, and I was always reading, even as a teenager I would voraciously read. The only real time there was a dip in my reading was during college and maybe the first few years of teaching. But like always I came back to reading…
I also think it is important to note, I read more than the average person. I recognize this, hence why I feel like I can write this post. I also taught eighth grade English for twelve years, so reading and talking about reading was something I did often with my students.
“Last year the Pew Research Center released their latest data on American reading habits,...Roughly 72 percent of American adults read a book in 2015, continuing a gradual decline over the last 5 years (from 79 percent in 2011)...The average number of books each person read over the course of a year was 12…but that number is inflated by the most avid readers. The most frequently reported number was 4 books per year.” Thomas Whittington
For the last four years I have been challenging myself with the Goodreads Reading Challenge, this is a goal you set for yourself- there isn’t a set limit. The first two years I set my goal for 150, the first year I only completed 100, the second year I was just two books shy of making the goal. The third year I read 156, I am excited every time I meet a goal. This year I pledged 160! As of today, middle of October, I have read 136 books of 160… I am totally going to meet my goal, and then some.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I read, not that many people know I read this much. Recently a colleague mentioned to me that she was envious of my reading and wished she could at some point set aside time for herself to read more. A year ago, my cousin saw a post I had on social media about how close I was to my goal- she couldn't get over how much I read since she was struggling to finish just one book. So I thought, maybe I will write down my thoughts on how I read so much, and gather a few resources along the way.
I remembered reading several years ago an article by Ryan Holiday that really resonated with me (see link below) about how he reads a lot every year. He also has a great monthly booklist email newsletter you can sign up for. Much of what he talked about in that article was something I personally identified with as an avid consumer of books. In the next post I will provide my top ten tips for reading more, as I have brainstormed what it is that I do that allows me to read as much as I do.
Side Note: While I know this is predominately a website and blog for edtech, I feel like a part of how I stay current and innovative is how I consume information. One way is through my reading. I do rely on my technology (kindle, phone, audible, and Goodreads) to help me meet my reading goals and access almost everything I read. See more resources below!
Some More Articles On Reading More
Pinterest Board on Coffee & Books
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