How to Read a Book a Week and Out-Smart Everyone

Writing by Conni Biesalski 
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I’m reading 52 books in 2012. 

It’s not the easiest task, but it’s super worthwhile. I seriously and 100% recommend it to everyone.

You can learn so much, it’s incredible.

So far, I’ve been focusing on non-fiction, as I have a long list of things and concepts I want to understand and get my head around. However, I realise that it’s soon time to switch to fiction for a bit in order to get the own creative juices in a different part of my brain flowing again.

I’ve actually read more than one book a week actually, 16 instead of 14. That’s how much fun it is! :)


Benefits of Following a Strict Reading Routine

Learning. It helps to understand the world, and why people, companies and societies are what they are and do what they do. Some things I try and adopt to my own life or way of doing things.

Relaxation. To sit and read is probably the best way to unwind and relax your mind and body. Focusing on words lets you forget about worries or any stress factors you encounter during the day.

Inspiration. I get a lot of inspiration and new ideas from reading. It’s this thing where someone’s ideas cross with mine and form something new, it’s amazing. I have come up with millions of new blogpost ideas and many other creative ideas while reading, mindblowing.

Focus. When you read a book (or on your Kindle), all you do is read. It’s an activity where multitasking is completely counter-productive. So you learn to focus on one activity, which can be good for other things in life.

Increased reading speed. The more often you read, the better you become at it, that’s the rules of practice. I was never a fast reader, but I’m getting better at it every day, which makes it also more fun.


How to Develop a Reading Routine

1. Have set reading times.
I read every morning first thing. I get out of bed, get coffee and sit on the couch reading for 30 to 60 minutes. And I read in bed before going to sleep. The day starts and ends lovely this way.

2. Love what you read.
I’m excited about (almost) every book I have read so far this year. Often times, that’s what gets me out of bed the easiest: Knowing that I can dive into amazing words and ideas again. In a few cases, I started but got bored, so I stop. You don’t need to finish a book you don’t enjoy, fuck no. Yes I lose time that way, but I don’t have time to waste either. Absolutely not!

3. Read everywhere.
I carry my Kindle or whatever physical book I’m reading everywhere. Reading everywhere is awesome: The times I have to wait for the bus or train fly by, going from A to B on public transport is a pleasure not a nuisance, having something to read while sitting in a café by yourself is lovely, not lonely.

4. Take days off.
There are rare days when my brain needs a reading break. That’s ok. Resting days are good. They are best to get creative and come up with your own ideas.

5. Accept fail weeks.
Some books are massive, and no matter how much I read every day, they make it impossible for me to finish them in a week. The “loss” in time is best made up with short books afterwards. A little cheating surely doesn’t hurt.


Here is what I’ve read so far in 2012:














What good books have you read this year? Anything you can recommend? Do you have a reading routine? Please share in the comments!

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10 Responses to How to Read a Book a Week and Out-Smart Everyone

  1. Xander says:

    Stop it Conni! I need to work, you’re distracting me.

    Books; Moonwalking with Einstein, all Percy Jackson books, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, plus a couple of Graphic Novels, and currently busy with Thinkertoys.

  2. Chris Stott says:

    I’m doing the same in 2012. I’ve read a lot of the books you have too. Are you on Goodreads? If not, you should be it’s a great way to track this sort of thing and find other books to read.

  3. Ricky Ferdon says:

    Hey Conni! I highly recommend “Being Jesus in Nashville” by Jim Palmer

  4. As a Baby Boomer it makes me happy to see that (some) Millenials like to read. I’ve never met a dumb voracious reader. I read a lot until I got overwhelmed by living. Now I feel guilty if I just “read” other than at the end of the day in bed. Talk about needing to get a life.

  5. Michelle says:

    Came across this in my decision to read more and you have read some great books I have added to my list. Thank you!

  6. Alexis Grant says:

    Impressive! Look forward to hearing about all the great books you make time for.

  7. A. M. says:

    Maybe fitting to a lifestyle of those who like to travel, and therefore ok to be mentioned here, I am currently reading “The 4-Hour-Workweek” by Timothy Ferris and “I’d change my Life if I had more time” by Doreen Virtue. I would like to read more spiritual books again. I have seen that you are doing meditation, some of the best books I have encountered I have mentioned on my website (int. al. by Eckhart Tolle, Mario Mantese, Franklin Merrell-Wolff; Adam (DreamHealer); Life and Teachings of the Masters in the Far East… et al. ).