61 Books in a Year

26 Jul

Ken Norton explains how he did it:

When I analyzed my reading habits, I realized that despite only finishing five or six books a year, I was already spending a big portion of my evening reading: social media, the news, Silicon Valley think pieces, and my Pocket backlog. Some of it would be worthwhile, but I wasn’t deliberate in how I chose to spend my time (ahem, Wikipedia wormholes). Junk reading, like junk food, is momentarily satisfying but terrible for you in the long term. I didn’t need to read more, I thought, I just needed to read healthier.

He has four other suggestions. I wonder how much of my reading is junk reading? There are certain blogs I look at everyday, but I think I mostly profit from that. I don’t spend time on Twitter or Facebook, but I do spend a lot of time reading newspapers on my Kindle. Norton seems to have the same issue:

I’m still a news junkie when it comes to politics, but I’ve metered the time I spend reading the news (primarily to keep my blood pressure down). I subscribe to important publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post, and I try to pepper short bursts of news over the course of the day. I also don’t load news or articles on my Kindle.



4 Responses to “61 Books in a Year”

  1. Kathy H July 26, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    Very interesting! I don’t know if I can give up junk reading, but I do want to get back to reading books even if they are audio books. I am going to give Goodreads a try!!

  2. Enrique Guerra-Pujol July 27, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    Academic books take so much longer read. We have to read the end notes!

    • Kathy H July 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

      Remember when books had little footnotes on each page!!

    • jecgenovese July 28, 2017 at 9:06 am #

      True, but I less guilty about not reading academic books all the way through!

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