There is a good chance I read too much.
For the last 15 years I have read…on average…two books per week, with an average page count of 250 words per book.
Folks, that’s over 1500 books and 39,000 pages.
But as the pages have turned (“Like sand through the hourglass…“) I have begun to realize that despite all that reading, I haven’t retained jack. Tee up the Learning Pyramid, and I can guarantee that I haven’t even hacked my way to 5% retention.
And as I found myself opining about this very fact the other day, amidst my newest pile of library books, I discovered, and decided to participate in, Chris Brogran’s “Three Book Diet.”
The diet is simple (as most are):
Choose 3 Books to Read from November 1, 2012 to November 1, 2013, and only read those books.
Is this going to be hard? Uhh…yeah…ya think? But it’s going to be awesome!
Here are the three books (sort of) I chose (all affiliate links…I’m poor folks…buy six of each please):
Of those 1500 books I’ve read over the last 15 years, I would guess 50 of them have been fiction (including the entire Left Behind series, which probably shouldn’t even count as books worth counting). Albeit, the first book I thought of was War and Peace. I have always wanted to read it, and now I will have the time. Plus, it’s 1000 pages long…it just might carry me through the first three months.
From Tolstoy to Tim Ferriss (aliteration is not part of the plan). Frankly, I’d be ticked off if I had to wait a full year to read this book. I pre-ordered a signed copy of The 4-Hour Body (a.k.a. the only time I’ve bought a book from BN.com), and I’ve lost 40+ pounds using a hybrid slow-carb approach. I’m even going to be Tim Ferriss for Halloween…uh…wait…not really. Jokes aside, this book is going to be filled with goodies to keep me going all year long.
Ok members of the Technical Police, I realize that this is actually three books (but Theodore does start with “T”…you have to give me that). TR is one of my favorite figures of history. In fact, when I used to stomp across the parking lot en route to my cubicle, I used to pretend I was TR stomping through some South Dakotan danger zone. But seriously, there is much to learn from TR…and he just makes me want to be a man…and go kill an animal…and eat bacon…and get shot in the middle of a speech and yell “It takes more than that to kill a bull moose!”
So that is the plan. One year, three books (sort of).
In addition I hope to review notes I have made while reading other books, and begin to further digest the things I have read.
Here’s the big question:
Could you do it?
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