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January reading summary #200booksin2024

Do you love a challenge? Do you love reading? Do you have a huge backlog of books that you haven't gotten around to starting yet?

Me too! So I've gone all in and taken on the challenge to read 200 books in 12 months.

Or 16 books a month. Or 1 book every 1.8 days. Wow, when put like that it seems pretty ridiculous, but hey - it wouldn't be a challenge if it was easy.


So how to crack this, when working full time, having 2 dogs and 3 kids?

Well let me start by saying I'm not coming into this cold. I've been on a journey of literary discovery for a few years now and have reached a consistent throughput of over 100 books in a calendar year.

Through unlearning old habits and applying a combination of new(ish) techniques it may not be as hard as you think. But, I decided to level up my game even more in 2024 - here's what's happened in January.

 

Summary data:

  • 5 x Fiction books completed - average cycle time of 4.76 days

  • 5 x Non-fiction books completed - average cycle time of 5.08 days

  • 2 x Graphical / Illustrated books completed - average cycle time of 1.5 hours

  • 4 x Compilations - average cycle time of 4.56 days

  • 1 x Abandoned within 24hrs of starting

  • Arrival rate of 22 books a month

  • 16 books completed in total


What's helped my reading

  • Using a Kanban system to track this data! (thanks https://kanbanzone.io). My hypothesis is that will help me to identify bottlenecks and gather insights from the trends

  • Allocating time for reading. I aim for 20 mins each morning either in a coffee shop or on the train. I read in bed each night until I fall asleep, typically between10 to 30 mins

  • Having (at least) 3 books on the go at the same time. A Non-fiction, a compilation (day time) and a fiction (bed time). I throw in a graphic novel or illustrated book to break things up when I'm getting bored

  • Having a clear goal and knowing my average monthly throughput needs to be (16.67 books a month) to achieve that.


What's annoying?

  • The feeling of pressure to rush, when at times I want to slow down, bathe in the authors words and soak up the characters, dialogue or narrative

  • Not taking time to create visual book summaries. A great technique to retain key content that resonates.

  • Compilations are best digested slowly, an article in a sitting. Trying to cram these together isn't really working for me.

  • Every writer has a different style, so with every new book there is 'tuning in' required, which slows things down a little


What will I try differently in Feb?

  • Take more time with compilations

  • Create at least 1 visual summary


What were the books and what did I think?


Title & Author

Genre

My Rating

The Readers Room - Antoine Lauren

Fiction

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh No - Alex Norris

Graphical

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Last Devil to Die - Richard Osman

Fiction

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Come Join our Disease - Sam Byers

Fiction

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Trusted Advisor - Maister, Green & Galford

Non-Fiction

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

No Hard Feelings - Fosslien & Duffy

Non-Fiction

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bookshop Girl - Chloe Coles

Fiction

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gratitude - Oliver Sacks

Compilation

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lean Change Management - Jason Little

Non-Fiction

⭐⭐⭐⭐

How to Stop Time - Matt Haig

Fiction

⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Last Tree - Luke Adam Walker

Graphical

⭐⭐⭐

The Science of Getting Rich - Wallace C Wattles

Non-Fiction

⭐⭐⭐

The Diet Myth - Tim Spector

Non-Fiction

⭐⭐⭐

Dao De Jing (Illustrated) - Laozi & Tsai

Graphical / Compilation

⭐⭐⭐

The Book of Ideas - Radim Malinic

Compilation

⭐⭐⭐

Strategic Marketing (HBR 10 Must Reads Series)

Compilation

⭐⭐

Awestruck - Jonah Paquetter

Non-Fiction

ABANDONED

 

What about you? How's your reading been in January?




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