If you have landed on this page, then I believe you already understand the importance of reading in one's life. If not, you can
bing google that and then make yourself believe that reading is important. ☺️
I was never fond of reading books during my school or college years. In fact, I completed my first novel after class 12th. Now when I cogitate upon all those years, I could find a reason of why I didn't read any of the books. I never tried reading things that suited my interests at that time. I was always trying to read the books that people used to read and were popular. Those were never able to catch my interest to keep me going till the end.
For the past 1 year, I have read more than 6 books which may not seem like an achievement to many but is definitely an achievement for me given that this count is greater than what I read in my entire teen years.
Following are some of the books that I completed:
- Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, Second Edition 2nd Edition
- Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
- Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
- The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
- Elon Musk: Inventing the Future
- Steve Jobs : Biography by Walter Isaacson
- Rich Dad Poor Dad.
You can read my reviews here on goodreads.
How to read books regularly?
From the experience of my past 6 months, the following techniques have helped me in reading regularly.
- Set aside a time to read in your daily schedule. I read daily while travelling to my workplace. This gives me around 40 mins of daily reading time without any distraction.( Just don't take your phone out of your pocket.)
- My experience says that there are some books which you just can't read continuously for a long time. For eg. technical and business books. These books require small daily readings which will give you enough time to absorb the concepts and learnings.
- Keep finding new topics which seems interesting to you and then start reading about them.
P.S. - I would love to hear about your techniques or experiences in comments.