20 pages a day. 140 pages a week. 7300 pages a year.
OK, that last number does seem a bit daunting. However, assuming the average book is 240 pages, with a disciplined approach to daily reading setting a target of reading a minimum of 24 books in 2012 does seem achievable. In fact, it is a target that I have decided to set for myself.
I have always enjoyed reading, and I relish spending time at a cafe digging into a good book or loading something of interest onto my Kindle app. Often times though, I feel that I don’t read as much as I like, or for that matter as much as I should – given the need to keep learning, amidst the increasingly dynamic world we now live in. (side note: I highly recommend reading a recent Fast Company article, This is Generation Flux: Meet the New (and Chaotic) Frontier of Business).
So far, although it is early, I am on track with my goal of reading 24 books. I completed reading Public Parts by Jeff Jarvis, and am currently getting immersed in the Steve Jobs biography as well as Seth Godin’s Poke the Box.
Some other books on this year’s reading list include:
– The Histories of Social Media, by Jonathan Salem Baskin
– Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead, by Charlene Li
– The Power of Co-Creation, by Venkat Ramaswamy
– Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better And How They Can Change The World, by Jane McGonigal
– What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, by Rachel Botsman
In writing this post, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a special hat-tip to Dave Fleet, from whom I’ve drawn some inspiration from – he is challenging himself to read 36 books this year.
Have you recently read any books you recommend I should consider? What books are on your reading list?