Updated: Nov 2, 2019
As I near the conclusion of my current book, Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell (Which is fantastic, by the way), I find myself very thankful that I found my way back to books. Up until I got distracted by other, less productive, extracirricular activities in high school, I was an avid reader of anything and everything I could get my hands on, from The Hardy Boys to Encyclopedias and everything in between. I never realized how much I've missed it until lately. While I have more of an affinity for non-fiction, I think I'll have to find some quality fiction work to add to my book list.
Which brings me to my next point. Create a book list. A physical one, not a mental one. Having an actual physical book list works wonders. I started mine soon after I began my writing habit. My reading habit took me a bit longer to get started, but I finally decided that enough is enough, that reading was important to me, and I've cemented it into part of my routing on a daily basis, even if only for 10 minutes.
I track the books I've read on another physical list along with the date of completion (both of these lists are in my Samsung notes app on my phone). I've also reviewed a handful of them. Those can be found on my book review page. I'm a little behind there, but I'll get caught up.
I buy 4 books at a time. When I get started on my 4th book of the previous purchase, I buy 4 more. I'm addicted...and I've been addicted to worse things in my history.
When I hear or read about a book that sounds intriguing, I add it to my list. Most of them so far are books I've heard referenced while listening to the One Percent Better or Learning Leader podcasts.
My list is currently 60 books long and growing at a pace with which I cannot keep up. It serves as a constant reminder that I have reading to do and a lot to learn.
Check out my lists in the pictures below, and please leave me a book recommendation...or 5...then go start your own list, or add some of these to yours if you already have one. And remember, a physical list will be more effective than a mental one.
Oh year, I almost forgot.