Reading More Books in 2015

Like most people, I have a few New Years resolutions that seem to make their way on my list every year because I didn’t accomplish them the year before.  You know the ones I’m talking about, the classics like “lose XX lbs” or “write more blogs” or “hit the gym 3 times a week”.   You know the type, like this guy here.

One goal for me that seems to follow this pattern is about reading more often and specifically reading more books.  I already read a ton, it’s a big part of my job to stay up to date with the trends in my industry and learn new things.  But I mostly read blogs and magazines.  So this year I set out to read more books.

My goal is to read 15 books this year which may not seem like a lot but compared to the 2 I read last year it’s a big improvement.  After a few weeks I found myself falling behind again because I didn’t have enough time.  But rather than let another year pass by of missing the goal, I decided to take a different approach and signed up for Audible.

If you’re not familiar Audible, it’s an audio book store and of course its own by Amazon.  Most e-books you buy from Amazon will give you an option to buy the Audible version and if you’re lucky your book may have Whispersync for Voice-ready meaning the software will sync between where you left off reading and can pick up audio.

My commute to work every day is 30 to 40 minutes which gives me plenty of time to knock out some books.  From the book list I’ve scanned, each one is 4 to 6 hours long, meaning I could almost read one book per week.

So far I’ve been very impressed.  I’m only on day 3 and I’m already making great progress on Gary Vaynerchuk’s first big hit book, Crush It.  I’ll let you know how it goes.