As my life has gotten busier and busier over the last few years, my reading has suffered as I increasingly found myself prioritizing other things over it.
On New Year’s Eve, I read an inspiring post by Julien Smith where he describes how he manages to read a book every week. Essentially, in the same manner in which all big tasks are accomplished, he broke it down to 40 pages per day.
Given that I already struggle to find enough time in the day, I think 40 pages per day may be unfeasible. However, I’m inspired enough by Julien’s post to set a challenge for myself publicly for 2010:
I will read one book every two weeks throughout the whole year.
That means 26 books throughout the year.
Right now I’m working my way through John Harmon’s Feeding Frenzy – a first-hand account of the crisis communications surrounding the Ford/Firestone crisis in 2000 (which, so far, is excellent).
Up next on my list (Amazon affiliate links):
- The Whuffie Factor: Using the Power of Social Networks to Build Your Business by Tara Hunt (which I haven’t read thoroughly yet)
- The Fall Of Advertising And The Rise Of PR by Al and Laura Ries (a well overdue read)
- Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
- In Search Of Excellence by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman
That leaves 21 other books to read this year.
What would you suggest I add to the list?
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