So I have this pile of books I never get around to reading because I’m not disciplined enough.
It could also be because they’re non-fiction.
You see, when I typically start reading a non-fiction book, I find I can’t get swept along by it as easily as I can by fiction. The act of reading feels like torture even though I’m learning and the subject matter is interesting.
This year I’ve decided to read just one of those non-fiction books every month. Just one.
These are the ones on my list for the year:
- Goals – Brian Tracey
- I thought it was just me – Brene Brown (I’ve also read The gifts of imperfection – fantastic!)
- The five love languages for children – Chapman and Campbell
- Do more great work – Michael Bungay Stanier
- Men are like waffles, women are like spaghetti – Bill and Pam Farrel
- It’s all too much – Peter Walsh
- Organizing magic – Sandra Felton
- The encore effect – Mark Sanborn (I loved the Fred book)
- Secrets to getting more done in less time – Donna Otto
- First-time mom – Kevin Leman
- Have a new you by Friday – Kevin Leman
- When your best is not good enough – Kevin Leman (might as well read 11 & 12 after each other – they came in a 3 in 1 and I read the Birth Order one years ago – yes, I thoroughly recommend it)
I just recently discovered something really cool that’s working well for me and so I thought I’d share it with you too.
Nothing earth-shattering, but a small change of habit.
I read just one chapter every day.
The Goals book has 21 chapters and I’m further with it this year than I was when I started reading it about 4 years ago. By the way, I started over so I could get a proper sense of the book.
Back to my old habits…
You see, before I’d think I need to only read one book at a time.
This time, I read my one non-fiction chapter in the morning or when the kids nap on the weekend days, and at night, I indulge in my fiction.
It’s working really, really well.
If I continue with this practice, I will complete those 12 much earlier than December and then I can tackle the rest of my bookshelf.
What is your reading style?
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
Which books are in your pile that you’re just not getting around to reading?Any of the ones on my list?
PS yes, that bookshelf needs to be decluttered in a major way 🙂