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This week the BBC website published an article by Hannah Sander titled How could I read more books? which is a subject we have been debating over lunch at work recently due to self improvement guru Tail Lopez's website as he "evaluates" a LOT of books.
Hannah's article offers two main pieces of advice. Learn how to speed read from Tony Buzan a self development guru and using the spare small amounts of time in a day to read from literary coach Glynis Kozma.
Back to Tail Lopez whose list of books read is both interesting and impressive but I spotted that he had read Leo Tolstoys "War and Peace" on 28th November 2015. "How do you read War and Peace in one day?" I asked my colleagues. "Surely that's impossible?".
In the debate that followed we concluded that you would of had to used Tony Bozan's speed reading advice to the extreme and likely read the book a few times before so you knew where to hit the after burners.
I looked very seriously into speed reading a number of years ago and my opinion is that like any other skill, the more you read, the better and faster you become.anyway.
There are times when going faster than your natural pace makes a lot of sense. Technical documents are an obvious example but also specific detail in a book which you do not need to remember and you know is not central to the development of the book.
But you are always in danger of skimming over something that later becomes very important and missing the soul of the book.
Glynis Kozma's advice of finding additional moments to read is a better overall solution. With this in mind here are my tips to reading more books :
I am 43 and lucky to have a fantastic wife and 3 kids who give my life purpose and make it fun too. To pay the bills I am a Software Consultant and have been for the past (mostly enjoyable) 18 years.