How to read 50 books in 1 year (a lifehack)

Sep 27, 2015 | Uncategorized

I read 50 books a year.

Seriously! But I should probably rephrase that as “I consume 50 books a year.”

“Reading” 50 books a year equates to about 1 book per week. “Consuming” 50 books takes the same amount of time, but is a lot easier.

How do i do it? Audiobooks.

I enjoy reading books, but I love listening to audiobooks.

To read a book you usually need to be sitting in one place. To listen to an audiobook, you can be driving, walking, working out, or cleaning the house. There are just so many opportunities to “consume” the book when you’re doing other things.

The average audiobook is about 8hrs long. If your commute to work is about 30 minutes in each direction, you can finish a book in 8 days!

If you really want to crank out the audiobooks, try listening them at 2X speed (or 3X as I do). So, instead of taking 8 days, you could be done 1 book in 4 days.

Where do you get audiobooks? I have a paid subscription to Audible.com. They have a huge selection of fiction and non-fiction books. There are lots of free services as well, such as Podiobooks.com.

In addition, if you have a public library membership, you can borrow audiobooks – both on CD and digitally through the Internet. Check with your local library for details.

My book recommendations – some of the books that I would recommend to get started are:

Smartcuts by Shane Snow. This book will show you how to get more done by taking “smartcuts” as opposed to “shortcuts.”

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. If you want to get up early, Hal will show you how and, more importantly, why.

In the Plex by Steven Levy. I am obsessed with everything Google does. This book gives you an inside look at how Google works and why their such an amazing company.

Do The Work by Steven Pressfield. If you’re ever found it hard to get started on any project, you have to listen to this book! It’s eye-opening!

If you have some audiobook recommendations, share them with me in the comments.

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