Thanks for the post, Srinivas. A few thoughts: I’m an avid reader, and my goal for this year was 30 books (I’m almost done with #22). I follow a lot of blogger folks who have similar articles, who claim to read 1–2 books a week on average. I read a book per week for the first 8 weeks of the year, and I hated it so much, I didn’t read anything for 3 months before I got back on the wagon.
It’s also tough when you’re working full-time and in grad school full-time (which I am). It’s frustrating when I read these types of posts because I have this (quite possibly mistaken) perception that these bloggers and writers I follow have all the time in the world to read! (I know this post isn’t a universal rule, and I don’t believe you’re trying to make it one — if you are claiming that “anyone can read 100 books in a year if they want to, I would venture to disagree with that, or at least cede that if someone did read that many, their level of comprehension of the books would be minuscule).
I found myself speeding through books but then remembering nothing from them. This may be fine for fiction books, but when you’re reading business/nonfiction/personal development goals, the goal isn’t to “read 100 of these books in 1 year!” for me, but to actually absorb and retain the important lessons and insights from these books.
The article is helpful (making a reading schedule is helpful for me), but if I successfully complete my goal of “reading 10 books in 5 weeks,” I may have won the battle, but lost the war — which is to actually learn and grow through reading.
Love to hear your thoughts on this.