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Wednesday
Oct112017

How to Get a Book Read (Revised)

In March this year I wrote a piece on how to get a book read. Although the technique mentioned there proved reasonably successful, I’ve since been using one which seems to work better for me.

It’s very simple. Imagine you have a pile of books. Starting from the top of the pile, look at the books in turn until you come to one which you feel like reading now. Read it for as long as you want to, then put the book in top place on the pile.

The next time you feel like doing some reading, repeat the procedure. If you feel like reading the book at the top of the pile again, read it. If you don’t, look at books in turn until you come to one you feel like reading now. As before, replace the book at the top of the pile.

What I find usually happens is that I latch on to one book that I select most times. That is of course until I finish it. Then another book will take over pole position.

This can be applied to many situations other than a pile of books. Books on a shelf rather than in a pile work just as well of course. And so do books on Kindle, which automatically shows the last book you read at the head of the list. You can use it for movies, whether a pile of DVDs or streaming videos on Amazon or Netflix. Try it for magazines, particularly if you have to read them for professional purposes.

The above suggestions are not comprehensive. Use your imagination to think of other uses of the technique. Restaurants, walks, types of exercise? What else?

Reader Comments (5)

AF2
October 12, 2017 at 5:08 | Registered CommenterSeraphim
Seraphim:

Yes, well spotted. And so was the article I recently wrote about The Panic List. I nearly said they were ways of using AF2, but decided it would take too long to explain what AF2 was for those who didn't already know (i.e. just about everyone) and there wasn't much point in doing so anyway.
October 12, 2017 at 13:10 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Why not just put the book titles on the long list, and let the usual process deal with them?
October 12, 2017 at 21:22 | Unregistered CommenterNenad
Nenad:

You certainly can do it that way if you want to. Personally though I might have twenty or more books I want to read and to put them all on the long list would simply clutter things up.
October 12, 2017 at 23:28 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
So it basically encourages dropping stuff if you don't like particularly like it? I've always struggled with this and push through until I've finished reading it.

Interesting though and looking forward to using this.
October 13, 2017 at 23:32 | Unregistered CommenterYoyorast

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