ABR: Always Be Reading

four books currently reading

I love this portion of the Darius Foroux article from The Observer (which I found linked to from Nubby Twiglet’s blog):

A(always) B(e) R(eading)

You might have heard of the term ‘ABC’ from the play/movie Glengarry Glen Ross: Always Be Closing. Many salespeople and entrepreneurs live by that motto.

I live by a different motto: Always Be Reading.

I read a minimum of 1 hour per day on weekdays and even more during the weekend and holidays.

Find a way to read around your schedule and your life situation. Don’t make excuses like you’re tired or too busy.

Always Be Reading means that you:

  • Read on the train
  • Read while you’re breastfeeding your baby
  • Read while you’re eating
  • Read at the doctor’s office
  • Read at work
  • And most importantly — read while everyone else is wasting their time watching the news or checking Facebook for the 113th time that day.

If you do that, you’ll read more than 100 books in a year. Here’s how. Most people read 50 pages an hour. If you read 10 hours a week, you’ll read 26,000 pages a year. Let’s say the average book you read is 250 pages: In this scenario, you’ll read 104 books in a year.

With that pace—even if you take a two-week break—you’ll read at least 100 books in a year.

That’s a good return of your time investment. What’s the ROI of reading the news? I don’t know exactly, but it must be negative.


Lately, I’ve been crushing it with reading and it feels great. I am a lifelong lover of reading but my pace ebbs and flows depending on how addictive the books I’m reading are, how much quiet time I have and how well I’m prioritizing reading. A funny story about my reading addiction is that some friends I made at my old workplace Dick’s Sporting Goods nicknamed me “The Reader” because they’d often see me alone in the cafeteria having lunch and reading a book.

I’m currently doing the simultaneous reading thing with these four books: Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss , Heading Home with your Newborn: from Birth to Reality (I’m really confused by the sub-title – doesn’t birth start the reality portion?) by Laura Jana and Jennifer Shu, Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge and In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick.

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P.S. please enjoy the randomness of my outfit. I am about 3 weeks postpartum and currently wearing anything machine washable that fits and has relatively easy boob access for breastfeeding. AKA very Coco Chanel-esque every damn day. ;-)

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