Reading a book in a day might seem daunting to many but you won’t know until you try once. Usually, I read a book a week. Reading an average sized book for an average reader, who can read 30-50 pages per day, takes a week to read a book. Recently, I read the book The Martian by Andy Weir without choosing any deadline. After reading a few pages, I realized that this is the book which I can read in one day because I was so much immersed in the story. I saw the trailer of the movie The Martian adapted from the book, and I was curious to watch it. But I didn’t want to ruin the fun of reading. Fortunately, it was a Saturday and I decided to finish the book on the same day. So that I could watch the movie the next day.
Here, in this article, I am sharing a few easy but very effective steps you can use to do this seems-to-be-daunting task: reading a book in a day. Along with this, I’ll share my experience of doing this.
4 Step Process for reading a book in a day
Step 1: What to read
The obvious factor, choose something which interests you, in fact, which highly interest you. Look for the reviews and rating from the fellow readers. If you choose something in which you can engage yourself, you’ll love the process. But if you choose something which is dull and not appealing to you, you’ll leave the book in the middle.
Choose a fiction over non-fiction: Though, this is a matter of personal choice. But in my opinion, if you want to read a book quickly, choose fiction. The human brain tends to relate with stories, hence it find it easy to read quickly and retain more. Fiction is much easier and entertaining to read as compared to non-fiction, especially when done quickly. Yes, you can choose non-fiction, But most non-fiction books are packed with facts, information and thoughts you might want to memorise and implement. If you read non-fiction quickly, it won’t make much impact. Because most non-fiction needs slow reading to be more productive.
Read a printed book: I love it when I see the flow of pages moving from under my right thumb to under my left thumb. E-readers like kindle might not give you that sensation. I love reading Kindle and I use it a lot, but in this case, I prefer a print. You can also check my blog: Ebooks vs printed books – 7 Reasons one is better than other.
Step 2: When and Where to read
Pick a place where you can sit in silence without being interrupted. A separate room in your house, a quiet corner, your study table, etc will work. Find a comfortable chair to sit, something to place your legs on and keep something to eat or drink next to you. Try reading in solitude, that way you’ll be able to concentrate more which will boost your reading speed without losing the track. For instance, the amount of reading which you do in 2 hours, if you read in isolation, you might be able to do it in one hour, or even less than that. Turn off the internet or if possible, your phone and choose a time when you have nothing else scheduled. Reading over the weekend is an ideal choice of most people.
Step 3: Read
Take breaks, but not frequently: Breaks are important, but don’t take a break after every few minutes. It takes some time to build a pace of reading and concentration. Taking too frequent breaks will break your pace and slow down the process. Take decent breaks, but don’t take it often. I suggest taking a break at least after reading for an hour.
Don’t use the dictionary: Key is not to be distracted from the book. Choose a book which fits in your vocabulary so that you won’t need a dictionary. Even if you encounter any new words, just move ahead. You should be able to understand the context without being precise. Still, if new words make you restless, do it, who is holding you!
Step 4: Celebrate
Plan to treat yourself with something nice after finishing the book. Like a couple of drinks, a dinner, a movie, you name it. Something with which you can celebrate after finishing the book. Such celebrations are motivating.
Recommendations on reading a book in a day
Reading a book in one day is a very fruitful and amusing activity. It increases your attention span, and ability to read more. You might love it, you might not love it. But I’d suggest, at least give it a try and see if it works for you. After all, there is no harm in it. At the very least, you’ll finish a book. If you are looking for book recommendations. I recommend The Martian by Andy Weir and Animal Farm by George Orwell, which everyone will enjoy regardless of any particular taste.
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