50-plus Books!

This year I have set myself an aspiration to read 50 plus books. When I say 50 plus books, this is my intention:

To read at least 50 physical non-fiction books on a range of topics.

The ‘plus’ is:

Plus listen to a non-determined number of non-fiction and fiction audiobooks
Plus read a non-determined number of fiction physical books

Of the 50 non-fiction physical books, some of them will be new reads and some of them will be re-reads (books I have read before but would like to read again)

I intend to post a running tally each month of the physical books I have read plus the audiobooks I have listened to. I will name the non-fiction books and their authors, and whether it was a physical book or audiobook. For the fiction books, I will simply list the number of fiction books (if any) and whether they were a physical book or an audiobook.

So, why have I set myself this aspiration?

Right from a very young age, I have always been an avid reader. However, I have noticed in the last few years that I have been listening to more audiobooks rather than reading physical books, so this is simply a habit that I would like to get back into. I am positive there will be many benefits to doing this and I intend to post my reflections on this at the end of the year.

When I have mentioned my intention to read 50 plus books this year to others, the most common response I have received is ‘how will you find the time?’

While books vary considerably in terms of number of pages, on average spending 45 minutes per day reading, will equal one book per week. So, I am planning to read for 45 minutes to 1 hour a day. Some people have said to me that they couldn’t possibly find the time to read for 45 minutes to 1 hour a day. The interesting thing is, that we all have much more time than we realise.

There is a particular exercise that I take people through when I am conducting time management coaching or training. Every time people complete the exercise, they always come back to me with some version of ‘OMG…. I have much more time than I ever realised’. It happens Every. Single. Time.

Think of it this way; the average Netflix episode is 45 to 55 minutes long. If you spend time watching Netflix (or other television) or scrolling social media in your day, then replacing one Netflix episode with reading gives you back at least 7 hours in your week (for reading or anything else you would like to be doing).

I have a good To Be Read (TBR) list ready to go for this year, but I would love to receive recommendations on your favourite non-fiction books, and I will happily add them to my list. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email me rachel@rachelmconsulting.com.au

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