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How to Start Reading a Book a Week

Updated on October 5, 2019
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Davie is a Project Coordinator in a leading IT-service company in Scandinavia, who is also a passionate consumer of nonfiction literature.

How many of you - my fellow readers - have read a book in a week and forgotten most of the texts next week? I’m sure I’m not the only one who have had the same experience and it’s in fact quite a bumpy road without a proper plan.

According to many of my friends who pursue reading a book of 200 to 300 pages a week, usually have a reading plan. A reading plan is allowing (even) the most unmotivated readers to pick up a book and read.

Here are my 3 easy steps to begin with.


Acknowledge Your Daily Peak of Energy and Willpower

Every one of us has an abstractive indicator of energy and willpower and that’s the reason we need to sleep or take power naps to recharge. Theoretically, we are having the highest peak in the morning and the least by the end of the day because your willpower has been deteriorated by tasks and errands. Surely there are massive amount of people working in numbers of exceptional industries that are functioning around the clock, for instance health care and factories. But let’s stick with people with 9 to 5 jobs.

My solution: In spite the fact of me waking up at 7 am daily, my peak of energy and willpower is at night. I run other errands - day job, homework of universities, writing blogs and articles, power naps, cooking – all before 8 pm and spend time with my family until 10 to 11 pm. So, the actual intense reading is focused on nighttime when I can literally hear small bugs flying around and gentle blows of wind from the ocean. Sometimes I even make myself a mind calming cup of decaffeinated coffee or black tea.


Start with Easy Topics

Not every one of us is keen on reading books and as a matter of fact there are more readers than before due to social media and graphical novels. Nevertheless, it’s important to start with a topic you are most interested in. Avoid creating adversities at the beginning of your reading journey and that will guarantee to avoid being demotivated.

If you are into self-development books, for instance trying to understand the theory behind deep learning then you definitely should start with that. It gets easier over time and you’d be picking unfamiliar topics to study unexpectedly in the future.

My solution: The funny fact is, I used to dislike reading. My childhood was filled with books and various of educational methods to boost the foundation of a wide range of common knowledge. Among the numbers of topics that I was responsible to assimilate, I loved academic theories behind maths, geology and art. So, I started with funny theories behind history of algebra, flag books and art history.


Make a Light Reading Plan

Reading nonfiction books, for myself is the closest to managing projects. Every project should be planned and executed accordingly (in theory). A project without a plan is destined to be failed. You must adjust the reading plan to your daily and weekly routines. Audiobooks are awesome but not included this time although they are close to my heart.

My solution: I like to keep things simple.

First you need to test your reading speed on that particular book you have just picked up from your local bookstore and read for 60 seconds then count the pages you have read.

Calculate the pages you are able to read in an hour and use that number in the next step.

Next, you simply divide the pages – say 300 – to 7 days in order to get the accurate number for your reading plan.


OR you can do it another way. Please take a look at my first reading plan below:

  • Book contains 274 pages.
  • Takes me 60 seconds to read half a page meaning 2 minutes to read 1 page and 548 minutes to finish the book (2x274).
  • 548 minutes equal to approximately 9 hours. (Now, 9 hours don’t sound like much, but you have to take plenty of notes and learn new vocabularies along the road meaning you can easily double the hours to 18.)
  • 18 hours divided to 7 days equals to approximately 2.5 hours a day.


Hopefully these steps have helped you picking up the habit of reading more easily and if you have anything in your mind, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.


Thank you for taking time to read my article. Until next time!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Davie Chen

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    • Davie Chen profile imageAUTHOR

      Davie Chen 

      6 weeks ago from Helsinki

      Thank you, Kethlin!

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      Kethlin 

      6 weeks ago

      Good tips Davie, thanks for the insight!

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