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Infographic: How to Read 100 Books in a Year

Reading a lot of books in a single calendar year takes careful planning, dedication, and a willingness to abandon awful books.

The following infographic from Darius Foroux details several steps you can take to boost your throughput from a few books a month to over 100 books a year.


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Al the Great and Powerful January 17, 2017 um 10:54 am

"Reading a lot of books in a single calendar year takes careful planning, dedication, and a willingness to abandon awful books."

Well, NO. All it takes is a love of reading, an adequate supply, and books you want to read (why start an awful book to begin with?)… it isn’t rocket science, and it doesn’t need lots of preparation other than having things around to read. You could easily accomplish it at/by means of a library and never buy any books at all.

Nate Hoffelder January 17, 2017 um 11:03 am

Because I didn’t know they were awful books until I started them?

For example, Grossman’s "The Magicians" was terrible.

Amber January 17, 2017 um 1:45 pm

Uuuugh, The Magicians was so dulllllll!

me not you January 17, 2017 um 2:41 pm

Read short books? I have about 30 books on Amazon and 26 of them are less than 100 pages on average and the other 5 are 200-300 pages. They are all in a series. People read all of them in 2-4 days. Thats 30 books for you there in less than a weel. My content is not skimpy either. It is however very moorish. ie you just want more and more.

How To Read 100 Books in a Year: Critical Linking, January 18, 2017 January 18, 2017 um 6:35 am

[…] Seems pretty straightforward. […]

Jennifer Greenlees January 18, 2017 um 9:50 pm

I regularly read over 200 books a year and I very rarely put down a book as DNF.(In the whole of my life [I’m 42], I think I’ve only ever "DNFed" two, or maybe three, books. And I’ve been reading over 200 books a year for at least the last 20 years.

If a book is written well, I will give it a chance. It’s only poorly edited (full of grammatical and spelling errors) books that I will abandon. If a book is written well but deadly dull, I might skim-read it, but I still read it from cover-to-cover.

Also, it is not necessary to buy books if you have easy access to a library. In 2016, roughly 150 of the 206 books I read were thanks to my local library. Only 50 or so were books that I own.

Rebecca January 18, 2017 um 11:26 pm

"Buy in bulk"?
Really? Every public library has books for FREE. Books to check out AND books to download, for such an avid reader, I’m really surprised you didn’t mention that.

Rohit Sharma January 19, 2017 um 9:21 am

Hats off to you.
Seriously – Respect.
I am trying to do just that.
Read a 101 last year and loving it this year too.

Cheers to the readers.
Long live the reader.

Daniel January 19, 2017 um 2:07 am

I think the only thing you have to do is read. I ramped up from around 40-50 books a year to a personal best last year of 157. Mostly fiction – literary, crime, graphic. To get there I cut out a lot of the time I was wasting on unsatisfying TV and YouTube black holes.

I read for pleasure and to challenge myself. I read one book at a time. I finish everything I start.

Karim January 19, 2017 um 3:27 am

Nice infographic, great tips. Thanks!

MKS January 19, 2017 um 4:55 am

Don’t read while eating. It’s too easy to get into the habit of overeating.

Ylva January 19, 2017 um 5:21 am

I regurlarly look for books that I want to read to see if they are on sale – or I buy used 🙂 That makes it easier to buy books in bulks.

But I don’t want to read as many books as possible ^^ I am more interested in the number of pages. I read 13,5k pages last year, and I hope to make 15k this year 🙂

Rohit Sharma January 19, 2017 um 9:18 am

Totally agree with those points and following almost all of them last year I indeed read 101 books.
I am posting the link to my 101 reviews with dates 😉 below as I kept writing a brief on what I have read on my blog just to keep a track of dates and what all I have read.
Now it has become a habit of sorts and I just finished the fourth book of the year.
Although like you said – I have now become choosy and picking up what I like these days.

Cheers to readers.
Long live the reader.

Link to my books:

Victoria January 19, 2017 um 5:01 pm

I count books on audio CD in my list of reads each year, as I spend so much time in the car i can slip in a CD and still " read " a book.

Razvan February 15, 2017 um 11:41 pm

I’ve never read 100 books in a year. The most I’ve read were 64.

I plan though on achieving this goal in 2017.

I don’t think it is hard. It comes down to a few key principles:
– Consistency. If you read daily, then going through this goal is a lot easier. You just need to read every single day and you’ll make constant progress.
– Read what you like. The material must interest and passionate you.
– Use audiobooks. There are a lot of down times where it is hard to physically read, for example, when walking down the street or having breakfast. An audiobook allows you to take full advantage of that time.
– Use a Kindle. Easy to carry, easy to purchase a new book and generally more convenient than a paperback. I suggest against an iPad since you want to have charge available 24/7, which rarely happens with a tablet.

The most important factor here is consistency. This is true for anything in life. The more days you miss, the more you need to compensate. If you start on January 1st and you read consistently until December 31, you’ll finish a great deal of books and remember a great deal of information.

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