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System For Reading 100 Books A Year

Want to read more? And does your reading list keep growing? It might be time to cross more books from your list this year than ever.

If you’re reading less than you want, you’re not the only one. One year ago I looked at my Goodreads page and noticed that I had read only five books in 2014. That realization frustrated me.

Why read more books? You read because you want to learn from other people’s experiences. Otto von Bismarck put it best:

“Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.”

If you want to get anywhere in this world, you need to educate yourself, and to educate yourself you need to read—a lot. Here’s how to do it.

1. Buy In Bulk

It costs money to buy books, and it costs you time to read them — I’m assuming you have both if you’re reading this. Everyone can make time. And if you don’t have money, find a way to make or save money.

As Dutch Renaissance man Erasmus once said:

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

Be assured, the money and time you spend on books are worth it. I can’t think of a better investment. Books are only a waste of money if you don’t read them.

If you want to read more, you have to buy more books. Some people don’t get it. They spend $200 on new shoes, but they find it ridiculous to buy 20 books from Amazon.

The idea is simple: If you have more books in your house, you’ll have more choices, and this will help you read more.

Here’s why: Most of the books you read are not planned in advance. You don’t sit down in January and say: “The first week of June I’ll read this book.”