Have you ever wanted to read one book in a day without much effort?
In this article, I will explain to you how you can use the proven methods that work all the time
Let’s dive in!
There are two ways you can follow to read about 1 book a day.
And the first one is…
Master Speed Reading and Memorization Techniques
How fast do you read?
One of the most obvious answers to the question “How to read more books?” Is to learn to read faster.
The speed reading theme is so popular that some companies use it in their marketing campaign.
By the way, some of them have developed and implemented a technology that allows you to determine your reading speed.
According to global data, 300 words per minute is an average adult.
- Elementary school students, 8–9 years old (Third-grade students) – 150 words per minute;
- High school students, 13-14 years (Eight grade students) – 250 words;
- College and university students – 450 words;
- Top managers – 575 words.
- University professor – 675 words;
- Speed Reader – 1500 words
In the process of reading books, reading comprehension remains the most important.
It’s no secret that people who cleverly manage one and a half thousand words a minute, in fact, do not remember much from the text, practically without understanding anything.
Therefore, if your reading speed is at an average level, do not be sad.
Gradually increase speed, but without compromising understanding. Only in this case, you will be able to find the right way to have time to read more.
How much do you read?
Someone reads fast, while someone reads a lot. You will be surprised, but not all people try to save time in their favorite pastime.
In this case, speed reading is not an option at all. In fact, in this situation, the question “How to read a lot?” Disappears by itself: if a person likes to read, he will devote a lot of time to this.
According to a study by The Pew Research Center, adults in the US read 17 books per year on average. And how many books do YOU usually read in a year?
The keyword here is “average.”
There are people who read a lot more than 17 books a year. There are those who don’t read them at all (19% of those, and according to the latest data, 28% of Americans).
What does it mean?
This means that if you start reading more, you will be head and shoulders above one-third of the US population.
The Summary you might like: The Compound Effect
5 Techniques That Will Allow You to Read More Books, Blogs, Articles
1. Speed reading: the amazing technique of Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss, the author of 4-Hour Workweek and many other bestsellers, is ready to offer you a unique technique that will increase your reading speed by at least 3 times.
His method consists of 2 tricks:
- Drive with a pen or pencil along each line you read, as children do when they learn to read.
- Start reading each new line with at least the third word, and try to catch the first two words with peripheral vision. Go to the next line at least three words before the end of the line itself.
Ferriss calls this technique perceptual extension:
“Untrained readers spend up to half the scope of their peripheral vision on reading … fields. If you read the lines from beginning to end, you will lose about 25-50% of the time for nothing. ”
How do our eyes see?
Perhaps you have already heard that you need to use your peripheral vision to improve reading speed. Fast eye movements, the so-called saccades (fast, strictly coordinated eye movements that occur simultaneously and in one direction), occur constantly while we read (from the field to the beginning of a new line, for example). Minimizing these jumps is a sure way to increase your reading speed.
Conclusion: Using peripheral vision will help you improve your reading speed. You will not achieve record changes in speed, but you will definitely start reading faster.
2. Spritz Technique
Spritz and Blinkist are two completely new, unique techniques that will help you read not only fast, but also less.
As mentioned above, during the reading a lot of time is spent on eye movement. Spritz technology completely eliminates this.
How does it work?
You just look at the small rectangle on the screen of your laptop or smartphone, which alternately, one after another, displays the words from the text. Each letter has one letter highlighted in red: it is easier for the eyes to concentrate on the center of the word.
There is a special bookmarklet called OpenSpritz and allows you to read in this way any text that you find on the Internet.
On the main page of the Spritz application, you can try this technology at different speeds and in different languages.
3. Do not watch TV and do not get involved in shopping
Shane Parrish, the author of the Farnam Street blog, has read about 14 books over the past month, how did he do it?
Shane says there are no secrets to this success. The time that he devotes to reading, the average American spends on watching TV (35 hours a week), any interactive entertainment and shopping (at least an hour a week). Shane excluded all these optional actions from his life and sent the saved time to reading.
In total, he reads 43 hours more per week than an average American.
4. Buy a reader
According to the results of the study by The Pew Research Center, those people who use e-books read about 24 books a year on average, while people without this device manage to do only 15.
The question is: do you want to read 9 more books a year, than usual? If so, then get a reader. It is light and comfortable, and you can devote any free time to reading.
5. Read more, but do not read everything
People usually divide all books into those that they have read and those that have not read:
- The books we read;
- The books we saw
- The books we heard about;
- The books we forgot about;
- The books we never opened.
Who knows: maybe, in order to be able to read more, you just need to look at the reading process a little differently. Obviously, those books that fall into the first 3 categories, the professor refers to read. Will this help you? Give it a try. But to be honest, we doubt a little.
3 Effective Ways to Remember What You Read
In order to learn how to better read and retain information for many years, you need to understand the specifics of our memory.
To do this, remember 3 keywords:
Let’s say you read Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. You liked the book incredibly, and you want to remember as much as possible.
What should be done?
Work on three levels.
Impressions. You will remember much more if you emotionally work through a book. For example, you can lose some chapters in your imagination, try to feel the emotions that the author is trying to convey or about which he is talking. Imagine yourself the main character of the chapters read. You must create and manage your impressions. Thanks to them, you can save most of the information in your memory. If visual images do not help, then try to read out the chapters you especially like aloud. Make the book evoke a surge of feelings in you.
Associations. The method of association is known to many, but it can not be omitted from our list since it is distinguished by record efficiency. Its essence is simple: you connect the meaning of what you read with something that is already familiar to you, relate to each other. In addition to the fact that this method will allow you to memorize texts better and more clearly, you will also understand them better. The rule works: explaining something new is easier if you compare it with something familiar.
Reiteration. Repetition is the mother of learning. And that’s it. The more often you return to the books you like most, the better you keep them in your memory.
4 Reading Levels
Mortimer Adler, the philosopher, and author of How to Read a Book outlines 4 reading levels:
Each level is based on the previous one.
The elementary level is the one you are taught at school.
The inspection level is, in fact, a superficial acquaintance with a book or article, the same as “running your eyes”.
The most painstaking work takes place on the last two levels.
The analytical level requires a more thorough acquaintance with the material. You literally read the book cover to cover. During the analytical reading you will have to go through 4 stages:
- Classify the book by topic.
- Briefly state what the book is about.
- List the main chapters and establish links between them. Describe each of these parts. Expand her role for the entire book.
- Identify the problem or problems that the author solves in the book. Describe them.
Finally, thematic reading obliges you to read several books on one topic and analyze each of them in relation to another: to compare, contrast, evaluate.
As you master these 4 levels of reading, you will also develop the 3 methods of memorization discussed above. By disassembling the book into parts (at the analytical and thematic levels), you will consolidate in your memory the impressions you received from it.
Thoughtful analysis of similar work on topics will help you better understand the material and remember it for many years.
Here’s a quick tip: take notes.
Write in the margin. Leave your bookmarks. After reading the book, write a short review. Then you can return to your notes and notes and refresh the most important moments from what you have read.
And finally the second way!
Read Tons of Books by Studying Summaries on Them
Book summaries are the best option for people who are too busy to read that many books a year but have a strong need to do so.
Let me be honest with you.
Not all books are made equal.
There are some books I read and reread more than 5 times.
While some of the others were thrown in the garbage can (literally).
Book summaries will help you save your time, energy, and money.
You get only the most important ideas and principles, and it usually can take you about 20 min to read the summary of a 10h book.
The question is:
Where can you find quality book summaries for free?
The answer is – HERE!
This website is dedicated to letting people read as many book summaries on a variety of topics as they want.
And it is absolutely free!
What is the catch?
I use affiliate links on my blog and other forms of advertisement. It means that if after reading one of my summaries you decide to purchase an original book, you may do so by using the links in the post. I will receive a small commission from Amazon and you will get your book copy. There is no additional cost to you whatsoever.
I highly appreciate your support!
Which of the 2 methods I personally use?
Here is how it works:
1st. I read a book summary.
2nd. I read the full book. (Speed Reading and Advanced Memorization techniques help tremendously)
3rd. I write my own summary. (It helps me organize the ideas, retain more information, and structure the data for future reviewing)
Remember the main rule: books cannot be read, books must be studied.
In books, you need to see investments in your own education, and therefore in your own success.
The two methods I outlined above have helped me achieve one interesting goal – to finish 365 books in 1 year!
It is totally up to you to choose the right way.
Which of them will you use?:)