Alessandro Marchesin

Sep 23, 2021

3 min read

📚 How to Read +70 Books Every Year


Reading nowadays is more complicated than ever.

  • Forty-three million US adults possess low literacy skills.
  • People aged 15–44 in the US spend 10 minutes or less per day reading.
  • 27% of adults in the US didn’t read a book in 2018.
  • Six additional minutes of reading per day can significantly improve kids’ reading performance.
  • Children who read at least 20 minutes a day are exposed to almost 2 million words per year.
  • One out of every five children in the UK can’t read at a satisfactory level by age 11.
  • Reading could help reduce mental decline in old age by up to 32%.
  • Fiction novels can make you a better decision-maker.
  • Reading increases emotional intelligence, and consequently, your career outlooks.

Four ways to increase reading time

Audio and E-Books

  • They are effortless to transport and handle.
  • They can replace phones when you’re a sardine in the metro.
  • If you finish your book, you do not have to wait for the book shop to open.

Getting unstuck and on online

  • You immerse yourself in a culture of books, with much news regarding the books coming out and the titles your friends are currently reading. It lets you think more about reading and thus read more.
  • You know what your friends are reading, so next time you’ll meet them you could start talking about that. Again, when books become a topic, you feel socially pushed to read more.
  • Your friends are also your enemies: you can see how many books they are reading, and you will immediately feel the pressure to beat them.
  • It gives you a scoreboard: you can set a yearly goal of several books to read, and again there will be a positive pressure to beat yourself and stick to your plans. Scoreboards are essential, aren’t they?

All in all