Why You Need a Reading Plan

Why You Need a Reading Plan:

What Is a Reading Plan?

A reading plan is exactly what it sounds like. Rather than flitting about from random book to random book, you have a system — usually a list — for determining what you’ll read next. Whether that’s specific titles (all of Dickens’ works), or simply broader topics/genres (Civil War history), a reading plan guides your reading efforts and keeps you from stagnating or always choosing the path of least resistance (whatever is right in front of you, easiest, or most entertaining).

This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re only reading those books, of course. At any given time, I’m probably reading 2-4 books, one of which is part of a larger plan I’m following (right now it’s biographies of US Presidents, in chronological order; before that, it was a deep dive in the Western genre). If you’re a one-book-at-a-time person, maybe every other book is just for fun, and every other is part of your plan.

(Via The Art of Manliness)

I hesitate to describe my reading as planned. I have “to read” lists and the unread purchases in my Kindle queues (yes, I have more than one). A number of bought works in various states of read populate iBooks and Kobo and Nook and straight up PDF,

This plan might not work for me, but it’s crazy enough that it might just work for you.

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