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52 Books In 52 Weeks: Week One Underway Come Join Us! [Start With Old Man And The Sea]

PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,475 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited January 6 in For The Grown & Sexy
With the start of a new year, people always try to commit to new habits and are overwhelmed by the time needed to complete their new goal. In this thread you can set any amount of books you want to read for the year, as long as you’re reading. The mind is an amazing tool that needs exercise.

Support your local book shops, libraries, Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, Play Store and other places where you can buy books. We always carry phones around and are on them daily so a bit of reading here and there is only a positive use of time.

To fulfil the 52 Books in 52 weeks goal it’s best to aim for one book a week or more to give yourself room for periods where reading isn’t possible.

I accomplished 90 books last year reading 2-4 books a week. Keeping track I used a spreadsheet, but stopped updating around the 4 month mark. I’ll drop a spreadsheet in the second post along with other pieces of info.

Each month to keep this thread active I’ll hold a giveaway for a book of one’s choosing in paperback or official Epub formats.

If you need a starting point, The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway is a short and wonderfully crafted book. It contains the message of this thread and goal with grace.
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  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,475 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2

    Everyone should be able to participate with local libraries, the spoiler provided.

    I'll edit this later to provide a Google Drive Account for this book challenge.
  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,475 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 3
    Just like your phone, bring a book with you wherever you go. It enforces discipline to keep reading, a lot of time during the day we are idle, waiting for someone to arrive or taking the train to work. 10 minutes outside of your daily set time to read keeps your mind going.

    If a book doesn't command your attention or you start to hate it stop reading it. I can't emphasise this one enough. In this instant gratification culture an oddity has occured, people sticking with shows and foods that don't make them feel good or offer a payoff. There definitely won't be one of you hate the book you read.

    To the person that hates a particular book, they may turn that anger into a disdain for the entirety of their reading approach.

    Set a goal that is attainable but one that isn't one without challenge. 90 books in 52 weeks may work for me but not for everyone. Your goal can always increase as the year goes on I think everyone can do 52 books, but there isn't anything less admirable in a goal of 25+.

    If you aren't naturally a note taker it may be too much to add to get yourself into.

    Have fun reading. Select books that garner your interest and won't have you quitting in frustration.

    Lastly, despite your progress, whether faster or slower than the rest of the group keep posting in the thread. There have already been a good amount of recommended books in here that might interest you. It also adds to the discipline you have for the reading cycle. And may just give you the inspiration needed to finish your book.

    Have fun and good luck to all who participate. To those wary of this, it's never too late to start reading. Literacy is all around us your reading may inspire someone to get back in it.
  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,475 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 5
    Recommended Reading List

    The Bell Jar
    The Gambler
    Wuthering Heights
    Dark Places
    The Girl With All The Gifts
    Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
    Rosemary's Baby
    Notes From The Underground

    Malcolm X
    Mrs. Hemingway
    The Rules of Work
    Revolutionary Suicide
    The Selfish Gene
    How To Win Friends And Influence People
    The Fourth Industrial Revolution

    More later.
  • yellowtapesportyellowtapesport Posts: 4,612 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Damn I need to read more post
    Fuck em, duck em, leave em alone.
  • silverfoxxsilverfoxx Posts: 11,455 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Speed reading is a huge contradiction that I never got into. I rather take 5 months with a book like Mastery (I take notes, go back and study passages, research ) and process things deeply then just to read to say i read.

    That's me though, not judging the speed reading community or anything. I'm sure there is some benefits to it.
  • LordZukoLordZuko Black Illuminati AsgardPosts: 1,964 ✭✭✭✭✭
    There's no purpose to speed reading just to say i read a book but what did you learn. Reading is an interactive process and your mind needs time to process information.

    When i was a shorty i was reading about 200 books a year but it was all fiction and didn't require anything from me so i could blaze through. What's the point in reading that many books if you don't learn anything from what you're reading?

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  • 2stepz_ahead2stepz_ahead Who I am is Complex, What i am, simply put. I'm a Threat walking out the lions denPosts: 30,449 ✭✭✭✭✭
    props bruh.

    read misty Copeland's book is a great read.

    niggas an chicks need to read it to put things into perspective.

    shit had me glassy eyed
    you have the dude who is naturally thorough -Alpha
    you have the dude that wants to be thorough so he pretend to be Alpha -Beta
    then you have the nigga who wants to hang with the first two to be seen and grab any dropped crumbs.- Omega

    I am still struggling between blocks to get from the have nots to the have yachts and I won't be stopped.


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  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,475 ✭✭✭✭✭
    props bruh.

    read misty Copeland's book is a great read.

    niggas an chicks need to read it to put things into perspective.

    shit had me glassy eyed

    I'll put this down on my list. My first two books this week are Revolutionary Suicide and #Girlboss.
  • silverfoxxsilverfoxx Posts: 11,455 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Paprika wrote: »
    @Neophyte Wolfgang
    @dallas' 4 eva

    All of your concerns about speed reading are true. Speed reading allows pieces of information to slip through the cracks, as often it is advertised as skipping words and paragraphs. That's not how I enjoy books.

    Like silverfoxx, I prefer to take my time with books, take notes to research and re-read pages at a time and even restart chapters. Upon completion of a book I review the whole thing using quotes I've written down and more that I go back into the book for.

    This challenge isn't about speed reading, rather time allocation. Under pressure to resd, people can't focus on the information they see and thus can't retain it.

    One book a week. With 168 hours in that week and 1 hour with a book a day, everyone can get a book finished.

    Literacy is one of the greatest gifts in life and not enough people get to utilize it. The brain, much like the body isn't supposed to be sedentary, it needs to be challenged through excercise and consistency. With a set time for one to put everything down and read, you become consistent, in turn, a book you've read in piecemeal over 6 months is done in a week or two.

    I can respect this man.
  • Lou_CypherLou_Cypher Make Reasonable Choices. H. E. Double Hockey SticksPosts: 51,044 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm definitely gonna read more this year. Probably can't do a book a week, but atleast 2 weeks maybe 3. I'll be active in here and share what i read
  • Cabana_Da_DonCabana_Da_Don Posts: 7,979 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Best thread made.Congrats to TS.I would advice also buying books that teach other languages.Move on to semetic languages that read from left to right to make your brain switch up.Also if the book get´s too heavy stop and read another one and then come back later on.
  • BEAMBEAM Posts: 2,560 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I read 125 books this past year, going for 150+ this year.

    Speed reading has always worked just fine for me; But I didn't learn to skip over any words or info, only to read entire lines at a time and to not need to repeat the words in my head as I'm reading.

    Niggas aren't too busy to read, they just don't / aren't good at it.
    Lou_CypherPaprikaValentinez A. Kaiser
  • zzombiezzombie Posts: 11,280 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Depending on the size and content of the book finishing it in a week at regular speeds should be easy so hopefully this shouldn't be much of a challenge for me.
  • blacktuxblacktux Posts: 4,546 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I side with schopenhauer when it comes to reading for the sake of reading.
  • Cabana_Da_DonCabana_Da_Don Posts: 7,979 ✭✭✭✭✭
    zzombie wrote: »
    Depending on the size and content of the book finishing it in a week at regular speeds should be easy so hopefully this shouldn't be much of a challenge for me.

    Come on now.How many pages is this book.I would like to know which book is this?
  • SionSion Moderator, Legion of Trill, AHH Content Producer, AHH Editor Posts: 44,689 Regulator
    Iuno speed reading is a gift and a curse, to me it helps me chop out excess words. Since I'm imagining what I'm reading I find it helps. On the flip side, you might attribute it to other things in your life and might miss some details. Everyone is different though.
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  • zzombiezzombie Posts: 11,280 ✭✭✭✭✭
    zzombie wrote: »
    Depending on the size and content of the book finishing it in a week at regular speeds should be easy so hopefully this shouldn't be much of a challenge for me.

    Come on now.How many pages is this book.I would like to know which book is this?

    wft are you asking me???
  • LordZukoLordZuko Black Illuminati AsgardPosts: 1,964 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I suggest you all read this book. It's forecasting the next era, the next fifty to one hundred years.


    The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres” – Professor Klaus Schwab.

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