Last year, I read 20 books. This year, I have only read a few so far, but I have still been reading a significant amount of words, they just are not in books. I have been utilizing Feedly and Pocket to read a lot more in the technical realm, and longer articles.
Aside: I wish my Kindle, Feedly, and Pocket each provided some more statistics on how many articles I’ve read, and how long each one took me to read. Their plugins could then tell me how many words per minute I read, and how long a potential book/article would take me to read.
I have a few books I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and elected to start one last week: A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
The book was fantastic, but I begin to hate myself when I get into a good book: I turn into an addict. I get a readers’ high.
I routinely went to bed well beyond midnight, which is against my initiative to maximize my productive time. I become very single-threaded in my reading efforts, and essentially bailed on all other research topics to see how this book ended as quickly as possible. I’m not sure if this is credit to the author, or a knock on myself. Either way, I was not nearly as productive on my personal areas of interest.
Now that I am done with the book, I hope to wrap up a few interesting technical ideas I’ve been wanting to research and post on. Or I’ll just start another book.