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2017 Reading challenge

I have always loved reading. I still remember a contest we had the summer after 3rd grade – the school gave us a list of hundreds of books, and whoever read the most during the break got a prize. Two weeks into summer, my mom had to force me to get out of the house and get some fresh air. By the end of the summer, I had read over 200 books (although I do admit, I cherry-picked a lot of the simple ones with lots of pictures). The funny thing is – I don’t remember if I won the contest – but I will always remember those books.

I still read, but not with the same spirit or purpose. Last year, I came across an article on the Zapier blog about reading 50 books in a year. It got me thinking about that summer after 3rd grade. If I wanted to be better about reading, maybe all I needed was a challenge like this to allow my competitive spirit to drive me.

So that’s my challenge – read 50 books in 2017.

Most of the books I read these days are non-fiction. My bookshelf is filled with titles on business, entrepreneurship, decision-making, and behavioral economics. I used to read a lot of biographies and history. Only occasionally do I read fiction – although I did finish all the Game of Thrones books last year. Some of my favorite books include Freakonomics, The E-Myth, and The Tipping Point.

But more than just getting through 50 books in 2017, I want to learn something from them. My typical pattern is to read a book, get inspired by some idea or two, then forget everything within a week. So in addition to reading these books, I am going to take notes.  Interesting ideas, inspiring quotes or thought-provoking stats or studies will all go in my notebook. Maybe I’ll never look at these notes again, but if I take the time to write things down, I am better at retaining them. And since my “notebook” exists in Evernote, if I ever want to go back to re-visit anything, it will be as easy as popping open my computer.

For the more interesting titles, I also plan on writing reviews to include on this blog. Not everything I read will be worth sharing (one of the first books on my list is called “How to Review a Tax Return”). But by putting my thoughts about each book on “paper”, I hope the lessons stay with me longer. And maybe I can even inspire other people to read some good books.

I would love for anyone who is reading this to join me. One of the reasons I am writing this post is to keep myself accountable for this 50 book goal. So share with me your goals and keep me updated on how you are doing. And I will do the same thing here.

About the Author

Andy Smith

Andy Smith

Andy Smith, Founder of Numberwise, has been a CPA since 2004 (pretty impressive, huh?). He leads the strategic vision of the company, signs all those fun tax returns, and tries not to get in the way too much. Learn more about Andy and the rest of the team on the About Us page.
Andy Smith

Andy Smith

Andy Smith, Founder of Numberwise, has been a CPA since 2004 (pretty impressive, huh?). He leads the strategic vision of the company, signs all those fun tax returns, and tries not to get in the way too much. Learn more about Andy and the rest of the team on the About Us page.
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