Despite my last post about readng – a social network for book lovers, I must hold my hands up and admit that I am actually terrible at reading books. Put a screen in front of me and I can read news and social media on the internet for hours. Wave an interesting-looking book in my face and I’ll pick up the book, start it, and then never finish it.
My track record is so bad that in an average year I will start reading a handful of books, but am lucky if I finish a single one. In fact, during 2020, I finished just one book – The Last Romeo by Justin Myers. 2019? Zero. 2018? Again, just one – Strange Heart Beating by Eli Goldstone – and I only started reading that because Eli was an old classmate of mine. I’m glad I picked that one up — it turned out to be a really good book.
Turning the page.
I tried to find a solution to my book-reading problem and figured that since I can spend so long reading on a screen, I should get an Apple iPad and use Apple Books. It seemed like a great way to avoid buying physical books that I have to put in a physical book case, only for them to collect dust as they remain unread.
At the time of writing this, Apple Books tells me I’m about 33% through each of them. With that sort of progress, maybe I should have spent all my time reading just one book, then at least I would have finished one. They’re neatly lined up to continue my inability to finish a book.
In addition to the more standard e-book, I also purchased an audiobook — If You Should Fail by Joe Moran. I figured that, for a while, I can replace the time I spend listening to podcasts with tuning my ears into a longer-form of recording instead.
This went really well. Within a few days, I had finished my first audiobook and soon picked up a second; Feline Philosophy by John Gray. I started listening more; as I did chores around the house, or as I walked to and fro the supermarket. It didn’t take long before finished my second, then third; How To Avoid A Climate Disaster by Bill Gates.
And with that, I reached my yearly goal on Apple Books of reading three books. Well, listening to three books. I almost feel like it’s cheating.
My goal is to still finish the three initial books that I bought. And at this rate, considering we have just entered March, I could make it through many more audiobooks this year. I’ve upped my goal to six books and we’ll see how it goes.
What are you reading at the moment?