Our ever-inspiring editor in chief at REALTOR® Magazine, Stacey Moncrieff, brought an interesting experiment to my attention earlier this month, and I’d love to get your thoughts on it. I admit, I’m a little conflicted on it myself.
Chris Brogan, bestselling author and CEO/president of Human Business Works, has a proposition: Read three books—and only three—over one year. The point of the exercise is to move from quantity to quality, spending more time absorbing and implementing the lessons books have to teach us and less time collecting books in our “read” pile.
Here are his rules and suggestions:
- Choose 3 books to read from November 1, 2012 until November 1, 2013.
- They can be new to you or old favorites. Any genre. Any kind.
- Read these books for an entire year. Over and over. At least twice.
- Implement what you can.
- Pick books that represent different facets of your life (Brogan is choosing one for each of these three categories: body, spirit, and business).
- You have until November 1 to choose, but after you start, you have only one week to change your mind on only one title, so after that, you’re locked in.
- Students have permission to read outside of the 3 books, but only for school.
You have to admit, it’s an intriguing dare. But I don’t know if I could commit. I don’t particularly like rereading books, and people are constantly recommending or even giving books to me (yes, I’m a lucky lady!). Could I really push them off until next year with the excuse that I’m on a diet?
Because of my work on this very blog, I couldn’t participate unless Brogan gave me the student exemption. I don’t think Weekly Book Scan readers would appreciate hearing about the same three books 52 times over the next year.
Still, I did recently purchase three large books I’ve been meaning to read, but put off because I hadn’t yet made the time. Maybe these three books could hold me through to November 2013, if I could just pretend I was stranded on a desert island with no nearby library.
How about you? Would you consider trying Brogan’s challenge? If you could only read three books for the next year, what would they be and why?