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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason Crawford (jasonpatrickcrawford) | 591 comments So.

President Theodore Roosevelt is well known for his reading. He is documented as reading at least one book a day, before breakfast. In the evening, he would read another two or three, plus any magazines or whatnot that he was interested in. According to his own accounts, he read over 10000 books in his lifetime.

...Now. How many people feel like, "Damn, I wish I could read more, but I just don't have time!" This guy was President of the United States, but he still found time to read. It makes all those excuses feel dirty and sooty in my mouth.

So.

As of yesterday, I'm taking up Mr. Roosevelt's challenge. I'm going to read a book a day, every day, no matter what. Who's willing to join me?


message 2: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 506 comments Even if I wanted to, there's no way I could read a book a day unless I'd read all day and even then.

My eReader gives me an average of 8 to 10 hours to finish a book, 6 if it's a shorter one. So yeah, I read every day, but a book a day? No way. And I don't want to confine myself to short stories either. :/


message 3: by Jason (new)

Jason Crawford (jasonpatrickcrawford) | 591 comments That's okay. I think as long as you're reading something (and not for work purposes or whatnot, not like manuals or emails), then it should count. This isn't about reading speed, it's about committing to doing something that we often shove aside in favor of "other things."


message 4: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 506 comments Ah well then I'm all in. I shove everything else aside just to read so it won't be a chore. ;)


message 5: by Jason (new)

Jason Crawford (jasonpatrickcrawford) | 591 comments Great! I need to do this for myself because I've been finding it hard to "make time" to read, but I know I should and I love doing it. But having friends join in makes it even better!


message 6: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 1398 comments Mod
Wow...Teddy Roosevelt makes me look like a sissy. I'm like I can finish a book in a few months never mind a day. Kudos to him.


message 7: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Does reading a couple books once count? I have 3 books going at once on a regular basis and I flip back and forth depending on what I'm in the mood for. I can't read just one book anymore. I've been doing this for so many years now- a book from library, a book on my kindle, a book on my nook and a book on iBooks. I usually finish 2 books in little over a week. So if that's ok I will join you too:)


message 8: by Jason (new)

Jason Crawford (jasonpatrickcrawford) | 591 comments Yay! The trick is to finish something daily- it can be a chapter, an article, a book. I just want us (in general) to stop making excuses about why we "can't read." So, welcome!


message 9: by Lily (new)

Lily Vagabond (lilyauthor) But... I can't read, I'm wroking on a graphic novel...

Hah! Not an excuse, just a fact. I think this is a nice idea. The Roosevelt Chalenge?


message 10: by Jason (new)

Jason Crawford (jasonpatrickcrawford) | 591 comments Yeah. On FB and Twitter I have it marked as the #teddyrooseveltreadingchallenge :)


message 11: by Lily (new)

Lily Vagabond (lilyauthor) Perfect!


message 12: by Jason (new)

Jason Crawford (jasonpatrickcrawford) | 591 comments It has an official FB page now: https://www.facebook.com/teddyrooseve...

If you want to join in, come on by!


message 13: by Lily (new)

Lily Vagabond (lilyauthor) Neat, I'll check that out.


message 14: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 1398 comments Mod
To-Read and Teddy Roosevelt both have TR...coincidence?


message 15: by Jenn (new)

Jenn I don't use Facebook, is that where the challenge is?


message 16: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha Vohn Am I a complete pessimist for being skeptical of this claim? An entire novel a day? Before Breakfast? Is this humanly possible? I mean, how fast do you have to be reading?

Kudos to Jason; it's a cool challenge :0)

Meanwhile, I have jealous vision of those tacky 80's movies where Johnny-5 read novels in about 15 seconds.

If only.


message 17: by Jason (new)

Jason Crawford (jasonpatrickcrawford) | 591 comments haha! That would be funny :)

Roosevelt was definitely a speed-reader. There are documented claims about how fast he could read. Yes, it has to be fast :)

I know I can read a short-ish (60-70k) novel in about 2-3 hours. If he got up early just for that, it wouldn't be impossible.


message 18: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha Vohn I'm jealous :0)


message 19: by Jenn (new)

Jenn I used to be able to read a book a day before I had kids lol. Now I can read 2-3 books in a week.


message 20: by Lily (new)

Lily Vagabond (lilyauthor) I can be a speed reader when I feel like it and it's a really good story. 4 hours max to read a novel. I tend to get annoyed or dragged down if I can't speed read, but that's my issue, not the author. So, yeah, I believe it.


message 21: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 506 comments Lily wrote: "I can be a speed reader when I feel like it and it's a really good story. 4 hours max to read a novel. I tend to get annoyed or dragged down if I can't speed read, but that's my issue, not the auth..."


I'm the opposite. I won't speed read if I love the story. I'll read non stop until I'm done maybe but I enjoy every scene.

On the other hand, if I dislike a book but want to know what happens still, then I'll skim through it and read only what seems important.


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