When a reporter suggested that Trump never reads a book, everybody had a comment ready why that is really bad.
At that time I realized that I don’t read books anymore. Of course I read, but mainly articles, essays, research and blogs related to my work. I read many books as child but somehow, in growing up, I lost that.
I was even defending my not-reading as being something good. Didn’t I learn faster from abstracts and experts summaries of complex topics? Why waste 10-15h on a book, when an infographic is giving me all I need?
You and I know that is just an excuse.
But what is the problem? In my case it turned out to be a lack of book-holding-time. Between family and work there was nearly no time to hold a book. All there was left, are the gaps between those activities. The 15 minutes to prepare breakfast, the 20 minutes walk to the office, the cab ride, the flights, …
Long story short, I am on my 31st book for 2018. Thanks to Audible and the AirPods I was able to get back into “reading”. I even finished an entire book (Shoe Dog about the Nike founder) while hiking with a friend thanks to the iPhone loudspeakers.
Reading an entire book gives a broader perspective than the abstract. You should sleep 7+ hours, but why? Benjamin Franklin was an inventor and travelling at light speed is not possible. Really? But most of all, it leaves a deeper impression, an emotional memory when you read an entire story. Try not to cry during the final race of The Boys in the Boat!
Now back to 31st about the Wright Brothers.