When I was a child, my grandparents created a monster. . .
See, over the summer, they paid us by the hour to read. Incentives are powerful stuff and I spent my summers devouring books voraciously. I loved stories so much I wanted to become one.
The habits we form in childhood endure. Grandma and Grandpa's Summer Reading Program produced a young adult with some spooking money spending habits (sadly, the real world doesn't pay you to read), but who loved books all the same.
Last year I read 75 books, so this year I am shooting for 125 to reach my goal of 200 books in 2 years.
The four books that I most commonly recommend are:
1) The Power of Now (the last 2/3s are the best part, skip the first 1/3)
2) The Art of Possibility
3) Daring Greatly
4) The Upside of Stress
No, I love writing in my books so I have an Amazon book buying problem instead. I call myself an accidental librarian, because my friends will stop by my house and check out a book from the overflowing bookcase in my room. I encourage people to write in my books, because I love the idea of a book growing with annotations as each person reads them
200 books is an audacious number that I chose because it would give me a good kick in the rear. I probably won't reach this number, but I am more likely to push myself to read with a reach goal than an easily attainable goal.
I use GoodReads.com to track my books- it is great because it is synced up to my Amazon account. Feel free to add me!