First aired on
Fresh Air (01/30/11)
David Michael Lamb wanted to give himself a challenge.
"Ever since leaving university roughly 10 or 12 years ago, I've wanted to read more books," he told Fresh Air host Mary Ito recently. "And you have great intentions, the best of intentions, but then the book sits on page one for years."
This year, he's decided to change all of that. Lamb has set himself a goal of reading 52 books in one year — roughly one per week.
For Lamb, a lot of the appeal of reading so many books is the opportunity it provides to approach material from a bit of a different perspective.
"I'm a news journalist, so a lot of the stuff that I read in my job is, frankly, pretty shallow," Lamb said. "It's wire service stories. It's newspaper stories. [...] It's learning briefly about something and then moving on to the next thing."
A book, on the other hand, requires immersion and focus. It's about peering deeply into a subject and staying with it for a long time.
A senior news producer at CBC Radio, Lamb admits that the double whammy of work and family life might make this a bit more difficult than it was in university. Keeping on top of it will be a challenge, but he's determined to be diligent.
Lamb has got off to a good start on the project. Four weeks in, he's already read six books.
You can follow his progress at his blog.
How many books do you read each year? Would you ever consider setting a similar goal?