I’ve Read 8 Books in 3 Weeks

And I’m just getting started!

Brian Tubbs


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Have you started your reading goals for 2024? You do have reading goals, right?

If not, then (as soon as you’re done with this article), you need to set some. You need to decide what books you want to read for 2024.

Don’t think you have time to read? Well, that’s why I wrote this article. I want to encourage you.

I’m a husband, father (granted, my kids are grown — but I’m still involved in their lives), pastor (that’s more than 40 hours a week if you don’t know), brother/cousin/nephew/uncle/friend/etc. (and my family and friends like me to chat with me sometimes), homeowner (with all the responsibilities that entails), part-time writer, and reader.

With everything going on in my life, it’s hard sometimes to carve out time for the latter two items. Some days, it’s almost impossible. But…

I make it a priority.

When I have downtime, I choose to read over watching TV. I would rather read than aimlessly scroll social media on my phone. And when I’m waiting around with not much to do (like, say, at the doctor’s or dentist's office), I have my phone or iPad handy — with my Kindle app loaded up with lots of books.

I make the time — even if it’s just 10 minutes here, 30 minutes there, 5 minutes later — and I seize opportunities when I can.

I also take advantage of my commuting time to listen to podcasts and sometimes books on audio.

As such…

This new year has just gotten underway and I’ve already read eight (8) books.

Well, technically, I’ve read 35 books.

Wait! What?

Okay, let me explain. I started the year by reading the New Testament. That’s 27 books. Now, I won’t count 2 John, 3 John, and Jude as full books. They are like articles. Well, in actuality, they are (or were) short letters. Counting them as books wouldn’t be fair, but…

The Gospel of Luke certainly qualifies as a book in its own right. As does the Book of Acts. Arguably Matthew, John, and Romans should too.

But…I won’t push the point.