In 2013 I came upon a stark thought of thinking there's a chance I would not live to read all of the great works history and modern times have to offer me. Therefore, I've somewhat attempted to thrust myself into productivity in regards to reading. Coming from being a total non-reader, this has been a somewhat challenge for me. For the majority of my life I've only read books that were either instructed in class, or would pick up a book of interest to the tune of once or twice a year.. and even then with no guarantee of my finishing them. Nevertheless, I've started reading in this latter half of 2013; beginning with Jared Diamond's Collapse which was 500+ pages and honestly took some time to go through all those pages, especially considering it was one of those books where they seem to purposely fit more lines of text to save pages. I've also a few books here and there, all with practical purposes. I've not jumped into fictions this year, considering i'm yearning to seek valuable tips and insight in a host of endeavors; but that isn't to say I don't have fictions in an ongoing reading list. I heavily intend on reading classic works as well, though once i'm settled into my own apartment and have work going on the right track. Still, reading seems to be the big topic and first and foremost am glad that I've slowly been reducing my 5+ hours a day of just browsing the web with hours of reading. Whether it be iBooks on my Mac, iBooks on iPhone while on the go, physical books which I truly feel has been a more intimate experience as opposed to buying the same book via iBooks; though iBooks does has the great advantage of taking notes and highlighting, with the disadvantage of not easily exporting all these notes into PDF files or elsewhere. Hoping there are many here who read, i'm wondering what are practical tips and insight you may offer a beginning hardcore reader, me, who has well over 100+ titles of books in my reading list and hoping to get through them, without rushing through them, ya know? Some books are easy reads, like Suze Orman's Steps to Financial Freedom; while others like War & Peace are super dense to the point it's taken the wind out of my sails in wanting to read. Rather than guiding this thread, I'll see where fellow readers will take it.