Can You Read One Book a Day for 30 Days?
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Can You Read 30 Books in 30 Days?

Over the next 30 days I want to help you read a book each day.

Can You Read One Book a Day for 30 DaysWe call this initiative the 30-Day Book Challenge and it’s an open invite to anyone who wants to get more reading done.

For each of the next 30 days, you’ll be challenged to read a book every day.

I’ll show you how easy it is using the RSVP method using AccelaReader.

Updated: 1/1/2017

This means you’ll be reading a book while the words are blinking at you on the computer screen or any other digital device you have.

We originally introduced this challenge in 2012, and recorded video tutorials with guidance on speed reading the classics. You can watch all of the videos below.

This past October I took on the challenge again, and posted all of the books on our Facebook page just in case you’re looking for 30 books every well-rounded person should read.

How Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) Works

As you can see, you can simply watch videos for each of the 30 books listed below to get your reading done. AccelaReader is a powerful tool that will strengthen your ability to pick up groups of words more effectively while reading faster.

RSVP is meant to help you read faster on the screen, and the technique transfers back to the printed page to make reading a lot more fluid and effortless for you.

This is just one way you can learn to read faster, and it’s impactful to have a foundational understanding of the most important speed reading concepts. You might even take it a step further by learning the advanced speed reading techniques with guided training.

30-Day Book Challenge

Day 1: Animal Farm by George OrwellSpeed Read 128 Pages in 60 Minutes
Day 2: A Christmas Carol by Charles DickensSpeed Read 110 Pages in 57 Minutes
Day 3: The Richest Man in Babylon George S. ClasonSpeed Read 128 Pages in 80 Minutes
Day 4: The Metamorphosis by Franz KafkaSpeed Read 102 Pages in 44 Minutes
Day 5: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollSpeed Read 134 Pages in 53 Minutes
Day 6: Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis CarrollSpeed Read 130 Pages in 59 Minutes
Day 7: The Prince by Niccolo MachiavelliSpeed Read 164 Pages in 100 Minutes
Day 8: Heart of Darkness by Joseph ConradSpeed Read 144 Pages in 77 Minutes
Day 9: A Death in Venice by Thomas MannSpeed Read 92 Pages in 52 Minutes
Day 10: The Call of the Wild by Jack LondonSpeed Read 99 Pages in 64 Minutes
Day 11: Of Mice and Men by John SteinbeckSpeed Read 116 Pages in 60 Minutes
Day 12: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeSpeed Read 71 Pages in 52 Minutes
Day 13: The Pearl by John SteinbeckSpeed Read 100 Pages in 53 Minutes
Day 14: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest HemingwaySpeed Read 128 Pages in 53 Minutes
Day 15: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldSpeed Read 218 Pages in 99 Minutes
Day 16: Anthem by Ayn RandSpeed Read 104 Pages in 65 Minutes
Day 17: The Time Machine by H.G. WellsSpeed Read 128 Pages in 65 Minutes
Day 18: Farenheit 451 by Ray BradburySpeed Read 179 Pages in 92 Minutes
Day 19: Peter Pan by J.M. BarrieSpeed Read 178 Pages in 95 Minutes
Day 20: The Sorrows of Young Werther by GoetheSpeed Read 124 Pages in 85 Minutes
Day 21: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeSpeed Read 224 Pages in 110 Minutes
Day 22: Lord of the Flies by William GoldingSpeed Read 248 Pages in 123 Minutes
Day 23: The Stranger by Albert CamusSpeed Read 154 Pages in 72 Minutes
Day 24: Frankenstein by Mary ShelleySpeed Read 256 Pages in 150 Minutes
Day 25: The Turn of the Screw by Henry JamesSpeed Read 122 Pages in 85 Minutes
Day 26: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American SlaveSpeed Read 101 Pages in 82 Minutes
Day 27: Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich NietzscheSpeed Read 194 Pages in 126 Minutes
Day 28: Hunger by Knut HamsunSpeed 158 Pages in 121 Minutes
Day 29: Herland by Charlotte Perkins GilmanSpeed Read 146 Pages in 105 Minutes
Day 30: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. WellsSpeed Read 209 Pages in 87 Minutes

How to Read a Book a Day

The videos above will help you speed read a book a day at 500 words per minute (WPM), which is about 2.5 times faster than the average reading speed (200 WPM).

If you feel like 500 WPM is too fast, I still recommend trying it out at that speed. You might be surprised at how much you’ll comprehend, and even if you don’t get a full understanding it’s a good way to practice if you want to train yourself as a speed reader.

The average American reads one book per year. If you’re college educated, that number only goes up to 1.5 books a year. If you’re looking to change your life and get a competitive advantage in your professional career, you need to start reading more.

Most people don’t read enough because they feel like they don’t have enough time, and many people view reading as a laborious task. But if you learned to read faster without sacrificing comprehension, you can create that extra time for yourself.

So for each of the next 30 days, I’m challenging you to read a book a day by watching the videos at the links I posted above. You can read these books or you can choose to read your own. Regardless, I invite you to take on this challenge and join me in reading 30 books in 30 days.

You can keep track of your progress by bookmarking this page: 30-Day Book Challenge(Press Ctrl + D or ⌘ + D on Mac)

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to view all of the new books we’re reading, especially if you want some great book recommendations.

Let us know which books you’ll be speed reading in the comments section below. Thanks!


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Paul is the founder of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading and memory courses. His workshops have been taught to thousands of students and professionals worldwide at institutions that include: NASA, Google, HSBC and many Fortune 500 companies.

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  • Susan Runholt

    I’ve had my hands full since the holidays, but I’ll join as of today. Can’t promise to get through all of the books–out of town a long weekend in mid-January, but I need this desperately! I’ll also join the FB community later today.

  • ahmed magdy

    Great work, paul. Challenge accepted though it is the last week before the finals.

  • Valerie

    This is such a great idea! I’m going to start today!

  • AUC

    I will definitely try, i would like to join on Day 7 for The Prince by Nicholas Machiavelli.
    How can i read other books

  • Carol Crichton

    I’ll be reading the books on your list. Thanks for the challenge !!

  • Ilona

    Please let me know how I can read the book of my choice. I would like to read the book from Kindle
    Thank you

  • Pallabi

    It’s a brilliant idea and a great way to start this year. Kudos to the team! Please do inform us when the app is available offline.

  • Dave

    Wow! For the first time I actually now believe speed reading works. Just read Ch 1 of Lord of the Flies and set myself little test to see how the comprehension went – super results. Great website and fab idea with the 30 books in 30 days.

    • Paul Nowak, Founder

      Hi David,

      Thanks for the great feedback! Glad to hear you were able to read Chapter 1 at 500wpm with strong comprehension. Keep up the great work and let us know if you have any questions!

      Best regards,


  • Sheri

    Hi there,
    I love this!
    I have taken the Iris course so this is, also, a great way to stay tuned up. I have a question: is the accelareader tool available offline? I’d love to be able to use it on the subway?

    • Paul Nowak, Founder

      Hi Sheri!

      Glad to hear you like our new initiative :-)

      Currently, AccelaReader does not work offline, but we’re working on it.

      We’ll let you know when it’s available for offline use (we’ll send an email out and will also make sure there is some messaging on the site.

      Have a great weekend!


  • Jean-Pierre

    What an awesome idea. I’ve been looking for a way to ingrain better reading habits. Thanks for the idea and the app.

    • Paul Nowak, Founder


      Yes, this is definitely a good way to ingrain some more efficient reading habits. Thanks for your comment.


  • Winston

    Excellent Idea! thank you Paul and your great team!

    • Paul Nowak, Founder

      Thanks Winston! This will be a good chance for all of us to catch up on the classics!

      We’re on day 7/30 tomorrow… reading: “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli.

      Have a great week!