7. Schedule reading time every day and then stick to it. For me it’s going to be in the mornings and the evenings. I’ll take a half hour in the mornings before I start my PJ editing routine and strive to find the minimum two excerpts for the day. (So that’ll usually be reading at 5:30 AM in the mornings, hoping to catch a nice sunrise, which I like to feature on Instagram too.) Then my evening reading can have more freedom across subjects since I will have already found my two excerpts for the day.
8. Switch from reading the Bible just on Sundays to every day. When? I have decided that the first and last book I will read each day will be the Bible. With the free Bible app on my iPad this should be simple enough to remember.
I don’t mean to argue for this to try and sound pious, holier-than-thou, or like some Bible-thumping social conservative anachronism. I just want to understand the ideas of the Bible — the book that has most shaped Western Civilization — and consider them in juxtaposition with my daily readings.
Now that I’ll read the Bible daily this opens up my Sunday history readings for a second book. I’m going to strive to read more books about war, starting with Logan Beirne’s Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency, which I started recently and am enjoying. This should fit well alongside my study of all of Paul Johnson’s histories, starting with A History of the American People and then A History of the Jews.