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22 September 2018


This woman reads 100 books in a month

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Meet Therese, she’s a business development manager living in Berlin, Germany. Last month, she managed to read over 100 nonfiction titles in psychology, politics and leadership. It started with a bet.

Axar.az reports citing Blinkist Magazine.

A colleague challenged her to read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story Of Success in two hours. As determined as she was, she couldn’t meet the deadline. She got through the first few chapters relatively quickly but found it impossible to finish the book in the designated 2 hours.

Although she lost the bet, she had an idea. She found several websites, blogs and apps that transform books into ‘bite-sized’ content. In the end, she opted for the Blinkist app. As one of the first services to condense nonfiction books into quick reads, the Blinkist app has 2,000+ bestselling nonfiction titles in its library (including Outliers: The Story of Success!). To produce quality insights from every book, she learned that they have over 100 literary experts hard at work. She was also convinced by the audio function which allowed her to listen to the learnings throughout her day. With this cool new sidekick, Therese set a new goal for herself – she would read the key insights from 100 books in just one month.

Read all about her experience in her own words below! How many titles did you read in total? 102 to be exact. It might sound like a lot, but the Blinkist packs take only 10-15 minutes to read. I read roughly 3 titles a day, mostly during commutes.

Who is your favourite author? That’s a tough one. I really enjoyed Dale Carnegie’s books, they’re all self-help classics. Richard Dawkins’ books about the human race are also very interesting.

But I’m going to settle on Dan Ariely. His book Predictably Irrational on human behaviour has given me the best insights for my job yet. Would you recommend doing this challenge? Yes! I used to burn a lot of time on social media and Netflix.

My job is exhausting, by the time I leave work, my brain is pretty much useless. Reading a book on the Blinkist app, however, is like a snack for my brain. I’m able to get the main learnings from a 400-page book in minutes. I’m happy that I’m doing something productive with my time. Every day, I wake up wiser than the day before.

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2018.07.03 / 15:58
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