My Daily Reading List: An Update

I read a lot. In fact, much of my day is spent reading: news, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and—my favorite—books. All in all, I probably invest two hours a day reading. My theory (not original) is that “leaders read and readers lead.”

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I generally divide this into two blocks: I typically read for about an hour when I first wake up. I then read for another hour after dinner, before I go to bed.

I am often asked what is on my daily reading list. First, there are several things I read via my Web browser. These are things I don’t like to read via an RSS feed. They include:

By the way, these are all stored in a Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar in a subfolder called “Daily.” When I am ready to plow through my daily reading, I click on the list and select “Open in Tabs.” Each URL is then opened in a separate tab.

My Daily Reading List in Chrome

I spend no more than 30 minutes on this reading list. I force myself to read fast. Sometimes, I can do it in 20 minutes. If an article looks like it will take longer, I save it in Evernote in a notebook called, “Read Later.”

When I finish my web list, I go to my list of RSS feeds. I am currently using Reeder, which syncs with Google reader. I love the interface. I can access it any where: on my Mac or my iPhone. (It is also available for iPad.) Also, the developer just recently added Evernote integration. He plans to add Buffer integration. (If you are not using Buffer for Twitter, you must!)

As of today, I track about 235 feeds, but here are some of the more interesting ones:

Blogging:

Business

Christian

Design

Leadership

Productivity

Publishing and Writing

Technology

(Please forgive me if I overlooked your blog. I intentionally did not include bloggers who don’t post on at least a weekly basis.)

In the evening, I try to read books. I am usually reading more than one. It might be a biography, a business book, or a book on theology—or all three. But that’s a subject for another post. (Here are some of my favorites.)

Question: What’s on your daily reading list?
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  • http://www.seedmin.com James Castellano

    The two daily devotions:
    Leadership Promises, John Maxwell
    Everything Counts, Steve Case

    Blogs:
    Michael Hyatt
    Ron Edmondson
    Rachelle Gardner
    Ed Cyzewski
    1 to 1 Media.com

    Books I am reading:
    Writing Well, William Zissner
    The Art of Creative Nonfiction, Lee Gutkind
    Drive, Daniel Pink (nook)
    The Land Between, Jeff Marion (nook)

    As for news sources, I don't spend much if any time there.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great. Thanks for sharing this. I hope to find some nuggets Here!

      • Tina

        Hi Michael,

        Help!  You posted something the other day that was a guest post.  Can’t seem to locate this regarding resources for  marketing. If you still have on file would you kindly e-mail to me.
        Mainelobbyist@aol.com  Thank you …

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tina-Pelletier-Soucie/1208560967 Tina Pelletier Soucie

          Michael,
          You can scratch the previous blogg.  I have found the source of the marketing strategies that I was looking for.  This is excellent info on how to create your own business online.  If you would like the info, I certainly don’t mind forwarding to you.  Let me know… and by the way, I love reading your posts!  Keep it coming.. 

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      daily Devotions-John Maxwell,  Oswald Sanders
      Blogs- Michael Hyatt, Ron Edmondson, Mitchell Joe, and many others
      Books-Jolt, Quitter, Drive, Tell to Win

      news–as much as I can.

    • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com Patricia Zell

      Writing Well was a huge help to me when I first began writing.

  • http://www.allhandsondeckbook.com Joe Tye

    Another great leadership blog is "Work Matters" by Bob Sutton (author of "The No Asshole Rule") at http://bobsutton.typepad.com/.

    Joe Tye

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I just added this blog. It does look good. Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for mentioning this blog.  I read the book a while back and picked up some great stuff.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Bob sutton gives simple but powerful principles through his blog

  • http://conthis.blogspot.com Joe Sewell

    I don't have much to add to your reading list, in part due to your rule about eliminating blogs that don't post on a weekly basis.

    Maybe we just use feed readers differently, but what's the harm in having an infrequent blog as part of your list? OK, if you read blog-by-blog, you'll have "blank spots" in that list, but if you read by folder (as Google Reader and the Palm webOS clients for it allow), you'll never see the gaps, until that one time when it comes out of the blue and I say, "cool, I'm glad to read that."

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I probably wasn’t clear: I have plenty of infrequent blogs in my reader. (I only listed about 50 out of the 235 I track.) However, I did not recommend them here unless they posted more frequently.

      • http://conthis.blogspot.com Joe Sewell

        Ah. That makes sense.

      • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

        That is a lot of Blogs. Wow, How do you keep track?

        Jim

  • http://www.kathyfannon.com Kathy

    Thank you for sharing your reading list, Michael. I did wonder what you read since you mention it once in awhile on Twitter. I've found some great stuff through the links you've shared and really appreciate it.

    I'm in school to become a Health Counselor, so most of what I read on a daily basis is in regards to nutrition or cooking. Some of my favorite blogs or websites are:

    Healthy Endeavors with Wendy Battles
    101cookbooks
    Enlightened Cooking
    Eating Bird Food
    (never)homemaker
    The Broccolit Hut
    Sachiko in Osaka (a fellow student who lives in Japan)
    Diary of a Dreamer with Pastor Julian Newman
    Michael Hyatt, of course!

    I was thinking about you last night and how peaceful your tweets and blogs always are. You are a joy to follow. Have a fabulous day!

    • http://www.kathyfannon.com Kathy

      Whoops…Broccoli Hut.

  • http://www.godhungry.org Jim Martin

    Mike, the two blogs that I don't miss are:

    *Michael Hyatt
    *Scot McKnight (Jesus Creed)
    *Globe and Mail (Often find some real nuggets here)

  • ronedmondson

    I'm honored to be on your list…and you gave me a few new ideas. Thanks!

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      You are always welcome Ron! You really make some fantastic ideas in yor blog. I am learning a lot from it.

  • http://www.godhungry.org Jim Martin

    Sorry–that last comment got away from me. In addition to the blogs I mentioned, I like the newspaper Globe and Mail. Often some very good human interest stories as well as perspectives on the culture.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Thanks for sharing, Mike. I have a similar list with many of the same sites on them.

    Some of my favorites that aren't on your list are…

    Better Closer by Bill Rice (Sales blog)
    The Sales Blog by Anthony Iannarino (Great Selling Tips and Motivation)
    Liz Strauss (Social Media.. Co-founder of SOBCON)
    Dumb Little Man (Productivity and Personal Development)
    Six Minutes by Andrew Dlugan (Great Resource for Speakers)
    Phil Gerbyshak (Social Media and one helpful guy!)
    Rosa Say (Management and Leadership)
    Daniel Decker (Leadership)

    I agree with you that Google Reader is a great way to get content fast. I have made a note of a few sites on your list that I had not heard of. It's always great to find a new source of inspiration.

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      John,

      Thank you for sharing your list.

      Jim

  • http://keithjennings.typepad.com/keitharsis Keith Jennings

    Blogs (not included on your list):

    Kevin Kelly's The Technium
    David Meerman Scott's Web Ink Now
    Hugh MacLeod's Gapingvoid
    Sasha Dichter's blog (Acumen Fund)
    Steven Pressfield's blog
    John Jantsch's Duct Tape Marketing
    Harvard Business Review's blog
    The Society Pages (.org)
    Alan Webber's Rules of Thumb

    I also read feeds from various news, literary and poetry outlets, as well.

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Keith,

      This is a good list. I had not heard of some of these.

      Jim

  • http://www.patalexander.com PatAlexander

    As usual I pick up tips and tools from your personal posts. I am now checking out Instapaper and setting up Google Shared Items. I am really excited about being able to send items to my Kindle via Instapaper. I'll be checking this out later today. Thanks for sharing.

  • aftermath

    Micheal, I've always wondered: How do you read?

    I understand that's a simple question that is impossible to answer precisely, but an accurate answer will suffice (I'm differentiating between “precision” and “accuracy” like a statistician would). When you read, are your eyes simply flying across a page, and that's all? Do you ponder as you read, or you do stop reading to focus on thinking? Do those pensive pauses tend to be very brief or rather long? Do you ever re-read passages over and over, or do you just make a single pass? Are you taking lots of notes or highlighting? Hopefully, you can see what I'm getting at without more prompts, and I realize that answers to questions like these are all conditioned on contexts such as what you're reading, why you're reading, and when you're reading. Still, a little extra insight into how you read would scratch an itch that's been nettling me for some time.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      What a great question!

      The short answer is: it depends. With the news and my RSS feeds, I am mostly scanning. I read quickly and don’t really stop to reflect (that comes later). I am just looking for raw input.

      However, when I read books, I read much more slowly. I highlight. I write notes. And if the book is really important, I write up a one-page “net out” (a technique I learned from Regi Campbell). I occasionally go back and re-read great books. I sometimes even teach them.

      Hope that helps.

      • Chris Patton

        Could you elaborate on your one-page "net out"? I am assuming you complete a one-page summary of what you gleaned from the book – the key take-aways. If that is true, could you share an example or two? Do you have a template that you start with? I am very interested in doing the same thing…have often thought about it, but did not really know how to start.

        Thanks for your help!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I will likely do this in a future blog post. It’s a great idea. Thanks.

          • Anonymous

            Hi Michael,

            Did you ever write the blog post mentioned in the above comment. It would be great to read more about your approach re a one page “net out”.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Yes, I did. It’s called, “How to Retain More of What You Read.”

      • http://bit.ly/brandonrobbins Brandon Robbins

        Is the scanning method what allows you to follow so many blogs without feeling overwhelmed, like you constantly have to read everything entirely & process it? I have over 200 in my reader. I would like to keep up better & be more systematic about what I follow & read. I feel like I’m just here, there & everywhere trying to keep up. What would you recommend? Should I employ more of the scanning method, instead of trying to read everything in its entirety, or slimming down my list to the basics, so it is more of a manageable size?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I would definitely employ the scanning method. Only read the posts that jump out and appeal to you.

          • http://bit.ly/brandonrobbins Brandon Robbins

            Great. Thanks, Mike. I will put it into practice!

  • jonwellman

    Daily reading…
    Bible (Prof. Horner reading plan via YouVersion)

    Current book…
    Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow

    Some of the blogs I follow…
    Albert Mohler
    Big Is the New Small
    CatalystSpace Catablog
    Chris Elrod
    ChurchCreate, ChurchCrunch, ChurchIT (8Bit Network)
    ChurchLeaders
    Ed Stetzer
    FlowerDust
    Gizmodo
    Human3rror
    John Stossel
    Kingdom People
    Moore to the Point
    Steven Furtick
    Perry Noble
    Stuff Christians Like
    Tony Morgan
    Without Wax
    … and you!
    http://jonwellman.wordpress.com – Not a Camouflaged Soul

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Thanks I just added some of these to my list!

      Jim

  • Dan

    I must say, your methods sound very robotic. I am amazed at your commitment to stay on track. For many, one obstacle is all it takes to derail their task but not you; you sound like a machine of efficiency.

    Dan Fuoco

    P.S. – I enjoy the daily posts and quite honestly, I don't recall HOW I stumbled upon your blog but I am glad I'm a subscriber.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Actually, once you set it up, it is not very robotic. You just indulge in the pleasure of reading and learning.

  • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

    I need to get back into Grisham. I haven’t read him for a while.

  • Ron Lane

    Thanks for this blog. I have a similar reading plan but I don't seem to read as often or as much as you do. I am building on it. Thanks for listing some of the things you read, I'm sure that we can all add to our lists.

  • http://www.marydemuth.com marydemuth

    How sweet to be mentioned, Mike! Thanks so much. I read your blog daily too. So helpful and interesting!

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  • http://metropolitanmama.net Stephanie

    Very insightful. Thank you for sharing this [updated] list.

    Question for you: Do you comment on the blogs that you read or do you choose to limit your time exclusively to digesting the content?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I do occasionally comment.

  • jg75

    This is a very helpful post for streamlining my online reading. Thanks!

  • http://www.abasketcase.com/ Allison Beckett

    One of the best books I have read this year was Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs! What a great book! Highly recommended

  • ginidietrich

    Like you, I spend a couple of hours every day reading (thankfully I HAVE to for part of my job). And people always ask me the very question people have asked you here…how do you do it? I have to admit that I was not a fan of RSS feeds until I got the iPad. Now, with Google Reeder (the app for the iPad), I can scroll through blogs, articles, and papers with great purpose from anywhere…including while getting my fingernails painted. I find I read much more now because of that little tool.

  • http://www.missioncommand.org.uk Pete J

    Great post and insightful list. Couldn't agree more with the basic premise – leaders have duty to continue their professional development.

    After all, leadership isn't an amateur sport!

  • http://christianinternetradio.myradiotoolbar.com Jake Johnson

    Thanks! You turned me on to some new blogs here. I always find it fascinating how others browse the web. I actually do a similar thing with my Bookmarks in FireFox.

  • http://www.danielharkavy.com Daniel Harkavy

    Hey Mike, I am honored to have made your list! Thanks for sharing this with us. I will add a few of them to my list as well. I look foward to our time together next week!

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  • Greg

    I would like to suggest a few for you:

    Technology
    Wired Blog: http://www.wired.com/blogs/

    Christian Blogs
    Internet Monk: http://www.internetmonk.com/
    The Gospel Coalition: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/
    Redeemer City to City: http://redeemercitytocity.com/blog/?navigation=2

    Christian Pop Culture
    Relevant Magazine: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/

    News
    Faith Telegraph Christian News and Missions News: http://www.faithtelegraph.com/
    Drudge Report: http://www.drudgereport.com/
    Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/top-stories
    Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/

    Book Forum/Discussions
    Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Greg,

      I had forgot about Reuters. Thank you

      Jim

  • Gammell

    A small tip regarding your !Daily bookmarks folder: If you always or almost always use "Open in Tabs" for that folder you can set Safari to do that in one click by enabling the "Auto-Click" checkbox in Safari's bookmarks organizer. You can still get at the individual items if you want to with a Command-Click or Center Button Click on the folder in your bookmarks bar. If you don't turn on the "Auto-Click" function then a Command-Click or Center Button Click on the folder in your bookmarks bar will instantly activate "Open in Tabs".

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Very cool. I wasn’t aware of this. I am now using it.

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  • http://mystrengthmyportion.blogspot.com Ryan Bilello

    Check out dougfranklinonline.com My boss’s blog on all things leadership in student ministry.

    **FYI the link to Donald Miller’s blog takes you to a goofy page. You may want to update that.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I just checked the link to Don Miller’s page. It is the correct one. The problem must be on his end. Sorry about that.

  • http://www.idoinspire.com Jody Urquhart

    Thank you for your list, i will check some of these out too. i especially like your methodical way of going through blogs,commenting, saving etc.
    I read huffington post, i go direct to their site and anything interesting i will comment on. I like fortune and fast company too.

  • Anonymous

    This is a great list for getting started. The link for “Blogging Pro” is broken (need to remove the characters after the last “/”). I love getting your updates in my e-mail. I’ll need to make sure I include you in my newly refreshed Google Reader list (i.e. you’re not listed in your list!).

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for alerting me to this. I have fixed the broken link.

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  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    I divide my Google Reader in several sections: Atheism, Blogging, Christianity and Theology, Economics, Friends, Leadership, Personal Interest, and Politics.

    • http://www.facebook.com/josephmarkdoyle Joseph Mark Doyle

      @BobEwoldt:disqus  I would like to know what is included in Atheism & Christianity and Theology. 

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        Under “Atheism,” I follow: Atheism Revolution, Debunking Christianity, ExChristian.net, Friendly Atheist, No God Blog, Planet Atheism, Sam Harris, Skepchick, and The Atheist Experience.

        Under “Christianity and Theology,” I follow: Albert Mohler, Biblical Christianity, Blogging Theologically, Brad Lomenick, Challies, Church Leader Insights, ChurchLeaders.com, Daniel Darling, Denny Burk, Desiring God Blog, Ed Stetzer, Glocal Christianity, InternetMonk, Justin Taylor, Kevin DeYoung, Stuff Christians Like, and The Resurgence.

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    I also spend between 30 and 90 minutes per day reading one or two books that I’m reading.  Right now, I’m reading two books: “God is Not Great” (by Christopher Hitchens) and “The Making of An Atheist” (by James Spiegel).  I tend to rotate what I’m reading between the four categories of my blog: Christianity, Economics, Leadership and Politics.

  • http://somersau.lt Jonathan Petersen

    Thanks for the update, Michael. You may be interested in SomersaultNOW, the online dashboard for publishing and marketing executives that provides links to RSS feeds from more than 300 sources (one of them is your own blog in the Publishing and the Leadership tabs). http://netvibes.com/somersault

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I will have to check that out. Thanks!

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Thank you Jonathan, I will check this out.

      Jim

  • Edgar

    Books: Just finished Poke the box by Seth Godin

    Reading:
    The Royal Path of Life 
    Sixteen Laws of Success Napolean Hill 1938 Version both of these can be downloaded via Archive.org

    Blogs

    Tim Sanders
    John Maxwell
    John Mauldin
    Darren Hardy :Publisher of Success Magazine
    Todd Duncan
    Bill Hart Building Champions Coach
    All of the Coaches Blogs at Building Champions Including Daniel Harkavy
    Seth Godin
    Jim Rohn
    Jon Gordon
    Keeping Current Matters
    Keith Ferrazzi
    Dan Poynter
    Tom Ferry 
    Real Age 
    Zone Diet
    Tom Antion
    Dave Ramsey
    Nick Morgan
    Chris Borgan
    Gaping Void
    Glenna Salsbury
    Sugarrae

    Magazines

    Success Magazine
    Kiplinger Magazine
    Forbes Magazine
    Selling Power
    Fast Company
    Inc
    Entrepreneur

    Websites:

    CNBC Diana Olick
    Briefing.com 
    Google News
    biblegateway.com daily reading plan
    rickwarren.com
    Economist.com
    businessweek.com
    housingwire.com

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great list. Thanks!

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Great list!!!!

      Jim

    • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

      Great list, Edgar!

  • Jared Hallal

    For me, it’s:
    • Bible
    • Twitter (which turns into various article)

    I need to add a good RSS list, and some of yours ALWAYS pop up on Twitter, so i might consider adding those to Google Reader.

    It takes about 30 minutes to get through my reading, and about another 30 to engage on Twitter and Facebook.

    Thanks for the post, Michael!

  • http://www.dwaynes--world.blogspot.com Dwayne Morris

    1) The Bible (just finished SOAPing through Daniel)
    2) http://www.memvese.com (neat tool that helps me memorize scripture)
    3) local newspaper website
    4) My current book (“Mentor Like Jesus”, Regi Campbell)

    • Anonymous

      I’ll bite.  What is SOAPing?

      • http://www.dwaynes--world.blogspot.com Dwayne Morris

        Karl:

        Thanks for asking! It’s a way to read scripture that really makes you eager to open the Bible. If you’ll allow me to post a link, it will take you to a video that I produced with some friends that explains everything. You don’t have to watch the entire thing, just the explanation at the beginning: http://dwaynes–world.blogspot.com/2011/02/soap-bible-study-method.html.

        Let me know if you want to discuss this an further!

        • Anonymous

          Thanks. I don’t have time to watch it today, but I’ll put it on my to-do list for early next week. Thanks again.

  • http://twitter.com/MusicPowerStrat MusicPoweredStrategy

    Thanks for sharing.  I’m always looking for good quality reads in many of the same categories !

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

    I downloaded Buffer. Looks very nice…thanks for the tip, Michael. I tried to get into Reeder, but its website didn’t do a good job explaining what it does. Not sure what the point is.

    BTW, I share Drudge, WSJ and the Bible as daily readings.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree with the Reeder website. I think he is trying to be a little too Zen. But I promise the app is worth it.

  • http://twitter.com/AmyHefferan Amy Hefferan

    Currently Reading:
    Get Blessed – Ben NaitokoUnder Cover – John BevereFight Like A Girl – Lisa Bevere101 Collection for leaders – JohnCMaxwellKissed the Girls and Made them Cry – Lisa BevereSons of Encouragement – Francine RiversNursing PharmacologyHuman Anatomy and Physiology

    All so look at:
    Twitter feed
    Michael Hyatt  Blog :)
    The Cathy Family blog (Chick – fil -A family)
    MarkandDebbie Holt -blog (decorating ideas).
    Minute with Maxwell
    Joyce Myers email updates

    I used to love reading as kid and would devour several books a day. As I got older and started Uni and work I discovered I wasn’t reading at all! I set myself a goal of one book a month (I exceed that most months). You have to be intentional about the things that matter!

    • Joe Lalonde

      Amy, congrats on picking reading back up. The same thing happened to me. During high school, I was reading quite a bit. Then I got a job and the reading fell off. Now I’ve picked my reading back up and am going through a couple of books a month. Now I just need a method to retain what I’m reading.

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    Insightful. Gives me some ideas of how to organize my first hour after I wake up. Love the idea of using Reeder and Chrome with bookmarks having it fly open to read without having to navigate around and find stuff. Time Saver!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It is simple, but it is a big time-saver for sure.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YWFOPRUNCR3C72QA6PWAUR74GI Blair

    As always, I have found your blog such a wealth of resources.  I am currently going through a few books:

    Prophets of War, an interesting book on the military industrial complex in America
    How I Kissed Dating Goodbye, a great read about Christian “dating”
    Crazy Love, a guide to owning up to your Christianity

    Your blog, as well as Seth’s Godin are also both on my list and I enjoy reading both.  I also get the daily post by military.com and dilbert. 

    Thanks for the ideas on new blogs to follow!!!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I should probably subscribe to Dilbert. I always get a laugh when I read it!

      • Anonymous

        Didn’t realize it was possible TO subscribe to Dilbert until reading this!  Oh, yes I did.

  • Jonathan Moore

    My reading list currently consists of “Run With the Horses”, Eugene Peterson–morning devotions.  I read Michael’s blog, ChurchLeaders.org blog, the WCA blog, and Ken Davis’s blog before going to work.  Because I drive a lot, I also listen to books and I am currently listening to “Washington”, Ron Chernow’s biography on the man’s life (excellent listen/read–I highly recommend for all leaders to get a copy and read/listen to it).  In the evening, I am currently reading “Confessions of a Reformission Rev” by Marc Driscoll.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I started reading Run with the Horses, but didn’t finish it. This is a good reminder to get back to it.

      • hudson5107

        I haven’t seen the daily devotional on Run With the Horses, but have the original book.
        I think it’s one of Peterson’s best. I’m also reading The Pastor by Peterson, BONHOEFFER by Eric Metaxes, and The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I also read “round robin” from Frank Laubach’s Letters from a Modern Mystic, Thomas Kelly’s Testament of Devotion, and Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God.

    • Anonymous

      Love the churchleaders.org site.  What’s your opinion of the Driscoll book?

      • Jonathan Moore

        I am only half way through, but I love his transparent honesty on his early failures and successes.  How he wrestled with  the early “emergent” leaders and their theology and how he knew he needed to separate himself from them has also been insightful.  What is very impressive is he is dedicated to expository preaching in a growing church in such a well known unchurched area when others would tell him it would never work.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for the input. I love hearing Mark speak (most of the time:-). I also am impressed with his dedication to expository preaching for at least an hour each message.

  • http://actjustlylovekindness.wordpress.com/ Doug

    I regularly read a few blogs: this one, Seth Godin, Beauty for Ashes by Mary Kathryn Tyson, HopefulLeigh by Leigh Kramer, among the first that stick out without looking at my list. These come by email, as well a Daily Scripture Reading sent out by the Canadian Bible Society. And I usually look at a daily Calvin and Hobbes email sent by GoComics

    I have a number of books in progress, Radical by David Platt; UnChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons; among the first that stick out in my memory. I have a couple that I looking forward to reading, including The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry (which I received through commenting here on you site. Thank You!!)

    The local news is not a regular read, but I do look at it regularly through my lens as a member of political party. I have Google alerts set up to give me links on subjects and people. Sometimes the links are relevant to the people I’m looking for, and sometimes not.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I read Unchristian last year. It was a real eye-opener!

      • Anonymous

        Have you read The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons?  It’s similar in scope to Unchristian.  I didn’t agree with all of his conclusions, but found his observations useful.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I have not, but I have it. Thanks.

      • http://bit.ly/brandonrobbins Brandon Robbins

        I read Unchristian earlier this year. It was absolutely incredible! Such great information there that definitely opened my eyes as well. Since then, as I plan & execute ministry initiatives, I keep the concepts from the book in mind & encourage others to do the same.

    • Anonymous

      Radical was life-changing for me.  I’m still trying to deal with the effects of reading it.

  • Joe Lalonde

    Michael, thanks for sharing your reading schedule and what you are reading. It’s always great to see what successful people are doing.

    Here’s my current reading schedule and list

    Morning – Devotionals and the Bible; Lunch – Business and personal development; Evening – Leadership, biography, etc…

    Morning:
    The Bible
    Rudder of the Day
    Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick BuechnerLunch:How To Win Friends and Influence PeopleEvening:Trust AgentsDriving:LinchpinBlogs I’m Subscribed To:Michael HyattArt of ManlinessFree Agent UndergroundCoach RadioDarren Hardy48 Days To The Work You LoveSocial TriggersBlogs I’m Looking Into:CopybloggerBarefoot TedBlogging Your PassionWrite To Be Done

    • Anonymous

      I’ve got to read Linchpin soon.  It’s a recurring theme on this site.

      • Joe Lalonde

        Karl, I’m really enjoying Linchpin.

        Seth has a lot of great insights into the world of work. One of the major points of the book is that everyone is a genius at one point or another. It’s really been hitting home with me and I need to change my thinking to that kind of mindset. I may not be a genius all the time, but I’m a genius part of the time.

        • Anonymous

          I’ve been reading some of his other works and I subscribe to his blog. It’s amazing how well he says so much in so little space.

    • Andrea

      I too have Linchpin in my bag, I bring it out when I’m waiting @ appointments, etc. I actually bought the hardback (normally I’m an avid reader on the iPad).

      Also, I’ve already jumped to see if I can find the blogs 48 days… and Blogging Your Passion.

      Cheers,

      andrea

    • hudson5107

      Love Frederick Buechner!

      • Joe Lalonde

        Thanks Hudson. This is my first time reading anything of his. He has some challenging excerpts in this book.

  • http://myunorderedthoughts.wordpress.com/ Katarina

    I listen to ( not read ) the bible

    Then i read a couple of blogs on my google reader ( i have 10 categories with about 5 blogs in each section ) . Since that’s a lot of blogs i read them piece meal through the day during my breaks starting with the ones i must read

    At night i also like to read actual books
    AM currently reading 

    1. Teaching Montessori in the home – the Preschool Years – Elizabeth.G.Hainstock
    2.Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles by Raymond Arroyo

  • Blaforce7

    Hi Michael, I am not a tech pro like you and I really need help to get all this stuff to sync between my computer and iphone3g. I need help with google. I cannot seem to find the right app on my phone to sync between it and my computer. To get to my google calendar on my computer I have to sign in with my e-mail and then my other e-mail and password! Isn’t there an easy way. I found bookmarks today and listed everything I read daily, but trying to access the list is very difficult because I have to open the bookmarks page, which doesn’t come up until I go through a whole mess of other stuff, then I can’t find it at all on my iphone. Any suggestions? Thanks, brother, I love your site and read it every day! God bless you! Bob LaForce

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Bob, I use the Reeder app on both my Mac desktop and my iPhone. If you signing with your Google Reader credentials, they will both remain in sync. I have written a post on how to setup your Google calendar on your iPhone. I would suggest you start there. Thanks.

  • http://daddybydefault.com Craig Grella

    Your level of efficiency is amazing, you would have made a good engineer. I too read everything in google reader and often use read it later for the longer articles. Articles that inspire some action on my part go into a folder called action, which I check a few times a day.
    I really enjoy reading and try to polish off two books a week, one of which is always a non fiction piece, like a business book, something about tech or politics. The other is usually a biography or a current novel., many of which I get using the kindle app for iPad. I get your feed on email, then I check a few blogs in the dad space, I get the NY times at home each day (I’m a new Yorker, but also think the writing is superior to other newspapers), I use google alerts for a few business related search terms that send me to various business sites, usually bloomberg, and then I round off the list by reading updated on open congress.com, a great new website with info on the daily happenings of our govt reps.

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    Michael, do you use Google Alerts at all?  I have a bunch of Google Alerts set up to deliver news to me.  This helps me to get news that I might be interested in (based upon a person or keyword) that I wouldn’t normally get from my normal news sources.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I do. I have alerts set for my name, Thomas Nelson, and a few competitors. I receive these via RSS feed. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I try to read the Bible early in the morning.  I prefer to use a print version, but sometimes rely on a mobile app or web browser.  I also subscribe to approximately 75 blogs using Google Reader.  Typically, I only read anywhere from 6-10 posts a day.  (Those headlines really are important.)  I also read 2-3 books a week.  I try to vary the content.  This week, I’m reading two older books: one by Francis Schaeffer and one by Charles Ryrie.  Both deal with spirituality.

  • http://brettcohrs.com Brett

    Yours, of course.

    Sales:
    http://www.thesalesblog.com  - Anthony Iannarino (great, practical, nuts & bolts stuff)
    http://www.yoursalesplaybook.com - Paul Castain

    Productivity/Lifestyle:
    http://www.zenhabits.net 
    http://www.mnmlist.com 

    Food/Health:
    http://www.ingredientsinc.net (Alison Lewis is like a healthy Paula Deen in this way: simple recipes, but less butter–very healthy, family friendly)

    Business/Lifestyle/Miscellany:
    http://www.12most.com

    Current books:
    The War of Art & Do the Work, Steven Pressfield
    The Accidental Creative, Todd Henry
    Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood–A little fiction to keep the other side of my brain active

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I used to read ZenHabits, but somehow it got deleted from my feeds. I have added it back. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    My daily reading list looks like this:

    TheResurgence
    The Gospel Coalition
    What’s Best Next
    Michael Hyatt
    Jeff Goins

    For any questions I have regarding my personal blog I visit StandardTheme, Copyblogger, Tentblogger, Problogger and WPBeginner.

    I haven’t yet begun to use a rss feed.  I typically go website to website.  Perhaps I could be more efficient. 

    • Anonymous

      Google Reader works great for me.  It doesn’t hurt that I use Gmail and Google Docs a lot.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      RSS will change your life. It will cut your reading time in half.

  • http://twitter.com/RookieWriter David Barry DeLozier

    Wow – what an awesome list! I will enjoy spending time this weekend visiting a number of these feeds.  As for me, I read the Bible, My Utmost for His Highest, Streams in the Desert, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants, and The Artist’s Way Every Day as part of early (5 a.m.) devotionals.  Read headlines online, skim local newspaper mid morning; read for pleasure mostly in the evenings, lots of trade magazines, fiction and non-fiction (currently reading Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me by Ian Cron – GREAT book).

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      I’m reading “Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me” too.  I agree with you… very good book.

  • T Blankenship

    I notice that you are reading ‘Younger Next Year’.  I finished this about 6 weeks ago and LOVED IT.  The style of writing is engaging, witty yet forceful.  The proof of the book’s power? I’ve been exercising 6 times a week since I read it and I quit eating crap.  ‘Nuff said!  I highly recommend the book.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I really enjoyed it too. It has made a big difference for me.

  • http://bobbymcgraw.com Bobby McGraw

    Thanks for this post. With so much information to consume, I find it helpful to know how other people group and tackle it!

  • http://dmbaldwin.wordpress.com/ Dave Baldwin

    Michael,
    What a challenging list. Intrigued that you are reading “Younger Next Year.” I read that book about 18 months ago and then at 59 years old it changed the way I lead my life. It’s not a Christian book by any means, but sure does wake you up when it comes to getting older. I thought the third thing that you need to do to stay younger next year was quite Christian. I won’t share what that is in case you’re not at that point in the book. The book did change my exercise routine for sure.
    I’m not insulted that you don’t read my blog on a regular basis. I don’t post weekly and I’m sure there’s tons better blogs out there that you can spend your time on. 
    Thank you for sharing yourself in this post. There are several of us in our office that read it faithfully and discuss what you’re writing about.
    Blessings,
    Dave

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    @jeffgoins and yourself are on my daily reading list. Right now I’m reading “Today We Are Rich,” which I won on your blog. That books has been INCREDIBLE! It will be one I plan to read every year. Every leader should read it for sure. Slowly processing through it so I don’t miss anything. 

  • http://chriscornwell.org Chris Cornwell

    in addition to many you listed here:

    Darrell Vesterfelt thisismethinking.com
    David Santistevan davidsantistevan.com
    Bryan Allain bryanallain.com
    Kenny Silva kennysilva.net

  • http://cynthiaherron.wordpress.com Cynthia Herron

    Daily Reading: my Bible and my fave blogs–Books and Such Literary Agency :), Michael Hyatt, & Rachelle Gardner’s. I do read the national newspapers (blech) because I find it necessary, but rarely on a daily basis anymore.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    I’m honored to be on your blog list, Michael. I really like exploring the comments on this post to see what your audience is actually reading on a daily basis. I find that a lot of my reading is Twitter driven. I have found some great material this way.

  • http://www.susiefinkbeiner.wordpress.com Susie Finkbeiner

    Great list!

    The blogs I frequent:

    Rachel Held Evans http://rachelheldevans.com/
    Novel Matters http://www.novelmatters.com/
    Confessions of a Funeral Director by Caleb Wilde http://www.calebwilde.com/

    Right now I’m reading “Speaking to the Dead” by Bonnie Grove. Highly recommended!

  • Danny

    Tim Sherfy’s “Even If I Walk Alone” blog is a must read for Christians!

    http://evenifiwalkalone.com/

  • Anonymous

    I daily spend time reading blogs and books. But have noticed I have been reading more blog post then books. I read on the topics of leadership, strengths, and writing. These are some areas of passion. I’m currently reading Lincoln On Leadership and Emotional Intelligence 2.0 

  • http://www.irunurun.com Travis Dommert

    I have never read a fraction of your consumption (impressive), but since putting it on my dashboard of key weekly actions, I’ve made some tremendous progress this year.

    My daily reading includes:

    * One day from The Daily Bible…it’s a chronological Bible, cover-to-cover in 365 days…yes, I’m behind, but I’ve never read 589 pages of the Bible in one decade, let alone 7 months!

    * 20 pgs of my current book.  At this rate, I finish a new book on avg every 2-3 weeks.   12 in the last 9 months.  It feels so great to have someone recommend a book and be able to either say, “Yes, I’ve read that” or “Great, I’ll read it”…and know that I’ll actually do it.

    A few recommendations from readings this year:
    * SPARK – study of exercise and the brain…fascinating, will make you want to run!
    * Rework – by 37 Signals…perfect advice for our accountability app work
    * Thinking for a Change – John Maxwell…timeless
    * Delivering Happiness – about Zappos…great story of a precarious startup gone right!
    * Ordering Your Private World – great habits for life
    * Principle of the Path – simple, sage advice
    * The Loyalty Effect – brilliant for thinking about people / customer strategies

    I will have to carve out time to get more current (and hip) with blog reading.  Right now this is the only one I read daily.  Thank you for the tip on Chrome…opening all the bookmarks in one shot.  Great tip!

  • Anonymous

    Great system. Have you looked at Instapaper for articles you want to read later? I’m also a heavy Evernote user, but Instapaper formats web pages for reading much better. It integrates with Reeder and has a setting to send articles you ‘like’ to Evernote for archiving.

    Recommend you add Steven Furtick to your blogs.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I was using Instapaper for a while, but I found Evernote to be just fine. It’s also one less tool I have to use. Web pages are formatted for me fine in Evernote.

  • http://www.blogwithcareracter.com Rashad Morris

    There are quite a few books/blogs here that I hadn’t heard of. My current reading list is:

    Books
    The Bible
    The Way of the Shepherd 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People Kevin Leman, William Pentak
    Daily Power of Prayer Devotional Myles Munroe
    Biblical Preaching Haddon Robinson

    Blogs
    Michael Hyatt
    Jeff Goins
    One Flesh Marriage
    Men of Integrity

  • Andrea

    Hi Michael et. al

    I used this post as an opportunity to review what do I read, and found that while there are some overlaps (Chris Brogan, Seth Godin, Mashable, Lifehacker) there were others that I should add to my list. Further, this lead to me reevaluating the RSS feeds I follow…what I found is that there are several I can’t let go of…here’s my little list:

    CRAFT (while I don’t hardly any of the projects, others ideas serve as my inspiration, from the same folks that bring you MAKE)

    swissmiss (Great dessign aesthetic not the blog, which is also great, but her posts are on design)

    Knitter’s Review (I’m a fiber artisan and yarn store owner, ‘enough said)

    Evernote Tech Blog (I’m an Evernote geek/fan grrl)

    Crafting an MBA (a must read for all folks who run a business…just because it has “Craft” in the title doesn’t mean you can’t get something from this site!

    Above are the blogs I follow and always read, even when I’m busy. There are others I enjoy but if it is getting late I’ll bail on the others. Of course, since this is a comment on Michael Hyatt’s blog I read his blog regularly, but seemed silly to list it here.

    Now there is another blog that I follow but only as a newsletter, and that’s Chris Guillebeau’s blog. I fell in love with it back when I traveled a 100% for my job since he writes ALOT on travel hacking. But  lately I’ve enjoyed reading more of his inspirational posts such as the “Hell Yeah” Roundup, or the, “Moment You Knew” post. These post have helped me lately as a transition to the next phase of growing up.

    Thanks for the great list and comments folks!

    Cheers,

    andrea

  • Kennisha Hill

    You have a very sophisticated list!

    I like to start by reading (or listening) to the Bible. Then, my list goes something like this:

    CNN.com for world news.
    Yahoo News
    Michael Hyatt (love yours for many reasons)
    EEW Magazine
    Hope for Women Magazine
    Kyria

    I subscribe to a couple different blogs for inspirational devotionals:
    Dianna Hobbs’ Daily Cup of Inspiration (EEW Magazine Editor-in-Chief)
    Kim Cash Tate: Color Your Perspective With Christ

    I frequently visit:
    Mary DeMuth
    Tricia Goyer

    And for current research topics, I’m back at CNN.com or Essence.com, Ebony.com or other random sites for relationship hot topics. I’m a love and relationship’s columnist so I have to keep up with what’s current for my blog and my column.

    I’m also reading books, as well as writing two. So..lots of reading for me!

    Great blog post, as always!

    Blessings,
    Kennisha

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for having me on your list!

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  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Blogs:
     
    andy stanley
    john c maxwell
    marshall goldsmith
    seth godin
    tim sanders

    Books:

    Leaving Microsoft to change the world — John Wood
    Freedom from Performing — Becky Harling

  • Anonymous

    Currently reading “The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing” by Lisa Gansky

    Blogs:
    Jon Acuff
    Michael Hyatt
    Brian Allain
    Christian Personal Finance
    Tentblogger
    Seth Godin
    Chris LoCurto

  • http://transmitautopilot.com Cynthia Leighton

    Daily reading list – great idea. I’ve been random! This is a better way. Thanks.

  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com Patricia Zell

    I seem to be reading all the time, especially material for teaching my students (British literature has been a biggie this summer). My personal reading is pretty much limited to shorter articles and blogs–I check this blog and several others, msnbc.com (I like the design), politico.com, weather.com, various women’s magazines, Time, Prevention, Writer’s Digest, etc. Although I used to read books by the dozens, I had to force myself to read two while we were on vacation. On that same vacation, a relative gifted me with a Kindle–my problem is I don’t have time to sit and fiddle with it or to pick out books to purchase. 

  • Carol Williams

    Thank you so much for posting this list.  I will definitely begin adding some of these.
    A great book I am reading now is Os Hillman’s new book “Change Agent”.

  • http://twitter.com/DennisMcIntee Dennis McIntee

    Thank you for this list….as someone just entering the blogging space, this has been very helpful!

  • http://www.jdeddins.com JD Eddins

    How in the world do you track on over 200 RSS feeds?  Are there any books you would recommend on speed reading that could help?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Two ways: use a great RSS reader and then scan the headlines. I am not actually reading 200 posts.

      • http://www.jdeddins.com JD Eddins

        So could you describe the process you go through on selecting new feeds to follow or take old ones out? I use to say that if a blog hadn’t written a star worthy post in a month then they were off the list. I am just wondering what process you use. Thanks!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I’m not that scientific. I just add them as I find them and delete them when I realize they are no longer adding value.

  • http://twitter.com/JesusNeverSaid Jesus Christ ?

    I’m sure this advice is buried somewhere in these comments but you should really try Read It Later http://readitlaterlist.com/ for saving those articles you want to get back to.  There is a Chrome extension.  I use it in Firefox and on my DroidX.  It really is a fantastic little app.

  • http://financialplanningapprentice.com Robinson Mertilus

    Thanks for sharing. This is a neat idea. 

    My reading list includes:

    http://Drudgereport.com

    http://AJC.com

    http://finance.yahoo.com

    http://sethgodin.com – I get this in my email

    http://tsowell.com – a hidden jewel

  • http://twitter.com/sangeethajames Sangeetha James

    Thanks for the list. I personally love the wisdom from Steven Furticks blog http://www.stevenfurtick.com/. Its so amazing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I don’t know why I had not subscribed to this before. I just heard Steven at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. He was outstanding. I just subscribed to his blog as well.

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  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    I need to do this on my own blog (I’ve been procrastinating). One writing site I’ve really been enjoying that I think you’d appreciate, Mike, is WriteToDone.com. It’s a writing/blogging site that Leo Babauta from Zen Habits started.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Jeff. I just subscribed to it.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        cool. look out for upcoming guest post.

  • Stb

    Impressing reading list. I’ ll check the authors I do not know. But my first thought was: just two hours?! I could not survive with only two hours reading time a day. O.K. I do not watch tv. Maybe that is the reason why I have time to read….

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I don’t watch TV either. I spend most of my day writing or creating.

      • Stb

        I would love to do that, too. A friend of mine told me that I should write more- non fiction. In my profession most authors are not very creative and most books are very boring. I think taxes and tax law  are very interesting – it’s the “real life”. A good court decision is often more interesting, funny or suspense-packed than prime time tv or a daily soap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattkerr Matt Kerr

    thanks Michael!  Appreciate your insight.  Love the mantra “leaders read and readers lead.”  Have a great day!

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  • George Luft

    Can you post an OPML file of your feeds?  Speaking of OPML, do you read Dave Winer (scripting.com)?

  • Daniel Crawford

    Besides blogs do you share a list of books you are reading? I travel lots given my job and have to come to read lots (includes Audiobooks & Podcasts) using my Kindle and iPad. Would you mind share your Book reading list?

    Thanks in advance.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Click on the link at the top of the page that says, “Products.” I have several list. Thanks.

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  • http://twitter.com/peramarv Marvin Quianzon

    i was hoping there was a not-to-read list :)

  • ReasonDisciple

    Leadership:
    John Maxwell,
    Dan Rockwell (Leadership Freak),
    Chris LoCurto,

    Blogging:
    Leslie Samuel,
    Pat Flynn, 

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  • http://www.empoweringthe80percent.com/ Ellory Wells

    I try to post every Monday morning at http://www.empoweringthe80percent.com. I write about leadership, personal growth and teams. I’d love to make it on your reading list!

  • http://www.toddmckeever.com toddmckeever

    You need to update this because you still have Google Reader etc in this piece. Looking forward to seeing if anything else has changed or been added to his post.

  • FromHisPresence

    Thanks for sharing your method. I read every morning but only occasionally read at night, but I’d like to start doing so more often. When I do take the time to read at night, it really relaxes me and puts me in a positive mindset. Even if my day had rough spots, it’s like reading washes them all away. So thanks for the challenge and inspiration!

  • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

    Yes, I do follow Claire. She’s a friend.

    • Erich Robinson

      That’s good to know. You both have a lot in common via the way you use your platforms to help make leaders better and by how you put God first in all you do.

  • Ryan

    Mike, awesome article. Thanks. You mention you track/follow 200-ish blogs/feeds. I do also and am struggling with how to hammer through them all? Any tips on how to regularly review these feeds? Obviously we can’t read all of the content. Maybe hit 1 category per day and pull out only the posts that catch my eye? Appreciate your guidance on this.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I just quickly scan the headlines. If it grabs me, I read it. If not, I blow past it. It is that simple.

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