Can You Read One Book a Day for 30 Days?
Animal Farm

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 Orwell
Speed Read 128 Pages in 60 Minutes

Day 2: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Speed Read 110 Pages in 57 Minutes

Day 3: The Richest Man in Babylon George S. Clason
Speed Read 128 Pages in 80 Minutes

Day 4: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Speed Read 102 Pages in 44 Minutes

Day 5: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Speed Read 134 Pages in 53 Minutes

Day 6: Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Speed Read 130 Pages in 59 Minutes

Day 7: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Speed Read 164 Pages in 100 Minutes

Day 8: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Speed Read 144 Pages in 77 Minutes

Day 9: A Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Speed Read 92 Pages in 52 Minutes

Day 10: The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Speed Read 99 Pages in 64 Minutes

Day 11: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Speed Read 116 Pages in 60 Minutes

Day 12: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Speed Read 71 Pages in 52 Minutes

Day 13: The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Speed Read 100 Pages in 53 Minutes

Day 14: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Speed Read 128 Pages in 53 Minutes

Day 15: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Speed Read 218 Pages in 99 Minutes

Day 16: Anthem by Ayn Rand
Speed Read 104 Pages in 65 Minutes

Day 17: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Speed Read 128 Pages in 65 Minutes

Day 18: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Speed Read 179 Pages in 92 Minutes

Day 19: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Speed Read 178 Pages in 95 Minutes

Day 20: The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe
Speed Read 124 Pages in 85 Minutes

Day 21: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Speed Read 224 Pages in 110 Minutes

Day 22: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Speed Read 248 Pages in 123 Minutes

Day 23: The Stranger by Albert Camus
Speed Read 154 Pages in 72 Minutes

Day 24: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Speed Read 256 Pages in 150 Minutes

Day 25: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Speed Read 122 Pages in 85 Minutes

Day 26: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave
Speed Read 101 Pages in 82 Minutes

Day 27: Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Speed Read 194 Pages in 126 Minutes

Day 28: Hunger by Knut Hamsun
Speed 158 Pages in 121 Minutes

Day 29: Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Speed Read 146 Pages in 105 Minutes

Day 30: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
Speed 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 Nowak

Paul is the founder of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading courses in North America. His workshops have been taught to thousands of students and professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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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!