A reading of the day, a daily reading time, whatever you want to call it – in my opinion – should be done in a nonstrict
See, this passage on reading reminded me of the advice Anne Lamott gave on writing.
Quite simply, there is no need to make huge jumps at a furious pace.
You write, Bird By Bird, simply one step at a time.
So stop and take a deep breath.
Reading is not a race or a contest. It is a process.
And if you are going to make the process of reading into a reading life, you are going to have to relax about the whole thing.
It’s not: “Read one book per week.”
It’s: “Set aside one hour per day of leisure time to read.” – Because it is what you wish to do.
For reading should probably be more like a private happiness than a military discipline.
And heavens yes – read anything you wish.
The person just beginning to bring some discipline to his or her life as a reader need not be ashamed at reading non-masterpieces, or at only being able to focus on reading a few pages at a time. Let that person, then, begin with short stories or essays and work toward longer works that demand extensive attention. Indeed, it’s vital as a reader to move forward in an orderly way (ordinate
procedere debet): “the man who moves along step by step is the man who moves along best, not like some who fall head over heels when they wish to make a great leap ahead.”
-Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures Of Reading In An Age Of Distraction