I first published a post about this some time ago. As I stated, the way I read was liable to change. Recently, due to the start of the summer and having more time on my hands, it has. Again, I read according to a list of categories (some have sub-categories) to read from each week. This can get quite complicated, so I'll try to keep things as simple as possible.
- Genre Fiction (mostly SF): About to start The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (just finished Kafka's The Metamorphosis)
- Literary (2 of each sub-category per week)
- Pre-1923 (free online): The Secret Agent by Conrad (finishing this up now and moving on to Moby Dick)
- Post-1923 (not free online, usually): The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
- Other (1 of each; alternates after I finish a book to another sub-category)
- Non-Fiction: George Orwell's A Collection of Essays (what I'm reading now)
- Old Philosophy/Science
- Philosophy/Science (contemporary): The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil
- Self-Help (1 of each; alternates)
- Health (mind/body): Choice Theory by William Glasser
- Martial Arts
- Writing: The Craft & Business of Writing by the Editors of Writer's Digest Books
(When I finish longer works, I read a shorter one before moving on to another longer work. For example, after having read The Metamorphosis, I'm reading Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher" before moving on to HHGG. I also sometimes substitute articles for reading a chapter of something on the list. So if I read a lot of articles a certain week about writing, I'd save myself the time of having to read a chapter of Craft & Business.
So, that's about seven chapters a week, at least. I usually read more chapters after I'm done with the minimal requirements of the list. I also use Instapaper 1/wk to read all the articles I come across or get emailed that I don't have the time at the moment to read. Also, to stay current, I read articles on Google Reader or Google News every week.
This is how I get to read a little of everything that I think is important or interesting. It works for me. For now. It's still liable to change. As am I.)