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How can we learn from reading more efficiently?

Everyday I look at my bookshelf and see the 10+ books I have begun to read and am still immensely fascinated in. Within a month, I probably purchase 4-6 books on average. It's overwhelming! There is so much that I am interested in, that sometimes I can't help but feel defeated.

My question to the brilliant TED community is...

How can I read more efficiently?

This primarily involves getting through more books with higher levels of comprehension. How can I get through everything I want to read without completely neglecting the people in my life? The more I read, the more I want to read about. It's a vicious cycle.

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    Dec 16 2012: Trey, I am guilty of buying more books than I can read as well...I eventually read them...sometimes months after I have purchased them. My Kindle has solved the problem of running out of storage space.
    I read at least two books on different topics at a time. The book with higher level of comprehension in the morning and an easier read at night. When I alternate between books,my brain seems to assimilate information more efficiently.

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