Read an interesting article for people who struggle to read books on Lifehacker today: http://lifehacker.com/a-simple-plan-to-start-reading-more-1757768694
Some books can be intimidating. I'm looking at you Atlas Shrugged. You've heard so much buzz about them and want to read them so you can you contribute in social circles or for one's own personal pleasure. I've only had a few books in my life that I enjoyed so much I wasn't able to put down or without at least much restraint like sleep, work, school, or social callings. Namely, Dune and Lord of the Rings.
The author of the Lifehacker article suggests starting with a daily goal of reading 25 pages. I won't write out all the math here, but if 25 pages are read daily then quite a bit of literature can be devoured in a year.
I view books kind of the same way I see the gym. You have to work out on a consistent basis, whether that's time of day or how many times daily/weekly to see progress. Getting the reps in and increasing the weight. So maybe that's increasing how many pages are read daily or how long I can sit and read in one setting 15, 20, 25, 30+ minutes. With 25 pages a day, suddenly Atlas Shrugged doesn't look so bad.
I start class again tomorrow, so I'll have to dial back my rpgs, dvr, netflix binging, archery or social events, but hope with a simple goal of reading 25 pages a day or 30 minutes I can enjoy some great books this year that are in my endless backlog simultaneously reading classroom textbook material.