When I saw the title of your topic I thought you wanted to talk about speed reading, which is techniques and a state of mind (relaxed, focus, etc) to read [the same] text in less time, without sacrificing the understanding.
But apparently you want to talk about reading interesting books, not spending time on reading shitty ones - which in my opinion is more important.
Arthur Schopenhauer said : “One can never read too little of bad, or too much of good books: bad books are intellectual poison; they destroy the mind.”
When we read, another person thinks for us, we repeat his mental process. So we won’t let a random person do it.
My trick is to see what books are recommanded by the people I want to be like, people who are ahead of where I want to go, or simply the greatest in their fields.
For example JeanMa recommended “Utoya” by “Obertone Laurent”
Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Nassim Taleb, etc recommended “Zero to One” by “Peter Thiel”
Naval, Tugan Bara & almost everyone recommend “Influence & manipulation” by “Robert Cialdini”
I think you get it. And of course I have to be interested in the subject.
There’s another good indicator, books that have stood the test of time. For example: Marcus Aurelius (emperor of Rome at its peak) and Epictetus (a slave who freed himself)… They are still there after 2000 years. #timeless_insights. It worked, it works and it will work.
One last thing, I read only people who create things, who are risk takers, entrepreneurs, not the “academics” / “professors” / “experts” who write to establish their reputation or uniquely to sell.
I hope it was useful to you, and that from now you won’t come across boring books or books that lack quality or utility.
Some quotes on the subject:
“If you can read if fast, it is not worth reading” - Naval.
“A book that is not worth re-reading is not worth reading” - Nassim Taleb.