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What to do after reading a book.

What to do after reading a book.

The key is to engage with the material, derive meaning from books, and extend the book experience beyond just reading. 

You should spend some time engaging with what you have learned and have a personal experience (feelings and activities) around what stood out to you.


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Post-Reading Activities for Non-Academic Books

  • #1. Reflection: Take a moment to reflect on what you read.
  • #2: Write a book review.
  • #3: Discuss with peers
  • #4: Research about the author and context.
  • #5: Compare with other books.
  • #6: Apply lessons or ideas to your life.
  • #7: Read Reviews
  • #8: Make Recommendations


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Post-reading Activity #1: Reflection.

Post-reading Activity #1: Reflection.

Take a moment to reflect on what you read.

After finishing the book, take some time to pause and reflect on your reading experience.

Here are some self-reflection questions;

  • What is the message of [book title],
  • How do I feel about it?
  • What was my expectation when choosing to read [book title]? Was it met?
  • How would I rate my experience on a scale of 1-10?


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Post-reading Activity #2: Book review.

Post-reading Activity #2: Book review.

Writing a book review can help organize your opinions about the book and what it's about.

  • Block out 10-20 minutes to draft a review
  • Share your review on social media or community-based book websites like Chieflings.com.


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Post-reading Activity #3: Book Discussions.

Post-reading Activity #3: Book Discussions.

Discuss with friends online or in-person that have read the book.

Sharing and exchanging perspectives can broaden your understanding of the book and produce deeper insights which in turn yield better results.


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Post-reading Activity #4: Research.

Post-reading Activity #4: Research.

Conduct Author and Context Research

Dive deeper into the background of the author, their previous works, and the historical and cultural context in which the book was written. This additional information can enrich your understanding of the book.


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Post-reading Activity #5: Comparison.

If the book is part of a series or falls within a similar genre, compare it to other books you have read.

Analyze the differences and similarities, allowing you to identify patterns and draw connections between different works. This is when governing principles are unearthed.

A very rewarding activity! 


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Post-reading Activity #6: Application.

Post-reading Activity #6: Application.

Reflect on how the themes or lessons from the book can be applied to your own life and take appropriate action.

Practice what you have learned, making it relevant and meaningful.


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Note to you from Chieflings.

The magnitude of success in any endeavor (stewardship alike) is often a measure of capacity and ability. Learning from books is one relatively cheap and sure way of increasing your capacity. That's why we care about reading books.


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