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How to Choose Your Next Book

https://fs.blog/2013/08/choose-your-next-book/

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How to Choose Your Next Book
Get the simple two-step filter that I use to help me select what to read to improve my total return on invested reading time. Basically, I combine two ideas that both work together.

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Getting to a deeper understanding of a subject

Getting to a deeper understanding of a subject
  • Understanding the basics. This is a key element of effective thinking. Understanding a simple idea deeply builds a solid foundation for complex ideas.
  • Build your foundation. Be honest with what you really know by using the Feynman Technique (by teaching others). It will reveal any gaps you have in your knowledge.
  • Obtain the basic mental models from multiple disciplines. You don't need to understand everything on a subject, but you should understand the basic concepts from various disciplines.
  • Understanding the basics allows for a better understanding of second and subsequent order consequences.

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The "Lindy effect"

This is just a fancy way to say what has been will continue to be.

Time can predict value. Some things, like books, increase in life expectancy as time goes by. If a book has been in print for forty years, we can expect it to be in print for another forty years.

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Understanding time-tested Ideas

When reading, we should focus on the basic ideas that have stood the test of time. These ideas are ones that have lasted, and thus will last, for a long time.

The most useful knowledge is a broad-based multidisciplinary education of the basics.

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Book Clubs

Book Clubs

A book club is a reading group who read and talk about books based on a topic or an agreed-upon reading list.

The book club can meet monthly. That will give members enough ...

The Benefits of a Book Club

  • It improves how a group or department does what it's intended to do. All departments have problems that they don't understand. By reading books that improve how the department does what it does, the team gains insight that they would've missed otherwise.
  • Reading similar books ensures all team members are aligned.

How To Start A Book Club

  • Decide when to meet and for how long. For example, a monthly one-hour meeting so that each team member can read the book, write a book summary, and give their inputs.
  • Choose a book selection.
  • Decide on a meeting format. During the meeting, each team member will share their feeling about the book - what they liked, disliked, how the department could benefit from its idea, how it relates to other books you've read as a department.
  • Assigning one person to take notes can be a good idea. Every person will give unique perspectives about what is relevant.

When to Study

When to Study

Studying time is more efficient if it is spread out over many sessions throughout the semester, with a little extra right before the exam.

Cover each piece of info five times from when you fi...

What and How to Study

Testing yourself, so you have to retrieve the information from memory, works much better than repeatedly reviewing the information, or creating a concept map (mind map).

After the first time learning the material, spend the subsequent studying to recalling the information, solving a problem or explaining the idea without glancing at the source.

What Kinds of Practice to Do

For a particular exam, use the following:
  • Mock tests and exams that are identical in style and form.
  • Redo problems from assignments, textbook questions or quizzes.
  • Generate your own questions or writing prompts based on the material.

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A habit of compounding growth

Reading is a habit of compounding growth. When reading, you'll learn more, and you'll generate ideas and motivation for making other changes.

Reading books means you're getting more concentra...

Put the book down

The real cause of reading too few books is that you don't enjoy it enough.

Don't feel compelled to finish a book that has become boring, predictable or unhelpful. Start a new one. You can have many books through various states of completion. Some won't be finished, and that's okay. Reading less is worse than having a few go unfinished.

Build an online library

An obstacle to your reading habit is not having enough interesting books waiting to be read.

Create a list of potentially good books. If you have a Kindle or eReader, get samples of any book you might want to read — Source your wishlist from suggestions from other writers and authors. When someone recommends a book on a blog or tweet, add it to your wishlist.