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“Every time I read a great book I felt I was reading a kind of map, a treasure map, and the treasure I was being directed to was in actual fact myself. But each map was incomplete, and I would only locate the treasure if I read all the books, and so the process of finding my best self was an endless quest. And books themselves seemed to reflect this idea. Which is why the plot of every book ever can be boiled down to ‘someone is looking for something’.”

MATT HAIG

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Know Your Why

What are you reading this book for? Entertainment? To understand something or someone you don’t know? To get better at your job? To improve your health? To learn a skill? To help build a business?

You have to have some idea of what you want to get from the book. You don’t j...

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Get Some Context of the Book

For older books, try to understand the historical context. For books written in an unfamiliar country, try to understand the cultural context. 

Some helpful questions to ask include:

  • Why did the author write this? 
  • What is their background?
  • What else have they wri...

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Nicholas carr

“In the quiet spaces opened up by the prolonged, undistracted reading of a book, people made their own associations, drew their own inferences and analogies, fostered their own ideas. They thought deeply as they read deeply.”

NICHOLAS CARR

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Henry David Thoreau

"Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common...

HENRY DAVID THOREAU

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Intelligent Skimming

Before starting to read a book (particularly non-fiction), skim through the index, contents page, preface, and inside the jacket to get an idea of the subject matter.

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Match the Book to Your Environment

Matching books to our location and circumstances can be powerful. Books will have a greater resonance as they become part of an experience rather than just supplementing it.

Take a look at your own situation and decide on genres or authors that might help you overcome any c...

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Take Notes and Mark Up the Book

Making notes is an important foundation for reflecting and integrating what you read into your mind. Start by writing a short summary of each chapter and transcribing any meaningful passages or phrases.

Jot down connections and tangential thoughts, underline key passages and make a habit of...

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Filter Your Reading

There are no rules when it comes to choosing books. We don’t have to read bestsellers, or classics, or books everyone else raves about.

Focus on some combination of books that: stand the test of time; pique your interest; or resonate with your current situation.

The m...

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Active vs Passive Readers

Active vs Passive Readers

Passive readers forget things almost as quickly as they read them. Active readers, on the other hand, retain the bulk of what they read.

The more that active readers read, the better they get. They develop a latticework of mental models to hang ideas on, further increasing ...

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