Read 100 Books Multiple Times — Ignore The Rest
There are enough books to last more than a lifetime.
If you were to start reading from today, till the day you die (assuming you live till 70) you’d still not finish reading all the books people recommend.
Why Is This Worth Discussing?
Reading is seen as activity that makes you smart. While that’s true, it’s pointless if there is no action. Reading 52 books a year doesn’t make you smart, applying 2 things from a book is more rewarding.
To get the most from books, you need to reread them.
How often? 2,3 even 10 times if it comes to it. Rereading (52 books * number of years you’ve read books) isn’t feasible.
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” ― Sir Francis Bacon
How Do I Decide What Books Are Worth Rereading?
The choice of books you read are your own. Forcing yourself to read books because “someone” said it’s the best book they read isn’t helpful. Here’s 3 things you can do:
1. Books With Multiple Action Points
Personally, rereading nonfiction books is a priority. It helps me remember key action points from that book. There’s a new perspective every time I read it and it’s easier. The wave of information from the first read doesn’t overwhelm me the second time around.
2. Books That Stood The Test Of Time
Books that stood the test of time often address old problems. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius covers problems humans have faced for years. Newer books make place for recent problems, but Classics are read till date for a reason.
3. Books That Help You Upskill The Way YOU Want
This is certainly the most important one. Reading books that address the concerns and learnings YOU want to pursue add the most value.
Learning to Code? Pick a book that introduces you to the fundamentals. It’s going to help you more than “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” at this point in time. Perks is also a great book, but, hey prioritise!
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