Book Reading Tips by Shane Parrish

This tweet by the great Alex Wieckowski summarizes many of Shane Parrish’s tips for better reading books in 37 bullets.

My six favorites:

  • The person who reads one great book twice is better off than the person who reads ten average books.

  • Teaching others is a powerful way to embed information in your mind. Upon completing a book, grab the nearest (willing) person and tell them about what you have learned.

  • If we read but don’t reflect, we only have the illusion of knowledge. Making the knowledge our own means digesting, synthesizing, and organizing the information.

  • The work of reading: Read a book while highlighting heavily. Distill highlights into core insights, written in your own words. Put it into a searchable format. Review regularly.

  • If you want new ideas, read old books.

  • Writing about what you read is the key to turning the experience of reading into knowledge you can use. Writing is reflection.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez 🇨🇦 on Unsplash
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