Every year I read several books. Many of them are self-help, some are on improving finances, a few spiritual and new age, others are stories. Over time, I have come to realize that we live in an information age, and consumption of too much undirected or unfiltered information is irrelevant. To be practical, I decided to study the books I’ll be reading, make summaries to ensure I get the most out of them. Studies show we forget a substantial amount of what we read especially if not adopted and used. Hence instead of reading many books in a short period, I prefer to take some time and study a book at a time. What is your preference?
“It is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially”Donna T
We gain wisdom of ages in books. What other people have struggled to achieve for many years in experience, studies and many other ways, summarized in books that you can easily absorb and benefit from. Books are gifts, especially the ones that you align with depending on the phase you are in, in your life journey. In books we find mentors.
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot in treasure island”Walt Disney
It’s always good to travel often without lifting your feet, books allow for this. “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” William Styron
The above reasons are why I am introducing a Book Summary Review Category to this blog. Some books are meant to be re-read. And as Francis B said, some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. Enjoy a summary of the main ideas and arguments that the authors of the said books have presented. With a focus on value points rather than recommendations. “The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it” James Bryce