Reading books is one of the best forms of self education ever created. Ever since I’ve graduated from college I’ve been reading more and more, and learning about things that I had no interest in previously.
What types of books should I read?
Everyone seems to have an opinion on what kinds of books you should read. Some think that non-fiction is the way to go and fiction is a waste of time. I personally enjoy both types of books, as I think you can learn lessons from either and having a good balance between the two, in all their forms, is important because it allows for the intersection of ideas, but in the end, its just good to be reading, whatever it may be.
Creating a habit of reading
When I turned 23, I set a goal for myself to read 50 books in that year (which will end on May 2nd). Currently I’m on book 34, so I’m getting there, but I’ll need to focus on reading a bit more these last few months. Even so, I think setting this quota has really motivated me to take the time during the day to read frequently and I’m quite happy I have.
One thing I can’t do without when reading a book, especially non-fiction, is taking notes. From taking note of an interesting point being made by the author or an idea that just floated into mind, I take notes on everything. Sure it takes me a bit longer to read , but I find it a fantastic resource to look back to when its no longer so fresh in my mind.
Determining whats to come
Now to really get the mind working, its a fun exercise to try and outline what a book will discuss before you read it. This practice helps you think about the possible problems, solutions, and ideas that are to come. The whole point is to try and formulate ideas of the situation prior to them being presented. Such practices are invaluable in thinking abstractly and moving away from the more straightforward process of what reading is.
How do you read books?