Oinam Notes

Tit-bit, wiki-ish, data, learnings, and observations.

Books

Why Read?

  1. Reading well will deepen your appreciation of literature; you’ll gain new experiences and enrich your knowledge of the world and other people.
  2. Reading well requires noticing details, reflecting on them and questioning them.
  3. One key to reading well and pleasurably is to slow down, take your time and read deliberatively.
  4. Re-reading literary texts will allow you to pick up on what you missed the first time around and deepen your reading pleasure.
  5. Reading aloud, whether a sentence or an entire page, will help you notice more about a writer’s craft and art, especially how the tone and texture complement the meaning.

How to read books the right way

  1. Pick up multiple books (physical, digital, or audio) from the same topic or category to go deeper.
  2. It is OK not to finish a book you don’t like.
  3. Some books are more flexible and might not be read linearly. It does depend on the topic of book you’re reading. It’s okay to pick up chapters if the book is meant to be a collection of answers to unrelated topics.
  4. Write notes, highlight them, or stick tiny stickies on pages (for physical books).
  5. You can speed-read1 parts and sections that might not be useful to remember.
  6. While reading you might come across topics you don’t know much about. While you’re still finishing the book, read a brief summary to get through the current content. Write them down separately to research more later.
  7. Try to write a summary after you’ve read the whole book.
  8. Find your format/style or mix them up - digital, physical, audio.

Tips

Here are a few personal tips that worked for me while trying to read/learn the contents of books and get the best out of them. This will help you to overcome the habit of practicing Tsundoku2.

Free and Open Source Books

References

  1. Speed Reading is the technique of chunking and minimizing subvocalization. The many available speed-reading training programs may utilize books, videos, software, and seminars. There is little scientific evidence regarding speed reading, and as a result its value seems uncertain. 

  2. Tsundoku (Japanese: 積ん読) is the art of buying books and never reading them.