By: Buntheng LIM
Book is the source of knowledge and idea. However, you cannot be guaranteed how much you will learn from reading books. That’s why some people gain so much when reading books while others don’t. To help you get the best out of your books, here are 5 tips to effective book-reading:
It is important to know what kind of books you like to read, such as self-improvement, literature, non-fiction, and so on. Choosing your favorite book types will motivate you to read. After that, you should consider choosing e-books and paper books (hardcover or softcover). For me, I want the true experience of reading books while traveling a lot, so I prefer softcover books.
Choose the right place:
You don’t want to read books in crowded and loud places, do you? Home, library, and café shop are the three commonplace places people like to read. Choosing the right places to read the books will improve your mood and urge to read. For instance, you may feel stressed out at your house but happy to read at a café shop.
Choose the right book:
There are 2 types of book: good books and fairly good books. Therefore, before buying a book, read the reviews (they might contain spoilers!) on the internet but always remember that people have different opinions. Bestsellers are usually the best ones, but you may not want to buy all the books that are the bestsellers. Take a note not to judge a book by its cover or movie. For example, young adult novels may have interesting covers but classic unabridged novels are more suitable for people who like English literature. Always know your goal, what you want to know or learn. For instance, if you want know in depth about epistemology, books about general philosophy are not right for you because it has limited information about epistemology. Good books make you think and help you improve yourself mentally.
Choose quality over quantity:
That reading a lot of books is good for you is true to a certain degree. However, when you are busy, you may want to find a good book that covers everything you need to know. For example, buying more than 2 books on the same topic might not be effective as they will likely to explain the same things, which wastes your time. Similarly, it is effective that you read only the parts that you want to know instead of reading the whole book which is mostly practised by academic people on their research paper because it saves time and you read what you need.
Reflect and discuss:
Often, people read but they don’t take time to think and discuss. Discussion helps you notice the points you haven’t noticed before. It also helps you see the books from different angles from yours. This is why people form a reading club. If you cannot join or form one, read the reviews online as people will give their opinions on why the books are bad or good. Discussion will lead to new perspectives and ideas.