Finding Time to Read

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There is no question I’m asked more than some variant of “how do you find the time to read so much?”

Everyone looks at my reading list and assumes that I either have no life or speed read.

When I tell people I do have a life and I don’t speed read the question becomes: what’s your secret?

Well, there is no secret.

On a good week, I can read 3-5 books. Sometimes fewer. I’m an average reader, likely within one standard deviation in terms of speed and retention. In short, I’m no different than you when it comes to how fast I read.

While remarkably enjoyable, Blood and Beauty consumed almost a week. I was incredibly slow reading Seneca’s Epistles 1-65, and even slower with Antifragile. These are books I don’t want to rush.

On the other hand, I can cruise through something like Fate of the States in an afternoon.

When reading, I generally take notes. I’m underlining, synthesizing, asking questions, and relating concepts from other things I’ve read. I use a hybrid of the how to read system developed by Mortimer Adler.

After I finish a book, I let it age for a week or two and then pick it up again. I look at my notes and the sections I’ve marked as important. I write them down. Or let it age for another week or two.

Where do I find the time?

Let’s look at this another way. Rather than say what I do, I’ll tell you what I don’t do.

What gets in the way of reading?

I don’t spend a lot of time watching TV. (The lone exception to this is during football season where I watch one game a week.)

I watch very few movies.

I don’t spend a lot of time commuting.

I don’t spend a lot of time shopping.

These choices are deliberate. I don’t even have cable TV. I watch NFL through gamepass, which also saves time (if you don’t watch games live you can watch the full game in under 30 minutes).

I live downtown; I can walk to the grocery store, purchase a bagful of groceries, and return home all within 15 minutes.

If you presume that the average person spends 3-4 hours a day watching TV, an hour or more commuting, and another 2-3 hours a week shopping, that’s 25 hours a week on the low end.

25 hours. That’s 1,500 minutes. That’s huge. If you read a page a minute, that’s 1,500 pages a week.

Books are Important

Few things are as rewarding as making friends with the eminent dead. Reading isn’t something to be done once a week to check a box, it’s something to do everyday.

If you’re a ‘knowledge worker’ you’re paid to use your brain so it’s in your best interest to make that brain as big as possible.

Wherever I go, a book is not far behind.

It might be on my phone, or physical, but there is always a book close.

Finding time to read is easier than you might think. Waiting for a bus? Stop staring down the street and read. Waiting for a taxi? Read. On the train? Read. On the plane? Read. Waiting for your flight? Read.

What I read depends on the situation.

If I know I only have a few minutes, I’m not going to read something that requires a lot of mental context switching to get back into. I’ll keep it simple, something like Phil Jackson’s Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success or Grow Regardless. Waiting around is also a great time to read magazines and printed copies of articles from the web. These tend to be short, rather disposable, and easily digested.

Early in the evening, say around 8 or 9, I’ll grab a glass of wine and sink into something serious. Something I want to read without interruption. Some nights I’ll read well past midnight, other nights I’ll stop reading around 10 or 11.

I’ll then do a little bit of blogging and plop myself into bed and read till I fall asleep.

Sometimes I’ll read something light before going to bed and sometimes I’ll read something requiring more thought so I can ponder an idea while I’m falling asleep.

When I’m not reading, I’m trying to think about what I’ve just read. I don’t pull out a book while I’m in the checkout line at the grocery store. While everyone else is playing the ‘which line is longer game’, I’m toying with something I’ve read recently.

Investments

The biggest problem with reading so much is money.

Books are expensive. I often joke that the only thing I’m in the 1% of is Amazon customers.

I made a choice after I graduated from university that I’ve rarely deviated from: I don’t worry about any money spent on books. I’m not alone. Ryan Holiday has basically the same rule (he was also the inspiration for this post.)

The first thing I did when I started making money was to call my younger brothers and tell them I’d buy them whatever books they wanted until they graduated high-school as long as they promised to read them. As many as they wanted; Whatever they wanted.

Why do you read?

Some people read for entertainment. Some people read to acquire knowledge. Some for both.

To me, reading is more than a raw input. I read to increase knowledge. I read to find meaning. I read for better understanding of others and myself. I read to discover. I read to make my life better. I read to make fewer mistakes.

To borrow words from David Ogilvy, reading can be ‘a priceless opportunity to furnish your mind and enrich the quality of your life.’

Remember the tagline of this website: Mastering the best that other people have already figured out. That’d be nearly impossible without reading. In fact, it is largely through reading that we walk this path.

We’ve been recording knowledge in books for a long time. That means there’s not a lot that’s new, its just recycled old. Even Nassim Taleb, author of Antifragile, points out that several ancient philosophers grasped the concept of antifragility. Odds are that no matter what you’re working on, someone somewhere, who is smarter than you, has probably thought about your problem and put it into a book.

In The Prince, Machiavelli writes “A wise man ought always to follow the paths beaten by great men, and to imitate those who have been supreme, so that if his ability does not equal theirs, at least it will savour of it.” That’s not to say this is the only way, but why not start with the best thinking that has come before you. Seneca, on the same subject, wrote, “Men who have made these discoveries before us are not our masters, but our guides.”

Library

When I get into detailed discussions with people on my book buying habits, they often ask why I never use the library. Think of all the money you’d save, they say.

The truth is I keep most of the books I read and I go back to them. “If you are OK giving the books back after two weeks,” writes Ryan Holiday, “you might want to examine what you are reading.” I take that one step further: If you’re not keeping what you read, you probably want to think about what you’re reading and how.

While not impossible, it’s harder to have conversations with library books. You can’t pull out a pen and write in the margin. You can’t highlight something. Conversations with books are one of the ways that I learn.

“The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money.”Warren Buffett

If you wanted to look something up again in a library book, you’d have to get in your car and drive back to the library. But how much time have you spent now driving back and forth?

How do you value your time? We can make more money, we can’t make more time.

Charlie Munger, voracious reader, billionaire, and vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, once commented “In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.”

It’s pretty simple: You either read or you don’t. If you read you probably want to do it more. If you don’t read, I’m not going to convince you to put down the remote.

Reading more isn’t a secret. It comes down to choices.

Warning: Side effects of reading more may include (1) increased intelligence; (2) uncomfortable silence when someone asks you what happened on Breaking Bad last night and you say “huh?”; (3) better ideas and (4) increased understanding of yourself and others.

So what are you waiting for. Cancel your cable and buy some books. Looking for a place to start? Try here, here, or here. And here.

What do you think?

Leave a note in the comments on your tips and tricks to read more.


Comments

  1. SP says

    just curious, why no ebooks? contrary to most people i know, my reading had actually gone down since I bought a kindle and it leaves me wondering if it’s the kindle or lifestyle changes.

    • Shane Parrish says

      I do read e-books. Mostly before bed as I’m falling asleep.

      I have a few unresolved issues with e-books.

      1. Call me old school but I prefer physical books.
      2. The notes are harder in e-books. Kindle does a decent job at this but it’s not the same. I like to draw arrows shapes, and other things in the margin (almost like i’m brainstorming). e-books are too linear.
      3. There is evidence that we retain information better if we’re not reading on a screen.
      4. I’m not sure I’m totally down with the ability of publishers to retroactively go in and change my book without my permission.
      5. The costs on ebooks, at least in N.A. are often on par — if not higher — than physical books.

      Two advantages of e-books, as I see them:

      1. You can quickly search the entire book or your entire library.
      2. It makes posting on Farnam Street a little easier. (In fact, I often end up with physical copies of books and an e-copy.)

      What do you think about the benefits and drawbacks to e-books?

      • SP says

        The biggest benefit of an ebook for me is the ease of lugging it around. I tend to read multiple books at a time. And quite often I read when waiting somewhere. This gives the flexibility of selecting a book based on my mood (if it’s a 15 minute wait I will read something light. But if am waiting for an hour, might dive into something heavy).

        Also, I move around a lot (six cities in the last eight years) and carrying books becomes difficult. Hate leaving them back. Then there are times people borrow my books and I never get to see them again unless I purchase again.

        In terms of drawbacks – I usually like to skim/scan a book first, try to understand how it is structured etc. This becomes very difficult in an ebook. The notes ofcourse, are also way easier on physical books.

        I recently started taking notes in a notepad instead when reading ebooks as I found it more convenient than doing on an ebook and easier to go back and refer. But that becomes just too much of a hassle and I stopped.

        The “find” function of e-readers is nifty but then there are times you just want to glide through few pages and maybe stop at some place to re-read – just isn’t the same on ebooks

      • Kevin says

        To me, a life long reader (something like 2500 non-fiction books in my database of readings/rankings), ebooks have huge advantages over my old library (which I threw out a few years ago; 5 big carloads of the best books I’ve ever read, since no one, and no used book store wanted them).

        As you know, you can easily highlight on Kindles and IPads, and then go back and read the chain of your highlights to refresh yourself on the main points of the book.

        You can copy the “My Clippings” file to your computer, and read it there too, developing a library of clippings. You can find a program on the net for parsing the clippings file and rewriting it as you please (if you’re a programmer).

        I also keep a digital voice recorder with me, to dictate my notes and thoughts as I’m reading. Then I use Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 to turn my voice into text, again, to store with my computer book notes and in my digital journals too.

        And of course, now I don’t have 5+ carloads of books taking up room in the house, now I can do “instant” searches of 500 books on my Kindle, now I can purchase an ebook in a few seconds, etc.

        The only thing I find awkward on a Kindle is flipping back and forth between key sections of a book. In a real book, I can stick my fingers in the book and flip back and forth easily to compare. But on a Kindle, it’s a bit of a headache (too many finger strokes the first time, then easy to flip back between two sections, but forget about flipping between multiple sections.)

        • Maria says

          I do the same thing with my clippings from ebooks. I save them in Evernote and whenever I think of an idea from a book that is relevant I can do a a quick search. That said, I do find that I retain more from reading a physical book than an ebook. On the flip side, I can read an ebook faster than a physical book.

        • steven says

          Kevin, would you like to share your reading list with me? That’d be wonderful. I’m new to reading but only like to read great books. If you’re interested, please share your reading list with me. My email – gbg470007 gmail

      • Neeli Clute Lambert says

        One drawback is research on the delay of REM sleep when reading on ANY screen (phone, laptop, ipad, kindle, etc.). It is thought to delay REM by two hours.
        So… I enjoy reading both as well, but stick to the physical copies before bed.

        • Karl M says

          Great point Neeli. What a major unintended consequence to read from a screen up to 10 minutes before sleep in order to gain knowledge… …only to be unknowingly tired the next day to recall it, let alone practice what was learnt.
          So reading from a screen at night could be considered a bottleneck to your reading’s usefulness.

  2. Dario says

    Hi,

    Could you write something about your how to read system?

    Thanks a lot

    • Shane Parrish says

      Dario,

      I’ll post on this at some point in the future in more detail but here is a quick look at the basics of my approach. It’s a hybrid of How To Read.

      If I’m reading for information, a good example of this would be a newspaper, I read headlines and dive into what interests me. I don’t take notes and can hardly remember a time when the newspaper has allowed me to make better decisions on something. It makes me more informed but not necessarily smarter. (One side note: I’ve recently cut way back on my news consumption. I cancelled my subscriptions to the NYT and the Globe and Mail.)

      If I’m reading a book that’s clearly above me, say Antifragile or Seneca, I take my time. I start with Systematic skimming.

      I’m in no rush. I want quiet. I take notes. I stop frequently and ask myself about what I’m reading. I translate into my own words. I stop at the end of chapters and try to summarize the key points. I look up words that I have no clue about. (I’ll often read these books 2-3 times). If I remember another author writing on the same subject, I’ll go back to my notes.

      If anything I really just want to understand the basics. I think a lot of people get this part wrong … more on that later.

      If I’m reading a book on a subject I feel I have a decent grasp of, I go a lot quicker. Here, I’m often looking for something that might disprove my beliefs or an argument that I haven’t heard before. I’m looking for weaknesses in my own opinion as well as trying to deconstruct the authors opinion. I want to understand the other side of the argument better than others.

      Generally these books go really quickly. I read the book, sometimes taking notes, sometimes not, and then do a mental summary at the end. What was the authors argument? Does that disprove what I believe? Is there something I hadn’t thought of? etc.

      If I’m reading to learn more about a subject I know nothing about, I buy a few books on it and start digging in. I’m interested in learning more about Jim Beam and distilled spirits so I purchased two books on the subject recently American Still Life and Beam Straight Up. These two books alone won’t make me an expert by any stretch.

      Both books will be biased, because one was written by a family member and the other was written by someone who used to work for them. But this will give me a feel for the basics, the vocabulary, and the I’ll likely get a lot more of the passion than I would if I just picked up a random book. These guys live and breath this stuff.

      If I’m not interested in learning more, I’ll stop after these two. If I am, I’ll have a good idea how to proceed and where to go next. I’ll have a decent understanding of the terminology and processes used to make the spirits.

      The reference sections of books are very underused by readers. There is often a goldmine in there.

      For instance, after reading the references in A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes, I ordered a copy of Medical Axioms, Aphorisms, and Clinical Memoranda.

      After I’ve read a book, that is well above my current knowledge, I put it on my desk and let it sit for a week or two. Then I pick it back up, go over my notes and decide if I should let it sit longer or copy those notes out into a notebook (by hand.) Copying notes by hand increases retention.

      I think that covers the basics of it.

  3. says

    Client told me recently her grown daughter said her bedside table looked like art, with all the books stacked.

    I mentioned my bedside table was cleared to 1 book. The stacks didn’t move far, they are by the claw foot bath tub.

    Client thought a moment then said, “I need to read more in the tub.” This client says her credit card is her library card!

    Of course stacks by the bed are rising again.

    Garden & Be Well, Tara

  4. Tannor Pilatzke says

    Great article. I have read Antifragile once, while reading much slower the second time (currently not complete) as it is a complex read far above my understanding. Taking notes and synthesizing is the most important aspect of reading for myself, as knowing and understanding are completely different.

    Maybe you could go into further detail of ways you synthesize ideas in another post. Reading 3-5 books a week is what I strive for and most people that can’t fathom this, simply watch T.V.

    Finding time is not hard when you cut out what does not matter and include what matters most to you.

    Cheers & Thanks.

    • Shane Parrish says

      Tannor,

      I’ll do a post in the future on the ways I use to synthesize ideas although I’m not entirely convinced it will point anyone toward anything new. I’d love to hear what others do.

  5. Dan Kurt says

    Are you married?

    Dan Kurt

    p.s. I am and have been for 45 years and read constantly. It has always been a friction in our marriage. My wife has a Ph.D. but is not a reader. Our son has a Ph.D. and he also rarely reads. I have a doctorate as well, in a science, so I read at work my professional subjects and everything else at home or “on the road.” This past year since the iPhone 5 arrived I have read >35 books* on it in my spare time using the Kindle app because the retina display is so clear and I have the iPhone 5 with me at all times. ( I am a speed reader as I took a speed reading course my first year in college.)
    *16 are the Parker Novels by Richard Stark: I have about 8 more to go.

    • May says

      hi,I am 26,i do love reading so much.after graduated from my university,i keep on reading varied kinds of books.now i work in a planning department in a auto manufacturer .when i get off my work ,i got my happiness time….the words from a book, the soft wind from the window and a piece of a lovely mood.i enjoy my life.

  6. Cratos says

    Hi Shane,

    Thank you for sharing this post. I am intrigued, could you do a post on your note-taking system? I think this is key in retaining key ideas from books but my note-taking system is dire at the moment!

    Thanks

    • Dario says

      Shane,

      A post about your note taking system would be fantastic

      I have the same problem

      Thanks

    • Shane Parrish says

      I will in the future. I’ve started toying around a bit with evernote but I still prefer writing things down.

      • Grebel says

        Here’s what I do which combines the best of these two approaches. write by hand then scan (or take a photo) and upload to evernote. Evernote has Optical Character Recognition and will allow you to search your notes even if they are handwritten!

  7. says

    “Finding” time as an expression has always amused me as it implies that we’ve lost something.

    “Honey, I can’t find time to read.”

    “When did you last have it dear?”

    I’m able to read a great deal in a week for almost the exact same reasons you document. My current lament is I am not opting to read a sufficient amount of fiction, something I plan on correcting promptly.

  8. Allen says

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention one of my favorite places to read: the bathroom! Although you can’t read all that much in a short time, I sometimes overstay my visit to the bathroom while reading a book. I also rekindle my interest (or lose it) for book while truly multi-tasking.

  9. Paula says

    I used to read 3-5 books a day also. Even when my son was young and everyone told me I would not have the time to read. Unfortunately, I am now unable to stay awake long enough to read more than a few pages a night. This happens when I pick up my book during the day also. There are so many books I want to read but am unable to do so with the swiftness I once knew.

  10. Pradeep says

    Hi,

    An avid follower of your blog. There is one thing which I was not able to fathom.

    If you look at Warren Buffett, he reads a lot, but not books. If I understand right, he reads 10-Ks, 10-Qs and industry publications a lot. From whatever I have read about him, he sparingly reads general books. Compared to him, Charlie Munger seems to be someone like you – A voracious reader across genres. This leaves someone like me a bit confused. My goal is to become a very good investor over the long term. With that end goal in mind, is it better to spend more time reading 10Ks and 10Qs or should one spend more time acquiring worldly wisdom. You might not have an answer to this – But I do face this conundrum every now and then on how to allocate my time. When I pick a concall transcript, I could very well pick a classic to read as well. Applying your 10,000 hour rule, it seems the former is more important. But applying the Munger principle, latter is more important. Or does it change with your age and where you are in your goal? I am at early stages (29 years old) of my investing career. Is there a way to think through this time allocation?

    RPK

    • Anoop Sharma says

      fantastic question Pradeep. I have the same issue as well albeit with technical books versus books on worldly wisdom. As you said, the former is equally if not more important and more often than not they are the hardest to read. I think reading books on general wisdom creates latticework as munger calls it where we can latch facts or principles. I believe Nassem Taleb reads facts or principles based books as much as books on general wisdom or fiction. But, still would love to get any insight on how to read what we call “textbooks” for mastering a subject from Shane.

    • Shane Parrish says

      Pradeep,

      That’s a great question for which I will have a wholly unsatisfactory answer. I do however have some thoughts.

      I believe that Buffett has said in the past, that he reads q’s and k’s during the day and other reading at night.

      When he was younger, I bet this was different. I believe he was fully immersed in Q’s and K’s, likely with little outside reading that wasn’t business related.

      Munger, on the other hand, tends to be more of a ‘reader’ in the traditional sense.

      Both of these people are phenomenal investors on their own. (So it seems that either system could work. I think a lot of it relates to temperament and your personality. Reading Q’s and K’s won’t make you a better investor unless you (a) enjoy that and (b) are learning from them, etc. Reading should be hard work. A lot of things, i think can be acquired either way, for instance, you’ll get a decent sense of history from books and Q’s and K’s…)

      There is no doubt that Buffett is incredibly smart, but I think, to some degree, he plays down how much “work” it is and what he does behind the scenes.

      The combination of these people with a lot of adjacent skill sets is part of what’s led to Berkshire.

      Another thread I’ve been gnawing on recently is that knowledge is important the environment where you exercise that is also important. Buffett and Munger don’t sit around waiting for emails all day. They position the environment to make good decisions.

  11. Richard Donovan says

    Excellent. I’m a reader too. Don’t have TV. And being retired helps. I get too many magazines, which means I read fewer books than I’d like. Thanks for the great post.

  12. says

    Great post! I love to read as well and people don’t get why I buy books – either why I buy in general or why I buy some in hard form and some ebooks. Though I don’t get through that many per week (grad school gets in the way) I know I certainly make it through many more than peers and often quote “I read a book about that” or “I read that in an article”…Keep up the great reading and promotion.

  13. David Harris says

    My problem is that I read so much for work that it leaves me little time to read what would probably be more enriching in the longer term. I’m sure, as a money manager, that you must read hours of research a week. I don’t watch TV or do any of the other time wasters that you list (although I have a wife and two kids who aren’t thrilled when I’m reading rather than paying attention to them). I also spend a lot of time at the piano composing. But my main constraint is the time spent reading Barron’s, WSJ, analyst research, et al.

  14. Neeli Clute Lambert says

    The BEST gift from my parents was no TV. I HATED it at the time, but became a voracious reader. Now, as a neuroeducator, I better understand the lifelong benefits of early vocabulary and reading immersion. The greater the depth of your vocabulary, the richer the experience of reading the same material, literally…

    My tricks for finding time changed pre and post-parenthood. I discovered the secret described in “Spark” by John Ratey as I read and studied on the stepper in college. I still love the mental rush that combining the two can provide. I read on an old wagon, while my horse grazed, with my flashlight under the covers, and even on the back of a motorcycle on long trips.

    My son used to bat my books in jealousy as I nursed him to get my attention. I simply read out loud to him instead, even when I read advanced material. He loved it and he is articulate with a vocabulary way beyond his twelve years today. Now I understand being read to releases pleasure chemicals in the brain. We listen to audiobooks in the car, as we do art, paint walls, and while I cook. It feeds my creativity, inspires my thoughts, and keeps boredom at bay.

    Perhaps I am a book nerd, but I also am a dedicated mother, decent athlete, artist, musician, and outdoor enthusiast. All things inspired and made possible with unplugged time. Oh, and I am a fan of technology, too…

  15. Anil Kumar Tulsiram says

    Thanks a lot for sharing. I will try to use each and every tip you have shared.

  16. Karl M says

    Great post as usual Shane and good comments too.
    My three little thoughts:

    1. Reading non-fiction serves to incrementally increase knowledge, but too much reading leaves too little time to analyse situations (and then “use-or-lose-it tendency” kicks in). Someone once said “learning without thought (i.e. application in some form) is labour lost.”

    2. My old-fashioned reading method: when reading for example Munger’s recommended books, put a thin stack of 30 post-it book markers into the inside first page and gradually stick each one to the top 30 most important parts/ paragraphs of the book. After all, surely as much as 95% of a book’s usefulness comes from just 5% of the pages?
    6 months later, just read the 30 tabs in the space of one hour, to recap on the most important points in that book. Books with fewer than 10 post-it note tabs are sold/ given to the charity shop. So it’s a simple method over time to raise your ‘opportunity cost’ of keeping a small library of only the best books around.

    3. If an amazon.com book’s top 20 “most useful” reviews include more than 10 reviews by people who have only reviewed that one book are a couple of other trivial things, don’t buy the book. It speaks volumes about the author. This can save 10s of hours a year on avoiding poor books.

    Relating to your post Shane on investing in time and reading- perhaps time is too precious to waste it on most books.

  17. Jason says

    Great article! I am constantly trying to find time to read as well. I work a cubicle job and always keep a paperback in my back pocket. Bathroom breaks, lunch time, anytime during the day. At night it is not so easy (5 kids) but I still get time because I am like you, I could care less about Keeping up with the Kardashians or anything else on tv. Just rediscovered Snow Falling on Cedars. (Classic!)

  18. says

    Great post, as usual. I prefer physical books. Whenever I read an ebook and then see the physical copy in a store, I feel like I’ve missed out.

    Have you considered learning to speed-read? I’m working on my speed.

  19. Graham says

    There are a few things for me to try here, although I’m already not watching much TV – unless you count being in the room while my 3 year old son watches Peppa Pig.
    3 year old sons are not conducive to ever sitting and reading for an hour or two by the way.
    I used to have about 2.5 hours of commuting a day, but moved and have a much shorter time to read in. I ride my bicycle to work most of the time now and listen to audiobooks, and I’m finding that is good but not great. I need at least an ebook version as well so I can revisit parts of them.
    When I commuted my routine was read a magazine on the way in, a book on the way home, look at twitter and things when standing around waiting.

  20. lemming says

    Interestingly my husband managed to read all the time too.
    When he cooks a meal (and he cooks better and more frequently than I do), he has a kindle or book in one hand and stirs the pot with the other. When I cook a meal I chop veg, put it in the pot, do the washing up, stir the pot, empty the dish washer, stir the pot, sing to the children, stir the pot…

    I love reading too but in our house the choice is reading or engaging with the kids, cleaning, tidying, gardening…

  21. Little Meatball says

    Do you find the time talk to your friends, make love to your significant other and children, have a heated argument with colleagues, see art with your own eyes, watch Shakespeare played on stage, smell the roses, and experience life through your own senses and intuition rather than through others’ experiences described with words? I am also curious how old you are. I used to be a voracious reader but once I hit middle age I begin to feel like I have missed life that is outside of books but is my own, and I have made a conscious effort to read less and live more, for life is finite.

  22. HR says

    I love reading, but I’m a really forgetful guy – have really poor memory.

    How do you think I can improve my retention – I can barely remember anything about a book about 6months to a year after I’ve read it – I have no takeaways, hence de-incentivizing me from reading more :(

  23. William Kerr says

    I have been using Acereader for many years to get through my internet reading and any other important, but not necessarily deep, reading.

    It allows me to read, with great comprehension, at upwards of 800 words per minute due to the single flashed word process. This eliminates the back-and-forth eye movement that slows down the reading process.

    It’s not speed reading and I believe that AceReader has a trial period where you can check out the program.

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  25. Jen says

    Thank you for another well rounded and beautifully written piece. Admittedly I am fascinated by your mind, and your described reading and knowledge acquisition focused lifestyle. I imagine you have a seriously large book collection (of which I am somewhat jealous). Please keep up the good work of sharing what you’re reading and what you’re intrigued by – it’s truly inspiring and much appreciated!

  26. says

    One of my favorite expressions is (and I don’t remember who said it), “There’s no difference between a man that cannot read and one that does not read”.

    My wife tells me all of the time, “God help us when you die. What are we going to do with all of these books?”.

    I say, “Can I take them with me?”