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10+ Best Articles on Reading

The most useful articles on reading from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Reading Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on reading by Refind users in 2023 so far.

  1. Reading Changes your Brain, let me explain.
  2. How to Remember What You Read
  3. Surgical Reading: How to Read 12 Books at Once
  4. How to make more time to read
  5. The Top 3 Most Effective Ways to Take Notes While Reading

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Short Articles

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Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles on reading.

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Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Reading, including:

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Ness Labs

The learning community for ambitious knowledge workers. Join us to think better, learn faster, and work happier: http://nesslabs.com/membership 🧠✨

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Aeon+Psyche

Aeon is a magazine of ideas and culture. Psyche is our sister magazine focused on the human condition. Visit http://aeon.co and http://psyche.co for more.

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Scott Young

My book, ULTRALEARNING, is out now: https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/ultralearning/

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Book Riot

The largest independent literary site in North America, bringing you news, bookish commentary, and recs for readers of all stripes.

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