~17 min read · Jul 7th · There’s more to words than meets the eye. Deepen your appreciation of literature through the art of slow, attentive reading
From reading deeply, you gain experience as well as knowledge: you gain from reading literary works in all their unique particularity.
You probably already enjoy the ways that literary works entertain you, instruct you, move you. Recognising and understanding how they accomplish these things will enable you to deepen your appreciation still further and gain even more reward.
~15 min read · 2020-01-03 · Reading books is one of the best habits you can create for yourself. Here are seven easy habits you can implement to finish more books next year.
Habit #1: Never feel guilty about putting a book down and starting a new one. Habit #2: Build a library in your Amazon wishlist. Habit #3: Listen to more books. Habit #4: Progressively reduce your temptation to do something easier. Habit #5: Set aside thirty minutes before sleep for reading. Habit #6: Delete social media from your phone, add Kindle instead. Habit #7: Create a deeper learning project.
Reading is a habit of compounding growth. Learn more and you’ll generate ideas and enthusiasm for making other changes.
7 min read · 2020-10-29 · Unread books can be as powerful as the ones we have read, if we choose to consider them in the right light.
For Umberto Eco, a private library is a research tool. The goal of an antilibrary is not to collect books you have read so you can proudly display them on your shelf; instead, it is to curate a highly personal collection of resources around themes you are curious about. Instead of a celebration of everything you know, an antilibrary is an ode to everything you want to explore.
an antilibrary may even be an antidote to the Dunning–Kruger effect, where we tend to overestimate the extent of our knowledge. Whether in a private or a public library, being surrounded by books we haven’t read yet—in the case of Umberto Eco, too many books to read in a lifetime—is a humbling experience.
~13 min read · 2020-08-10 · In 2016, I read 57 books. I read like I was running out of time. It felt like an achievement, yet by the end of the year, I could scarcely recall even one useful idea from each book. That moment was a…