Are you a bookworm? Do you love to read new books? In relation to these question, think whether you really feel this and what exactly you feel.
Undeniably, reading a book is a very personal experience. Some people read a book and lose themselves when there is a food for thought, some individuals highlight the most important parts and quickly move on, others read just to pass the time without considering the process as anything important while others read just to finish a book. There are many approaches to books, however, some of them are not exactly efficient. This article will help you to explore the reading strategies which will not give you any desired effects for reading.
The challenge strategy
With an app or a platform like Goodreads, some find it a racing platform to just complete a challenge of finishing set target goals. A mindset to learn something out of a book is a way important than just completing a challenge of reading a particular number of books. It may give you a sense of accomplishment for a while and a sense of reputation online, however, personally you are not honestly reaping something out of the book. Having a learning mindset is pretty important even for a simple and easy-going novels as it can always teach you something crucial when you are absolutely devoured by the book.
Going through the books for a challenge might be motivating, yet, you are risking ending up finishing them mechanically which deprives the reading process of any sense and quality.
The mindset approach for reading books
Reading a book might appear to many people as something one of the most boring and painful things in the world. Probably, you told yourself many times “Alright! Sit down, buckle up and read”. This actually can happen with people who have adopted the approach of a challenge which has been described above.
Unfortunately, many individuals willing to start reading more books are struggling with their internal preprogramming since they are constantly repeating to themselves how unpleasant they found the process of reading and how it is not their thing. As a result, they more and more believe in such affirmations and reading indeed becomes extremely unpleasant for them. This is highly disruptive approach.
In fact, people who are continuously repeating such affirmations to themselves are particularly prone to fail to benefit from the challenge strategy for reading books as they will just keep on reading because they believe they have to do it instead of really getting pleasure out of the process.
Going through summaries of books
The process itself is not much of an effective way of reading a book. This is more of a no and it will certainly not work if you want to learn to read more. Reading a book is actually a way deeper and profoundly insightful when it comes down to help you digesting all the information on a different level. This is certainly impossible if you will be doing by just listening to someone summarising a book for you.
You might not agree with such a statement believing in book summaries being highly effective for learning the core concepts of a piece of literature. Let me tell you that listening to a long book summarized is fantastically effective and actually useful only when you have read the whole book in the first place. I often meet lot of people who play it and think it is really smart to read just the summary of a book and pointless to go over a whole book. Imagine how much the person already knows about the book to the point that they are actually able to summarise a whole book. As a recipient of a summary, you can get only a fraction of this knowledge. That is certainly not what the person who is actually creating such summaries knows about the books. The knowledge of such an individual is very deep and pure and you can also have it if you resign from preferring summaries over complete books. In addition to it, reading the entire book on your own you can decide for yourself what really matter to you in that particular piece of literature. It is impossible to do it when you are already going through the summary written by another person than the author of the original book. Doesn’t it sound a way more interesting and from the depth?