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Medium prompts me to ‘Write a story’ and today I wanted to write about reading. Hence the title for this post! Tons of articles have already been written on why you should read, what happens if you read, what happens if you don’t read.
So what am I going to tell you different about reading? Well, this will be more of a summary of what I think about reading and why I should read. It is a note-to-self, but a public one — and a one that could also apply to you!
Reading takes you on a different journey. Away from the actual world around you. And when you finish reading a book and come back into this world, you now possess something vital — the knowledge about things, the learnings which you can put to practice in your lives.
It does depend on what kind of books you read though — don’t expect yourself to be enlightened by reading some stupid books written by an author who can’t dance but still judges a dance show. You get my point, right?
Choose the right books
Which books are right for you? You be your own judge. Always read the description, summary, a sample chapter or even a review from your friend about the book you are considering to read. You will get your answer.
While reading a book…
Take notes. Write a summary or a short review about whatever it is that you read. These could be things that you want to save from the book and bring it into your life — changes or improvements.
After reading the book
This one step is as crucial as completing the book itself. If you choose to not do this, your effort and time spent in reading that book will surely go vain!
All the learnings that you have jotted down, put them into action. Take small steps, don’t rush, but don’t give up. Also share the book with you fellow bookworm friends, either the physical book or a link to that book so they can buy their own copy, that’s your call.
Make friends with those who read. I have quite a few who really read a lot of books and sometimes swear by the authors they have read. Beware of that. 😂 Nevertheless, do share your book experiences and recommendations with each other.
And remember. No actions, no progress. You will remain in the same situation, same cycle of life. So take actions, make progress.
I haven’t read books in a very long time. I keep reading Medium a lot, but that’s not enough reading I think. And maybe I just miss reading the old school way — from actual paper books. So I have decided to challenge myself into reading at least 10 books by the end of this year. Do look forward to reviews of these books that I’ll read!
Here are some of the books I am considering to read initially. If you want to buy them, I also have links to them — both paper and Kindle versions — whatever suits you. In case you do buy them, please use links I have provided. It will not make much of a difference to you, but it will make a difference to me.
- How to be Bawse by Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman)
Paperback: http://amzn.to/2qTKH1j & Kindle: http://amzn.to/2q3yC8A
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
Paperback: http://amzn.to/2pxRZD3 & Kindle: http://amzn.to/2r2Ao8B
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Paperback: http://amzn.to/2r0NWR1 & Kindle:http://amzn.to/2pAk0La
- Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy
Paperback: http://amzn.to/2pkVn9k & Kindle: http://amzn.to/2r0N6nl
And if you have any book recommendations for me, just leave me a comment, get in touch with me over Twitter! I will reply to you for sure! 🙂
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