Reading with Reason

I possess a desire to derive more from reading and the many books I consume.

I’ve been contemplating ways to get more out of each book. I have many books, many unread books. But every book has a purpose. I purchase books because there’s some facet of ignorance in my storehouse of knowledge that needs to be filled in. So I buy these books, and they accumulate on shelves. I pick through them, read a book, and discover references to other books, and this is how the majority of my library grows and reading is guided.

However, many times I forget the exact reasons I was inspired to read the book in the first place.

As a result, I want to write a list of reasons on a sticky note of why this book needs to be read, and attach it behind the front cover. This way, whenever I pick up the book, I can see exactly why this book is important and relevant, its significance, how it fits into my understanding, and the history of knowledge and understanding and discovery.

In addition, I would like to write blog posts summarizing every book I read, maybe just hashing out thoughts as I read. Which should force me to read one book at a time, because at my current rate of 3-4 books, it’s far too much to write every day. It’ll keep my focus and allow me to get more out of my studies.

I’m currently reading 3 books:

  1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Harari
  2. Ideas by Husserl
  3. An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology by Bourdieu and Wacquant

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