Read More Books Now by Brandon Vogt – Summary

My key points from Brandon Vogt’s Book, Read More Books Now. 

1. Reading better is like building muscles – Just like working out, we eventually become strong readers.

2. Build a Good Library – Used book stores, etc. Also ask experts: “What five books would you recommend to me?”

3. Always Have a Book – audible & kindle help too.

4. Challenge Yourself – 30 min a day = new book each week (whole Bible 3 times a year). Shelf challenge — try to clear out an entire shelf.  Reading group.

  • “The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” — CS Lewis

5. Don’t Be a Slave – choose books wisely, ones you enjoy & find helpful.

  • “Never force yourself to read a book that you do not enjoy,” wrote Atwood Townsend, “There are so many good books in the world that it is foolish to waste time on one that does not give you pleasure.”
  •  “What counts, in the long run,” wrote Eleanor Roosevelt, “is not what you read; it is what you sift through your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions that are aroused in you by your reading.”

6. Learn to X-Ray – Every book has a skeleton hidden between its covers. Your job as an analytical reader is to find it. X-raying has two purposes. First, to understand the book’s core message. Second, to determine whether it’s worth reading. 20-30 minutes. 1. Read the summary. 2. Learn about the author. 3. Determine the publisher and date. 4. Read the reviews. 5. Examine the Table of Contents. 6. Browse the references. 7. Read the Introduction and Conclusion. 8. Scan the first and last paragraphs in each chapter.

7. Change It Up –Vary the genre (many books at once from different genres), format (print, electronic), novelty (old & new), depth

8.  Forget About Speed Reading – b/c you miss the book’s meaning.  x ray instead to skip irrelevant.  tips to read faster: stop saying words, use reading guide (finger or pen), stop re-reading (index card on-top)

9. Mark Up Your Books — Books are tools, not museum pieces. Keeps us attentive. Box key terms. Underline sentences. Mark key paragraphs. Trace arguments. Record questions. Summarize important passages & chapters (1 sentence for each chapter).

10. Engage the Author – To read a book well means engaging its author. You must chew on and wrestle with his work. Ask questions — “Wisdom begins in wonder” ~ Socrates.

11. Retain What You Read – Post X-ray = revisit the book, write a short review, retain your notes, apply what you read.


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