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Apr 27, 2019 18:19:14

Becoming a Better Reader

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Basile Samel

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A good writer is a good reader, everyone knows that. So read books, read others. You can even read yourself, your own existence is probably the best book there is.

A good reader reads. A great reader reads twice. Once to understand, and once to analyze.

Understanding implies leaving your body to get in the shoes of the author. You must shut down your inner voice and listen with the intent to feel completely, regardless of your own opinions. The first read is a glance of compassion where you must abandon yourself to the moment and the writer.

You cannot make yours what you do not understand. Only when you understand can you truly digest what's being fed to you.

The second read gives you lasting nutrients. It's about tying the micro to the macro, tying what's being said to reality. It starts with identifying the structure of the book: parts, chapters, sections, paragraphs... together they form a delicate meal. Each unit has its flavor, its key takeaways. Writing those down in relation to the overall structure is finding the hidden recipe, the underlying message.

All that's left is for you to come up with your own cooking. Congrats, you're a Chef reader.

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    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Apr 28, 2019 20:50:14
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    @basilesamel - My brother shared a TED talk with me some years ago and I immediately said I wanted to read whatever this person writes.
    He was puzzled.... he asked me why I wanted to read the book when I just heard a perfect 18 minute summary of the book.
    It was a genuine question by someone who likes the to get the summarized versions that get straight to the point.
    What I told him is similar to what you write up with this post. There is an aha moment that is earned when reading books that are written so well that they make you pause... go back... re-read and pause to take it in again. Those rare moments that you will read hundreds of pages to experience. It is a treat like no other. And if a book has more than one such aha moment - they are classics. Man's search for meaning had multiple aha-s for me. So well written. I need to revisit that book again.

    Thank you for this great write-up and reminder.

    Keni avatar Keni | Apr 27, 2019 22:49:50
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    @basilesamel What interval do you recommend between the first read to understand and the second read to analyze? If it's a book, do you read the whole book through once and then start a second read or do you perform second reads at different sections of the book?

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 27, 2019 11:22:59
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      @brandonwilson Whatever works :P It depends on the mood and the length of the book. I usually prefer reading everything at once, but if the book is boring me I will perform the latter.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 27, 2019 20:34:49
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    @basilesamel some of us read twice... to understand lol :)

    Good stuff

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Apr 27, 2019 17:34:11
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