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Sunday, February 24, 2019

How to Read 80ish Books a Year (And Actually Remember Them) | Level Up - GQ.com


Plus: how to take better notes, and why you should quit bad books, summarizes Clay Skipper, Staff Writer — GQ.

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Reading is a skill that once you’ve learned, you probably don’t spend much time trying to get better at. (Not all that different from, say, breathing.) And yet, many of us don’t have to look far to see signs that there’s plenty of room for improvement. We only read at the end of the day—and only for the three minutes between cracking open a book and falling asleep. We’re halfway through about nine books. And our bookshelves are littered with titles that we remember reading but don’t exactly remember anything about..

Shane Parrish is not one of us. He cannot afford to read at a lackluster level. His site Farnam Street has become immensely popular largely because of his ability to mine a deep library for ideas that will help “you develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life.” What does that mean?

It also means that Parrish is uniquely suited to give you some actionable advice on how to optimize your reading—to read more, to get more out of that reading, and, most importantly, to give you permission to quit those five or six books you started and really don’t want to finish.
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Source: GQ.com via Pocket.