There are thousands of books which are good. And enough for you to choose from. But then there are new books which keep popping up everyday.
In the course of history, millions of books have been written. And now, because of the easy self publication – everyone is writing a book. Now, there are a million books in a month. There is no way you can read all of them.
The same analogy is true for many forms of entertainment. Thanks to the internet, anyone can make entertainment videos. And so they are making them. Earlier, you used to rely on movies.
Your life is limited by the number of years. You would be lucky if you can cross the 100 year mark. And if you do so, then reading books won’t be your pastime. Chances are you will be struggling to eat and just get by. That’s the reason most people don’t want to live beyond 100 years.
So many books, how do you even choose? What if you pick up a bad book. And then you have wasted so many hours.
Those hours won’t come back. But if you keep thinking too much then you will find yourself waiting. And you will end up taking no action. What good is that too?
The Notion Of Ending Books
It has been embedded in your minds that you should finish the book. And it is seen as a social signal. When someone doesn’t finish the book, they aren’t viewed as a genuine book reader.
This is a bad thing. Because not all books are supposed to be read in its entirety. When you read a book and it gets boring – you may stop. Because it was the writer’s job to make it interesting. It’s okay to stop when you feel bored.
Then there are certain books which have 2 to 3 main themes and rest are just examples. This happens a lot in non-fiction self help books.
If you get the gist of those main themes within 2 chapters, you can go and check out the next book.
Also, this isn’t a parameter or judgement on anyone. You pick up a book, read and feel free to stop it. If you need it, you can come back later.
You don’t have to read books cover to cover. See the chapters, read whatever interests you. There is limited time and you decide what is best for you.
Old Classics Vs New Trendsetters
If a certain book has survived decades then there are definitely some golden nuggets in them. Or if it’s a fiction book, then the story is amazing.
So go ahead and shop a few books from the classic sections. But you are living in the world which keeps changing. Let’s take marketing as an example – a classic book will provide you with the fundamentals. But today’s marketing formula will be found in new books.
Hence, you need a mix. For new books, judge the book by its title and cover. And buy them if you like them. If you are at a bookstore, read a paragraph or two from the book. If it intrigues you then buy the book. Even if the book gives you one wisdom, it’s worth the price.
Also. if your friend is an avid book reader – ask for suggestions and buy the books. When you read a book – you might find an idea or thought which will stick with you.
And that will bring out a major change in your life, your outlook and things you can do. Also, buy random books sometimes. You never know you might land on some unknown gems.
How To Read Books
If you are reading fiction then chances are you are reading for story, entertainment and passing time. Let the book involve you and immerse yourself. The imagination will take you to places. And it will open up your mind. If it happens to teach you a few wisdom then fine. Else, you are just enjoying a good story.
When you read non-fiction, make notes of things which are amazing. I take notes in my note making app. The title is – ‘Wisdom to live life by’. And every month, I revisit to imbibe the thinking.
You can make markings in the book too. That way, you can revisit the book anytime you have a specific problem.
Also when you mark the best things in the book, you don’t have to waste time next time. Just get to the meaty part. And take those lessons to your mind for thinking, sharing or taking actions.
One of the best ways to read a book is within a book club. You may join an existing one or create one with your friends.
Every week you meet. And each will discuss the learnings from the book. A chapter by each one. So you will have read 4 chapters. Just by reading one and listening to 3 other chapters. Also, you will get multiple perspectives from your friends.
This works best for non-fiction books. For fiction books, I recommend reading the entire book by yourself. Let your imagination take you to places. And if you want, you may talk with your friend later about some golden moments in the book.
Books Can Change Your Life
When an author writes her book, she is pouring everything she can into it. Years of experience, emotion and love. She wanted that book to be in this world as a work of hers.
A bad book also teaches you something. Hence, books are the best investment in the world.
When you find yourself struggling to choose, pick any or multiple books. You will have a great time.
Read enough books and you will realize how things have moved you. And subconsciously you are aware of many things. You have changed. And now you are moving in a much better direction.
Books can make you laugh, cry and think. It can propel you to take actions. And it changes your life.