@universal_traveler Love the digital garden :) Some of your books seem to straddle this world and the virtual world and I'm very curious about those; added to my reading list. How do you take book notes? Do you underline/highlight as you go, or write them in a notepad as you read? Just wanted to understand your process.
@ayushsharma22 thanks for taking a look! My approach depends on my state of mind & reading format. I always start by documenting the Table of Contents. Next, I usually import Kindle highlights and notes, or I type out excerpts from physical books, or I’ll paraphrase as I go instead of just excerpting. My next step is to continuously take notes reflecting my thoughts about what I’ve read, finding parallels with other info, & distilling the important info within the context that I found it useful.
@universal_traveler Thanks Sarah. My process is pretty similar I guess. I was also wondering how much time it takes you to read one book? Also, do you partition out dedicated time to read, or is it more whenever the mood strikes? I also have different kinds of books to read, like those related to work and some for relaxation and personal growth. Do you manage times for these separately?
@ayushsharma22 I wish I could say I have a good system in place, but so much of my reading is driven by intuitive decisions because I'm in a million places at once.
I do differentiate between reading to learn & reading for pleasure. I do a lot of the latter, & less of the former unless I'm prepared to maximize it by taking notes.
I'll sometimes read a book straight through in one or two days if I'm fascinated. In other cases, it will take me years if my mind wanders, which it does often 👀 what about you?
@universal_traveler I guess you and I are in the same boat :) The distractions are killer, it's hard to just focus on a book when there's so much going on in my head. I find some books, especially Douglas Adams or scifi, have a tendency to hook me enough that I don't wander. Work-related books are much harder, and I find sometimes I've already forgotten what I read in the previous chapter, but just highlighting things and noting in Notion helps sometimes, and blogging is a good way to crystalize thoughts.
@ayushsharma22 Yeah sounds like we have a lot in common, including sci-fi :)
For awhile I used spaced repetition via Anki to retain more of the non-fiction material I read. It was really helpful, but the workflow to turn my book notes into flash cards was too intensive.
Also, I love Notion and use it for almost everything else but my book notes lol. I'm using my digital garden as the place to share thoughts and notes publicly, mainly because I have more control with the presentation than I do in Notion.
@universal_traveler So what are your top 3 scifi books? I mean books you could read forever if you were stuck on an island?
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