@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 Iโ€™ll paraphrase as I go instead of just excerpting. My next step is to continuously take notes reflecting my thoughts about what Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ‘€ 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?

@ayushsharma22 ooh good question, here we go:

1: "Blindsight" by Peter Watts because I've never heard of aliens like these & because of the unique supernatural tie-in

2: "Raft" by Stephen Baxter because it explores the idea of universes with exotic physics

3: "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert Heinlein,ย mainly because I loved the AI character, not because I care much about libertarianism

Honorable mention is the "Tangents" short story compilation by Greg Bear

What are your top 3 sci-fi stories?


@universal_traveler Also, I'm reading Surveillance Capitalism right now from Shoshana Zuboff. it should count as sci-fi in my opinion. It's pretty scary and seems way out there, sadly I think most (all?) of it is true. But Huxley would have been proud.

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