If you read a book, and you don’t remember much, is that time wasted?
When someone asks me about books that I read several years back, I often remember very little from them. Does that mean I should read less, or differently? Even for fiction, where learning facts is not the goal, if I can’t come up with a choice quote, or really understand how/if it affected me, maybe that’s a bad thing. After all, life is short.
First, it is definitely possible to read better. Robert Heaton lays out a system, which I would like to use but don’t.
<p>To try and get more reps in, I think that books should be read in two phases:</p>
- Read and annotate the book in a way that makes it easy to scan and digest once you have finished
- Once you have finished the book, make a “writeup”. This involves summarizing the book, doing further research and making flashcards (using Anki)