Book Notes: The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
There are books that would help you stop and change the way you are thinking/doing things. One such book that I read this year is The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction - Alan Jacobs.
My Jan 1st 2017 resolution is reading a 100 books this year (current count of books finished stands around 40 I guess..) The one thing that has slyly crept on to me this year is the “feeling of rush” to finish books fast. It became more of a mechanical task rather than a part intellectual and part emotional endeavour which one feels while reading a book.
Of all the books I’ve read this year, can I confidently say what a particular book is about? In some cases no, and in most cases I was doubtful and unsure. This has to stop! There is absolutely no point in turning pages.
So is it not possible to read a 100 books year and at the same time read deep and thorough?
This is exactly is what The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction - Alan Jacobs and How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler (notes will be published later) is all about.
I read these books 3 months ago and it has completely changed the way I read and my quality of reading has improved. The very act of organising & publishing notes from my reading in a downloadable form is a result of this book’s influence.