Read Selectively

     Reading selectively means reading books that you truly believe you will enjoy, based on a combination of recommendations, reviews, and your interests.

     Although we need to read widely in various genres and time periods and characters, there is also this little thing called reading selectively that we can balance it with. Reading selectively and widely aren't opposites. They are complimentary. It's possible to read diversely and be confident you will not be disappointed by a book.

     Because there are so many books in the world, don't waste your time on books with three stars. Don't waste your time with an uninteresting book just because someone gave it to you.

     You need to look for the books that multiple trusted friends recommend. You need to look for books that draw you in. You need to look for books that you don't want to put down and can't wait to pick up again.

     We'll talk about the researching process in another post, but for now just think about which books you actually want to read. Those are the books that will help you read more and read better.

     Challenge for today: Pick up a book that you actually want to read.


This post is part of my 31 Days to a Better Reading Life series.

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