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Why Reading Books Should be Your Priority, According to Science

By Christina DesMarais 

Another good (and short) article on the benefits of reading books. Here are the links. A summary follows.

More than a quarter--26 percent--of American adults admit to not having read even part of a book within the last year. That's according to statistics coming out of the Pew Research Center. If you're part of this group, know that science supports the idea that reading is good for you on several levels.

  • Reading fiction can help you be more open-minded and creative.
  • People who read books live longer.
  • Reading 50 books a year is something you can actually accomplish.
  • Successful people are readers.
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Reading books is great. Reading and MARKING your books is even better. Like Mom always said, "Practice makes okay." So, grab a pencil and a book worth reading (not a brain-candy novel) and start working out a system of marginalia.



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The Key to remembering, organzing, and using everything you read.

References for using 4x6 notecards as a didactic tool. Ryan Holiday seems to have the easiest system to grasp at first and put into practict. The following is from him (tweaked only a little by me).

  1. If I have a thought, I write it down on a 4×6 notecard and identify it with a theme -- or if I am working on a specific project, where it would fit in the project. 
  2. Most of the time, what I write down are quotes. Or sentences in my own writing, words I like, questions I have, or examples I think might fit somewhere and want to learn more about.
  3. The key to this system is the ritual: Read a book or an article and diligently mark the passages and portions that stand out at you. If you have a thought, write it down on the page (this is called marginalia). A few weeks after finishing the book, return to it and transfer those notes/thoughts on to the appropriate note cards (waiting helps you separate the wheat from the chaff). 
  4. In the top left hand corner of each card, put a theme or category that this card belongs to. 
  5. Helpful tip: If you end up using the back of the card (I do it fairly often), note that on the front of the card.
  6. Periodically go back through the cards.



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