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Jet fuel for the Well-Read Life!
from Maurertown, VA
Read this book to enrich all your reading experiences!Steve offers tips and techniques for getting more out of -- and retaining more from -- your reading. He includes making better reading choices, and just in general, how to be a more intentional reader and derive more pleasure and satisfaction from your reading. There were several "aha's" for me, one of which is his conviction that you should have a great many books on your shelves that you HAVEN'T read yet but want to. He likened it to having a well-stocked pantry...when you get hungry, it's so satisfying to have some nice choices! He offered a lively discussion about the "Footprint leavers" (those who make notes in their books) and the "Preservationists." He is a Footprint Leaver, but does not pass judgment on Preservationists. He is also a big fan of audio books and finds them to be a wonderfully rich way to experience a good book that is well narrated.Since I am a Footprint Leaver and my husband is a Preservationist, I see some duplication of books in our future (those that we both want to read), but I plan to read this wonderful book again very soon to make sure I don't miss any of the nuggets. In fact, I'm getting ready to order my own copy so I can leave footprints ;-)
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Enabling My Biggest Addiction
from Hartford, CT
Any serious -- or not so serious -- reader should read this book. I already have an extensive record of my reading for the last 30+ years, but this book still had some great ideas for me. Two in particular were about audiobooks and having lots of books for back up.I had always been skeptical about audiobooks. I figured, if I want to read it, I'll read it. But Leveen makes the case that audiobooks are another way to "read" additional books each year. So, I decided to try it. I have long commutes and I love listening to audiobooks. I listened to books I wouldn't otherwise read in all probability. I've listened to a lot of books about the Founding Fathers. Also, other presidents, history, current affairs. And, some novels I never would have spent the time to read -- a great solution for the very long later Harry Potter volumes.On having plenty of books on hand. I already have a bookshelf full that should keep me reading for decades, now I don't feel guilty about that.Great book!
SOMETHING OF VALUE
At first, I thought this might be one of those touchy-feely books that would appeal to retired English teachers. But no. I found it had direct personal application to me and my life style. Unable to read as much as I'd like to, I discovered this little guide helped me to focus on the possible and time-manage my days. With oral books, I can double my consumption while oil painting and running. Put it all together, and I've tripled my reading. Call it motivation.
Give to every student...
from Eugene, OR
If you are in any way connected to the academic world, read this book and pass out copies.First, it is an easy read; Second, it encourages thinking; Third, it provides simple solutions to age-old questions.This should be part of every student entering any sort of college-community, technical, 4-year. Hm, how about seniors in high school.
Get more out of your reading life
What sounded like a nice little how-to turned out to be a source for truly new insights into my reading life. This book is a series of simple ideas to help the avid reader make decisions on what to read, what not to read, when to give up on a book, and how to retain more of what you read.I read this book three years ago, and have employed many of the ideas in my everyday reading, including a reading journal. I don't write in my books, but now I createa page or three of notes as I read each book. This alone has really added to my enjoyment, retention, and ability to find the common threads in what I am reading.highly recommended for any serious, lifetime reader.Os.
from Boston, MA
Upon seeing the title, I was curious what this book could put forth to someone who is an avid reader. Suffice to say that I read Chapter 2 twice, and there are underlines and margin notes throughout. It is a delightful read, packed with wit, wisdom and ideas - a perfect gift.
from Hatfield, PA
This book is a little gem that, read alongside an essay like C. S. Lewis's "On the Reading of Old Books", will both encourage and guide readers; it would be excellent for high school students who are beginning to wonrder what to read, why, and how.Two suggestions are invaluable: (1) list those books that have been most meaningful to you as a guide to what truly interests you; (2) don't wait to get a book until you think that you have time to read it--have a shelf full of "wanna-reads" (I think that he could raise the number of books to read that you have on hand to 40-50).I highly recommend this, and am sure that readers--even relatively sophisticated ones--will be pleased and delighted with Steve's advice.
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