The Little Guide To Your Well-Read Life - Steve Leveen - Levenger
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5.0

Jet fuel for the Well-Read Life!

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from Maurertown, VA

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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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5.0

Enabling My Biggest Addiction

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from Hartford, CT

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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!

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SOMETHING OF VALUE

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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.

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Give to every student...

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from Eugene, OR

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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.

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4.0

Get more out of your reading life

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from Texas

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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.

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5.0

Unexpected

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from Boston, MA

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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.

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A Gem!

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from Hatfield, PA

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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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