Quick Tip For Nonfiction Reading

Mark this quick tip down for my fellow book worms, but here it is: take notes while you read.

I recently started creating a fresh Evernote each time I start a nonfiction book. Nonfiction only, for the record. I wouldn’t recommend interrupting the flow of a wonderful fiction read for this. As I make my way through, I typically use voice dictation (saves typing time) to highlight anything that stands out to me or I want to remember.

Here is an example of my note from Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam:

book notes

I don’t worry about grammar or coherence when I take these book notes. I simply want to get the facts down and move on. And although it’s not life-changing, I will say that I have found this change helpful for a variety of reasons:

  1. It helps me remember the main points of the book. Have you ever gotten to the end of a book and forgotten some of the things that the author suggested? Taking notes helps to retain more information.
  2. It allows me to more easily recap & recommend books to others. I can clearly describe what the book was about and recommend it (or not) to someone else.
  3. It’s a nice refresher for when I want to look back but not re-read the whole book. Unfortunately, most books only have a few key takeaways. It is rare to find a book worth re-reading entirely. This tip saves me time since I can reference my book notes rather than reading the entire thing again.

Thoughts? Would you ever do this too? Do you have any other tips to share? Let me know in the comments below or here.

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