One of the most important things I’ve learnt in 2021 so far is how important it is to write Book notes after you read a book.
Our brain is a memory bank but it has its own capacity. When we write summaries of the books we read, we actively put our brain to think what’s important by jotting it down on a blank sheet of paper.
I definitely do not resonate with everything I read. In a Non-Fiction Book, there are some key takeaways that I would want to apply to my own life and there are some fillers and examples to amplify that point. The key is to retain what’s needed and throw away what’s extra.
The 3 Step Rule to write book notes :
1 – Make your Shorthand system to highlight the key points when you’re reading from a Paperback book. Or use the highlight option in Kindle or e-books.
2 – After completing every chapter, grab a sheet of paper and write the chapter in your own words (without referring to the book).
3 – When you finish reading the entire book, make sure to summarize the book in three points. The three things that you resonated with the most.
(Optional) Make a Good Reads account and write a review of the book for others to read or to track your own reading journey. Also, if you own a website, you can publicize your Book Notes because it’s always a good idea to make things public.
There are some striking books out there that have changed lives. They have significant knowledge stored in them but what’s the use of buying or reading them for 8 to 12 hours if the learnings don’t stick.
Taking book notes is a beneficial and time-saving practice. If you store them safely, you can re-visit them after several years down the line to refresh your memory.
It’s essential to be a picky reader when you read books. It’s not about how much you take in but about how much you can hold.