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Monday
Feb292016

My Book Challenge - Update

I’ve finished The Soldier’s Art and am now starting on the second part (of three) of Napoleon the Great. Reading one book at a time throws into relief the difference in speed between reading different types of book. So far I’ve had a popular science book (very fast), two fairly literary novels (fast), a history (slow) and a prose poem (very slow).

As well as being a slow read the Napoleon book is also very long, so it may be a while before I finish the second part. But finish it I will. No-list systems, such as the ones I have been testing, are ideal for just continuing to chip away at a reading project like this.

Anyway, I left Napoleon, having overthrown the Directory, poised to take on the mantle of First Consul…

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I just listened to this podcast - lots of useful ideas on "managing reading workflow":

http://productivityist.com/podcast-82-mike-dariano/

"On this episode of the show, Mike is joined by Productivityist's resident book reviewer and fellow avid reader Mike Dariano. They talk about how they go about reading and what they do differently to keep their reading workflow...flowing.

"The goal of this episode is to inspire you to find a way to read more without overwhelming you in the process. Let's hope it does the trick!"
March 4, 2016 at 14:32 | Registered CommenterSeraphim
I hate podcasts - they take so long to listen to. I could read a transcript in a tenth of the time!

Any chance of your summarizing the main points?
March 4, 2016 at 15:46 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
I don't remember it well enough to summarize the main points. Basically, when is it OK to stop a book? They talked about their own personal rules and ideas how and why they do that.

One thing was intriguing enough that I decided to take action on it: Blinkist is a good service to get book summaries - http://app.blinkist.com - they have a "free" version as well as paid / premium versions. The premium version includes "Blinkest Audio" which I decided to try. Basically 15-minute audio summaries of new / "good" non-fiction books. I really like Audible and thought this would be a good supplement to that. They discussed this in the context of getting a "preview" of a book before committing the time to read the whole thing.
March 4, 2016 at 17:19 | Registered CommenterSeraphim
Thanks, Seraphim.
March 4, 2016 at 20:44 | Registered CommenterMark Forster

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