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The Way You Read Says A Lot About Intelligence

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This is why the smartest people in the world own tons of books they don’t read.

https://medium.com/the-mission/the-way-you-read-books-says-a-lot-about-your-intelligence-find-out-why-c2127b00eb03
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People who actually put in the time to read and learn how to learn, unread books strewn across the house might actually be a sign of intelligence rather than the lack of it. The explosion of information in different mediums and formats, research tools to find the best information, and new apps to consume the information don’t just call for more reading. These call for new ways of reading.

Smart reading hack 1: View books as an experiment
Smart reading hack 2: Do Fractal Reading
a. Read 2–3 book summaries (Google search).
b. Listen to an author interview (podcast, Google).
c. Watch an author presentation (TED, Google, or university talk).
d. Read the most helpful 1-star, 2-star, 3-star, 4-star, and 5-star reviews (Amazon).
e. Read the first and last chapters of the book.
Smart reading hack 3: View your unread books as a reminder of how little you know
Smart reading hack 4: Abandon good books for great books.
Smart reading hack 5: Use books to create space in your mind for great ideas to collide
Smart reading hack 6: Read books like magazines
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Smart hack #3 is a good one. I always have to remind myself there are so many things I don't know so I need to read and learn new things continuously.
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Haha! Lately I consider it read once I read the wiki entry of a certain book or if I saw the movie adaptation. I don't have the time for books now.
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I often read book summaries. It's easier and you get all the important stuff. You also get to see the reviews so at least I'd know if the book is worth reading or not.
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Some really good hacks here. A new hack for me is fractal reading. I like reading books and this is a good one for non-fiction books. Without meaning to, if you combine interviews, summaries, podcasts, etc., you'd really get the gist of the book. This is a good gauge whether to buy the book or not.
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Viewing books as experiment, spending a few more dollars to find the right one, just like dating. Interesting. Lol.
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I skip a lot of chapters when I get bored reading. The next thing I know, I finished the book already. Some books can be so predictable. You don't have to read every chapter.
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