I am continuing my quest to read a book each week during 2019. In order to keep myself accountable, (and interested readers informed), I’ve started a page that will be updated on an ongoing basis. It can be found as a submenu under Author’s Blog. The direct link is HERE.
It’s almost half way through the month of January already! Goodness, is time getting faster? Hmm, an interesting question to ponder, but not for today. Today, I’m well into reading my third book of the year, and as with the first two, there are aha moments to be had. Imagine my shock then, when someone asked me to recall the four major points of book two, and I was unable to think of them!
What? – didn’t see that coming! If she’d asked me the same question about four days earlier I’d have told her what they were. However, with my attention now firmly on book three, it seems the short-term memory had promptly forgotten the salient points of book two. Somehow that’s not the result I had in mind when I committed to reading 52 books this year.
So, to quote from my often-repeated reality statement, “Show me the lesson!”
Unless you are gifted with a photographic memory (which I am not), it’s unlikely that you will recall everything you expose your mind to. It was the same when you were in school and crammed at the last minute for an exam. The cramming might have got you through the exam, but a few days later the material was gone. I know this happens, and so do you, but somehow I failed to take it into account in approaching the reading of the first two books.
So what is the answer? The answer is “Interactive reading.” The simplest way to engage this concept when reading a book is to make notes. This can be done chapter by chapter as you read a book, or it can be deferred until the book is complete, in which case you can write yourself a short summary about what you got from the book, what you learned, and how it impacted you. I have chosen to take the latter approach, and have already been going back to the first two books to remind myself of the points that stood out for me.
Here’s the interesting thing, I actually incorporated this concept into This Book is the Perfect Gift. Every one of the 182 vignettes has space below it to write out what you think about what you just read. This is one of the most powerful, practical elements of the book’s concept and design. If you read the book and choose not to write notes, you’ll gain value, but not as much as if you take time to interact with the material. It’s for this reason that I have not published an e-book version, and at this stage have no plans to do so.
So, whatever you are reading today, I encourage you to consider engaging “Interactive Reading.” It will make all the difference in the world to your retention of the material, and the value it brings to your life.
Love and Light…
As an author, I love it when people read my books, it brings a sense of meaning to what I do, it fulfills an inner purpose. Well, if we live in a universe where balance is important, it means that I should also be willing to keep on reading the works of other writers, not just for my own education and edification, but also to give encouragement back to them. With this in mind, I’ve set myself an intention to read 52 books in the space of the 52 weeks of 2019. Furthermore, I’m using my facebook to be accountable to my audience, sharing what I’m reading as I begin each new book. Not every book will fall into the personal development genre, I’ll be exploring other interests of mine as well, and sometimes reading material that really stretches my mind with radical ideas.
So, how am I doing so far?
I began my reading program a few days into the year. My first choice was “Happiness Now” by Robert Holden. The book was completed within a week, and I found many aha moment revelations with its pages. I certainly would recommend it to readers of my own writings. Robert was also given a copy of my own “This Book is the Perfect Gift” by a mutual reader last year, so far I’ve been unable to contact him to see if he managed to spend any time with it.
During the first week of the year, I heard about “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz for the first time. Then in the space of 48 hours, three other people mentioned it. Then, as I walked into Chapters bookstore in Regina, Saskatchewan, there it was up front and center on a featured table at the entrance to the store. I figured somebody was trying to tell me something, so I bought it, and it was read within a day and a half, with even more powerful lessons being noted for my own life at this time. It truly is an amazing book.
So, today is only the 10th of January, and I am ahead of the game with two books down. So, I made the decision to dive into “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. In truth, I started reading it way back in 2009, but I only got half way through it before it was hitting away at pre-conceived beliefs I had. I put it down and did not get back to it until today. It will be very interesting to see how I respond to it this time around. I know I have changed my philosophies of life a lot in the last decade, so this book will put that notion to the test!
On top of these books, I grabbed a fresh hardback copy of “This Book is the Perfect Gift” out of my stock on January 1st, and as I advise others, I’m opening up a random vignette every day, but only writing notes on them every second day. I am loving how my own book ministers to me! How can it do this? It was written from my higher self, my connection to source. However, as with most people, I often live from my ego, my lower self. So, my own writing becomes a source of encouragement to me. I will grab a fresh copy every year, and allow the journals to keep track of my own spiritual growth too.
So, what are you reading today? I hope you are reading my book of course, but don’t read it in isolation. Read to inspire yourself, better yourself, expand your mind or challenge your long held assumptions. And for goodness sake, don’t just fill your mind with the newspapers! I say that as one who was a news reporter for six years!
Here is my reading journey so far this year in pictures. May this inspire you to be an avid reader.