"Want to read" and "what to read?": Discussion on reading lists
Reading is a big source of content for my Zettelkasten and I could imagine it is so for others. I would really like to hear how you all approach what to read.
Yesterday, Goodreads/Amazon decided to step further in the direction of being siloed and out of my control. I've been concerned about this for a while, so I've been thinking of what steps to take to be retain ownership of my reading log. However, it sparked some thoughts. I used Goodreads as "want to read" list, which is very different from a "to read". I read a good deal for my work, but that is a "need"; things I need for research or similar. But my "want to read" is mainly for the enjoyment of reading and learning about all sorts of topics.
When I pick a new book, I might browse through the "want to read" list and see what captures my attention, and mainly it is my guts doing the selection. Generally, this means I have one fiction book or biography that I can read before bed and one non-fiction book so I can... well... geek-out 🤓
A friend of mine said that the more important question is "what to learn" rather than "what to read". This approach seems very reasonable and is definitely how I approach my professional reading. This also ties into syntopical reading, which is the fancy word for reading multiple books/sources on the same topic in order to get multiple perspectives.
What do you do?
- Do you have a highly detailed reading plan?
- If a book is read with a goal in mind, do you put it down when that has been reached?
- Do you stumble into the library and pick the first book on the shelves?
- What is your best source of book recommendations? (not main!)
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