READ MORE BOOKS – Reading more books will do your learning good!

there is always the right book to read next

there is always the right book to read next

A short blog post for a Friday…

What do you read to keep learning?

I was asked, in a conference call today, what leadership blogs I read.  And, as I thought about it, I realized that I have pretty much quit reading leadership blogs.

(I have to be careful here…I am writing these paragraphs for my blog.  And, I certainly want people to read my blog…).

I read a few other kinds of blogs.  Some based on history issues; a couple dealing with political issues. I’m beginning to read more and more on racial issues.

But, as I thought about it, I realized my real answer is this:  I don’t read blogs in order to learn.  I read books in order to learn.

Every month, I read a minimum of three books very thoroughly and carefully, preparing a comprehensive synopsis of these books for the gatherings at which I deliver these synopses. (The First Friday Book Synopsis, and the Urban Engagement Book Club).

Two of the books are business books, and one of the books is a book dealing with social justice issues.

That’s three full books, every month.  And it is not unusual for me to add a fourth book which I prepare for a client by request. (And, I also read many, many sample pagers of other books, along with my “escape reading.”  These days, I am re-reading the earlier Gabriel Allon books by Daniel Silva).

But, all of these books have this much in common: A book is not short, thus providing a deeper dive.

Though of course I cannot remember everything I read in a book, I learn more and remember more because I am immersed in hours-long interactions with the book and its author(s).  What I read in a book lingers much longer with me. And when I prepare, and present, one of my synopsis handouts, it lingers longer still.

the "must-read..." stack always seems to grow bigger

the “must-read…” stack always seems to grow bigger

I have come to realize that reading short pieces makes for less learning.  (I have never seen a book on the world’s great blog posts). Longer readings offer more; more to ponder, more to be exposed to, more to learn and ultimately put into practice.

So, as i have said countless times on this blog, in many different ways:  READ MORE BOOKS.  Reading more books will do your learning good!

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