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Unread 22nd Jul 2009, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default Reading books more than once...?

Does anyone else find the need to read a book more than once to really absorb the wisdom found within the material? I end up finishing a book or audiobook and I find that I forget some things and I don't really know and fully understand the material.

Do you think it is normal to read a book more than once to really get the message? How many times would you think is normal to read a certain book to fully grasp the knowledge and fully understand through and through?
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Depends on the book. I read The Sciene Of Growing Rich 3 times, but any of Perry Marshall's stuff, I have to read a few more times, becuase of the technical content, and I'm not so technologically gifted.

There are people who read through their entire library every year, the idea is that you always miss something during the first read, and get it on subsequent reads.

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I do not read a book more than once
Some people might need to do that more than once to get the message

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I believe that you gain insight into different material everytime you read the book, depending on what is important for you to get out of the particular book at that moment. I never really looked at reading this way until I purchased photoreading. Now I often read the same book again with a different intention. I has also helped me to read faster and focus on what I need to get to and get out
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Absolutely. Some books I have read over and over and over throughout my whole life. Usually, the common denominator of books that I read time and again, is that the author is vastly more progressed than myself in understanding. Then, I find that as I grow myself over time, each re-read reveals something new to me that I didn't have the capacity to understand before.

A major example of that for me, though the subject matter isn't specifically relevant to this forum, is "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran. I first read that when I was about 12 and I've been re-reading it over and over again for the subsequent 18 years and getting something new out of it every time.

If you really feel that an individual has an advanced breadth of understanding, it would be a shame not to go back and re-read. Until you reach the same point as them or surpass them, you should be able to absorb more and more every single time you revisit.

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Depends on book.
for me science sure read it several times
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Yes, I have read some books more than once, especially the parts that I don't really get the first time. Like others said, it also depends on the book.

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I guess I'm more of an auditory learner. I seem to comprehend and remember audio books much better than reading. In books, I would get to chapter 3 and forget what I just read in chapter 1. I must have read "Think and Grow Rich" 4 times, but I got much more out of it when I listened to it on audio book.
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Its true reading more than once it depend on your interest
I have read Law book 5 times
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Really, it depends on the book.

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I think it depends on your previous knwoledge of the issue. If you didn´t know about the issue, then it´s normal you read again the book. And if the book is very practical, then sure people need to read again.
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Some books I read once. Some I read multiple times. I just finished Made to Stick again and got many different things from it than when I read it for the first time two years ago.

One way you can help cut down on feeling you NEED to read it again to absorb it all is to read it in stages.

Read the introduction, then the chapter titles and the first line of each chapter and any subheadings, then the last few pages. This helps your brain orient itself and you can decide if you need to take notes or pay particular attention at certain areas.

Then read the book the normal way.

You can take notes on a pad of paper, in the margins, or just leave sticky notes at place where you want to come back to as well. That way you don't need to search the whole book for the parts that mattered most to you.

I didn't come up with this idea, by the way, but can't remember where I read about it. I do know there were additional refinements in the source material.
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As often as you needed and it may depends in your interest and likes.

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I guess I'm more of an auditory learner. I seem to comprehend and remember audio books much better than reading. In books, I would get to chapter 3 and forget what I just read in chapter 1. I must have read "Think and Grow Rich" 4 times, but I got much more out of it when I listened to it on audio book.
Yeah that's a good point you know, and also when you can get an audio book read by the author themselves (if still alive), just their intonation can give you a completely different angle on the content.

The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer is a good example of that. I found reading the book and listening to the audio to be two completely different experiences.

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Re:Reading and listening to the audio book. We all process information differently so the audio can impact some people more than reading, others can be the opposite, and then watching a movie on the subject can be a different experience too.

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If it's good the first time around, it's better second time around, and even better the third.
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If it's instructional (how to) I read it at least three times. The first time to get a grasp of the material, the second time taking notes and the third time to "set" it in my memory and to look for additional things I may have missed.

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Default Re: Reading books more than once...?

What is going on?
I have posted in this thread twice and my reply just
doesn't come up!

OK, I am gonna try the third time!

I am usually continue straight to the next book.
Most books in similar categories share similar advice
that's why I don't bother worrying about missing
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Yes, I always read books more than once, especially interesting book.

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I used to read informative books more than once, now I have learned to always have a pen and paper nearby so I can write down the information that is important to me. I also like to write down anything that is motivatonal as well.
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There are a lot of programs that can help you to read faster, have a higher comprehension rate, and retain more.

One program I recommend and used is called eyeQ. In a couple of months my reading speed more then doubled from 350 words/min to almost 800, while maintaining 90%+ comprehension.

There is another program I recently found called photo reading by a company called learning strategies. I recommend checking out the learning strategies website in general. I have heard good things about their products but have not used any of them and do not officially endorse any of them.

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I enjoy reading books over and over again. I find I'm always learning more when I revisit great material.

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Yes, some of the best books I will go back to again and again. I have read several of Tony Robbins books many times. I have read Think and Grow Rich several times, plus a book called Wink and Grow Rich which I put in another thread.

I am in the process of listening to a great book called "It's not about the money" by a guy named Bob Proctor. That book has made a huge impact on my life, I would love to know if anyone else has checked it out.

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There are a lot of programs that can help you to read faster, have a higher comprehension rate, and retain more.

One program I recommend and used is called eyeQ. In a couple of months my reading speed more then doubled from 350 words/min to almost 800, while maintaining 90%+ comprehension.

There is another program I recently found called photo reading by a company called learning strategies. I recommend checking out the learning strategies website in general. I have heard good things about their products but have not used any of them and do not officially endorse any of them.

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Some of the big gurus have read books dozens of times, that's how they got to be gurus

I've heard Jay Abraham (marketing guru) say that he's read Scientific Advertising 50 or 60 times, and learned something new each time. He read James Webb Young's "Technique for producing ideas" 40 times.

One tip is to have a pad and paper nearby when you're reading or listening to something again. And writing down a new revelation that comes to mind.

I've read that your mind can produce a thought or idea, but it may only last for 30 or 60 seconds. Then it's gone. Forever. Never to come back again. So very important to write it down, because you won't remember.

I have dozens of sheets of notes of things I've read or listened to more than once. Paraphrasing..."the simpler your understanding of what makes something work, the more powerful it normally becomes". That was a powerful quote for me. The goal I think is to reduce something down to simplicity and capture it on paper.
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I do read my spiritual books more than once.

Especially the Abraham-Hicks material as they are speaking to us at different levels, and there are understandings found, especially after one experiences.

I kept finding and reading older versions of Think and Grow Rich.
Finally I was led to the original manuscript.
Napolean Hill did hold back on where the information came from..He said it would not have been published at that time.

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This is a little off, but my son Jack is now in home school.
I am reading the Little house series by Laura Ingalls Wilder to him, and since I am an adult and have much improved reading and comprehension skills, it has been a treat and delight to visit once again.

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The mind can only hold one dominating thought at any one time. It makes sense to read and hold the thought.... in order to absorb it into the subconscious.

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I get grief from my wife, for turning over pages, and using a highlighter on pages of books. I regularly revist books, ironically, the last time I read a work of fiction was The Celestine Prophecy, and Ive read it twice, all others tend to be spiritual, marketing, personal development focussed.

its not how many times you read the book thats important, its how often you APPLY the content.




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yes, I generally read the book more than once. especially if the book had some information that I need.
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Most often I find myself discovering new bits of knowledge when re-reading a book.

I do not have photographic memory, so there is no way I get it all from one read ,unless taking notes and other study techniques.

What is interesting with learning is that we intepret the information based on our past experiences as well as any prejudices and preconveived notions we might have on the subject.

This means that when you read a book a second time you will have readjusted your prejudices and preconveived notions through your experience of reading the book the first time. If you also put the information in the book to use, you will now be able to more directly relate to the content.

The theory above is taken from hermeneutics, which is the study of interpretation theory. Wikipedia article here: Hermeneutics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Does anyone else find the need to read a book more than once to really absorb the wisdom found within the material? I end up finishing a book or audiobook and I find that I forget some things and I don't really know and fully understand the material.

Do you think it is normal to read a book more than once to really get the message? How many times would you think is normal to read a certain book to fully grasp the knowledge and fully understand through and through?
As a psychologist I know that all our memories work best when memories are stored in our long term memory. Studies have shown that we learn best and smarter when we quickly skim read something two or three times and then go back over it in more depth. That of course refers to learning things and cramming for an examination.

However it does depend on the material as to how long it takes our individual mind to process things. We are literally flooded with thousands of sights, sounds and touches every second and our brain has to assimilate what we make of them. Everything goes in like the top end of a funnel and we sort out what we want to decide is the most vital to focus on. Part of those reactions are conscious and unconscious and our memories and histories also play a part.What we choose to retain and why is like the lower end of hte funnel it is a more focused process.

That explains why no two witnesses of the same event will agree totally on what they saw. our perceptions are not always reality. How and why we remeber and store things long term also differs from person to person and expalins why soem people have brains like a sieve. They do not train and focus the mind to retain things. I would not worry how many times it takes you to assimilate things!


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Hi....scofield!
Reading a book more than once provides good understanding of the topic and gives you more ideas to explore.
In fact,there are only some interesting books that can be read more than once.......

I have read my religious books many times..
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Yeah, it depends on the book. I'll usually only remember the stuff that really made an impact on me through the first read, but if it was a good enough book, I'll know in the back of my head that there was a lot that I should have remembered. When this happens I usually will go back and re-read.
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Yes. I have read many books multiple times. Often, it depends on where you are in your life or rather where I am in my life, as to what I get out of the book the 2nd, 3rd or forth time around.

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hmmm depends on the book that I was reading sometimes I needed to read it again to fully understand the context that was written on it not the whole book itself. For example if you wanted to research and resulted out to read book instead on going through the internet. And you have the book that you needed probably you will end up on reading the book again for research.

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I have been listening to a lot of Zig Ziglar's programs, and he stresses that reading books, and listening to personal development cd's and so forth is like eating. You don't eat just once, you have a meal in the morning, wait a couple hours, have a snack, then have another meal shortly thereafter.You have to constantly flood your brain with positive information, and information which you can learn from.

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I think that we should read a book at least thrice.Of course, it depends on your memory power.
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Every time we read a book we assimilate it through news eyes and a new mind. A year from today you will be a different person based on all of the next experiences and reading the same books may offer you something new.

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I think there's almost a science to re-reading things. Lately, I've been re-reading Jay Abraham's (Stealth Marketing).

I think there's several layers of problems when you read anything.

-First, you have pre conceived ideas about the book. Someone recommended it. Zig Ziglar talked about it. Tony Robbins endorsed it. So you have a pre conceieved idea about what it meant to Tony Robbins. Or what it meant for Jim Rohn. Does it have any relevance for me? You may (subconsciously) automatically discount the information if you dont think it has any relevance to you.

-I think you're also subtley influenced by how you got it. Either paid or free (or maybe illegal download). One concept I've learned from self help/personal development, is that people dont value things that are cheap or free. We value information more if we've paid for it.

I dont know whether thats right or wrong. But if its making you stop and think, its influencing you. A cheap pdf download you just got, you may not value very highly. The information may be great. But you'll never see past it being a cheap pdf download. You'll never get to the higher stage of reading, re-reading, and gaining insight.

-Also, depends on if you're familiar with the author, and you like him/her. I think you'll be more receptive to re-read things by your favorite author (vs someone new). We like things that are familiar to us.

So, there's alot of biases going on.

-Another bias, or question that goes off in your head. Is this true? Is this Gary Halbert headline really true? Is this example true? Pretend it is true. And this really is the way things are (this is the way the world is).

I think there are many layers to re-reading things and making things sink in.

A book like stealth marketing is packed with information. There's no way you'd comprehend everything, even on 10 or 20 readings. Go through what you can, line by line. Stop when you get mentally exhausted (tired). Then go back to it later (with a rejuvenated mind), go at a pace thats right for you. The key I think is understanding at your own pace, and building competency.
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Its a question I've been thinking of myself.

I sometimes re-read books as it is a good refresher.

Never re-read fiction books though.


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I guess you may need to read the book several times depending on the material of it.I.e if material is scientific or have a lot of details , so i think you will need to refer to it many times.

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I definitely read (good) books more than once. Even if you think you fully absorbed the material, if you go back in a few months and read it again you'll be surprised at all the new things you learned. I read somewhere that we only remember 3-5 pieces of information from an entire book, and it's true: think of the last book you read and the most important information that you can recall about it....

Reading a book several times helps solidify it's message.

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I always try to read a book more than once. The first time I usually go through with my highlighter and really try to pick out the super important parts. Then the second and/or third time is spent reading all the highlighted parts.

Do you normally highlight your readings?
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Man do I ever re-read! My wife gets mad because when I go down to the basement for something I always come back up with a stack of books I somehow think I'll have time to go through again.

They usually sit by the couch for a week or two then I take back down the ones that have to wait. But when I do pick up a few to go through again I always find something important because it may just be I'm ready for that info this time around whereas I wasn't before.

I wish I had more time to read, but those darn kids require work. Who knew?
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It depends on how focused you are on reading the book the first time. Also if you have memory problems you might consider reading the book again.

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, plus a book called Wink and Grow Rich which I put in another thread.

I am in the process of listening to a great book called "It's not about the money" by a guy named Bob Proctor. That book has made a huge impact on my life, I would love to know if anyone else has checked it out.
Just finished reading Wink and Grow Rich. Thanks for posting about it. I'll be reading it a few more times.
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Hi Scofield,

To answer your question,
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Does anyone else find the need to read a book more than once to really absorb the wisdom found within the material?
YES!

Actually, I only read a book once...if it's a good book and I feel as though I've found something useful, I then DEVOUR it as many times as I feel necessary to learn what the author is teaching.

For example, I've now read "The Law of Success in 16 Lessons," 3 times. I'll begin the 4th time in about 1 week. This was originally a series of lessons available by mail order and via private business schools. It is the original material for "Think and Grow Rich."

I've also read "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" 3 times.

I always skim through and take a few quick notes the first time. When reading through my notes later I find things that really speak to me, or if the book just "catches my attention" while going through it, I then set up a file to keep all my notes in and start devouring the information within the book. I've found this to be very effective for me...and it seems to work pretty evenly whether I listen to it or read it.

Just my 2 cents worth... hope it helps someone as much as it's helped me!

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Sometimes yes, if the it looks so interested then can answer my question...

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YES! I often read books more than once! Some of my favorites I refer to often (especially "Think and Grow Rich") as I find new questions emerging as I learn.

I absorb so much content daily be it from books, blogs, articles, etc. that it would be impossible for me to store it ALL. So I always end up referring back to my favs.

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