Reading books more than once...?

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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?
#personal development #books #reading
  • Profile picture of the author TheTranscriptionator
    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.
    • Profile picture of the author pdltoys
      I do not read a book more than once
      Some people might need to do that more than once to get the message
  • Profile picture of the author Najat Engineer
    I do not read a book more than once
    Some people might need to do that more than once to get the message
  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author international_deal
    Depends on book.
    for me science sure read it several times
  • Profile picture of the author John Piteo
    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.
    • Profile picture of the author rocketmail009
      Its true reading more than once it depend on your interest
      I have read Law book 5 times
      and also reading about accounts
    • Profile picture of the author Kezz
      Originally Posted by John Piteo View Post

      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.
  • Profile picture of the author Marlinark
    Really, it depends on the book.

    "If it is a great life changing book, why not make it a multiple time life changing book"
  • Profile picture of the author Richard Kent
    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.
    • Profile picture of the author bethrobinson
      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.
    • Profile picture of the author dynamicwealth
      I enjoy reading books over and over again. I find I'm always learning more when I revisit great material.
  • Profile picture of the author kennethsmith72
    As often as you needed and it may depends in your interest and likes.
  • Profile picture of the author wealthminded
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Karate Kid
    If it's good the first time around, it's better second time around, and even better the third.
  • Profile picture of the author DuaneF
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Igor Kheifets
    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
    something.

    ~Igor
  • Profile picture of the author niklasgroup
    Yes, I always read books more than once, especially interesting book.
  • Profile picture of the author KC Blondie
    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.
    • Profile picture of the author vossman
      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.

      Vossman
  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    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.
    • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
      Originally Posted by Raygun View Post

      , 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.
  • Profile picture of the author VMN
    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.

    Victoria
  • Profile picture of the author VMN
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author whoismarktaylor
    Absoloutely!!!!#
    Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill is like a manual for life. Nearly every other self help book in existence can be traced back to Napoleons hill's classic.

    This book should be required STUDYING material for ever student going into further education.

    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.
  • Profile picture of the author hayfj
    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.




    Fraser
  • Profile picture of the author liaochin2k9
    yes, I generally read the book more than once. especially if the book had some information that I need.

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