Would You Rather Read 3 Books Or Read A Book Thrice? Vote!

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Heres the thing...

If what you're reading is not something you're already an expert in, you need at least 2 thorough reads before you can even say you read it.

You can argue with me on this one...but if you get what i meant you get it.

I read a book at least thrice before even touching the next one.

What do most people do instead?

They read through a book, halfway thorough they lose interest because somehow the 'magic' pill they thought was in there isn't. (Its there but but they want instant results) and then they close it.

Then they go onto the next one...

Probably leave it halfway through as well.

This is where people go wrong ,why they think nothing works for them.

Because they don't stick long enough to see the results...they quit or loose faith.

2nd important factor is application.

You need to apply what you learnt right away, for it to stay with you long-term.

This is all in case of books where you learn something ,of course.

I'm not talking about story books or novels.

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

-Bruce Lee

So, would you rather read a book thrice or read 3 different books once?

Post it in the comments below..

Take care,
Neil Rai
#book #books #reading #times #vote
  • Profile picture of the author Eric D Greene
    Good point, for me if I find a book challenging enough, I often will read it through at least a second time. Then go over certain sections multiple times.

    Great Bruce Lee quote, have to remember that one!
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  • Profile picture of the author Young Financier
    I fully agree. It took me a while to understand the very thing you're talking about. I used to read a book once and then move on to the next one...thinking that I'd gotten whatever the book had to offer. It wasn't until I read a book called "How to Read a Book" that I learned how to extract as much useful information out of a single book as I possibly could.
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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    Some years ago, i was in the first category. I was reading a few books per weeks and not applying what i learnt. (read 900 books in the process...)

    Currently for me to read a new book. It must have been recommended from a source which I trust. I'm now in the second category of people. Those who read the same books over and over again and apply what they learn.


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  • Profile picture of the author meadows2482
    3x for sure. Let it sink in.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Here's something interesting:

    You can read a book and highlight the things that made the most sense to you. Then when you are done with that book, you can look at what ever you highlighted a few times before you go to sleep so that it SINKS into your mind, and down deep..

    You can do this with as many books as you want.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Here's something interesting:

      You can read a book and highlight the things that made the most sense to you. Then when you are done with that book, you can look at what ever you highlighted a few times before you go to sleep so that it SINKS into your mind, and down deep..

      You can do this with as many books as you want.
      Haha, we have definitely been down some same roads. Most people I try to share this with are horrified at the thought of even bending the corner of a page down. The mere thought of "defacing" a book leaves them aghast and they sometimes claim that doing that is disrespectful to the book and the author. I think that not marking, dog earing, writing notes in sidebars...etc is disrespecting the book. Imagine as an author finding out that someone has bought a second copy because they "wore out the first"! Talk about the best compliment for an author --> ever.

      I was taught by you-probably-know-who and was told that by highlighting the book it can be "re-read in as little as 10 minutes. I used this to "read" The Magic Of Thinking Big" probably over a dozen times until it just became a part of me. When I give copies of this book out to people I tell them that the next time I see it, it better look well worn, dog-eared, and totally thrashed or I won't be happy.

      With 100% accuracy the results have been that the people who marked and re-read TMOTB went on to become successes in something or some way and the people who didn't generally, well...didn't.

      Who was it that said "You will be the exact same person in 5 years but for two things; the books you read and the people you meet". To me they're kind of the same thing - people sharing wisdom and thoughts. Books, get em into ya. Read something positive every day for at least 10 minutes in total silence. I think that if you do that every day you'll naturally become a success at whatever you want and by any measure you choose.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    but some people read for enjoyment, or dont we count

    am i still allowed to 'learn' things at the same time
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    No, people who read for enjoyment do NOT count. You are NOT allowed to learn things at the same time.
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  • If I can easily understand the book, I don't read it again. Instead I usually train the stuff in the book, and use the new information, then I usually read certain things again to make sure Im doing them right.

    Great point! I thing:

    1. Balance - Repeat books, but at the same time read a lot of them
    2. Training the information in the book is usually better than reading another one (ACTION is KEY)

    Anyone agree?

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  • Profile picture of the author Scaramanga
    It obviously depends what the book is, but if it's something I want to learn then making good notes, and then crucially applying the information generally works. Then the book just becomes a reference if needed. I don't need to read the entire book 3 times.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    last time i read a book three times was in the dentist waiting room

    it was a car sales magazine, very uplifting
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  • Profile picture of the author MartyLabrado
    Would you rather fight one horse sized duck, or one hundred duck sized horses?

    I like to read around four books at once, but multiple times over. I agree with not moving onto another book until I've read over one, at least twice. But I do this with four books at the same time. Does that make any sense?
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    • Profile picture of the author anders83k
      If I find a book that has good quality, definitely reading this book 3 times is way more powerful than reading 3 books once.
      When it comes to remembering what you have read you will remember way more reading the same book 3 times than you would reading 3 books once. (after 3 weeks has passed you will remember less than 15% of what you've read reading a book once)
      Bruce Lee is right, if you practice the same thing lots of times you will actually be able to use it well later, rather than "maybe remember it exists" or using it poorly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Westy Depot
      I personally would keep reading different books. There are so many good books out there, there isn't time to keep re-reading imo. I can understand if someone wanted to "study" a book by reading it 3x, but I wouldn't. I read carefully and digest what I'm reading the first time. If I think a particular passage is "the nugget of wisdom" I will re-read it on the spot, otherwise, keep going. I might go back and reference a part of a book, but just to read it 3x automatically seems like silly dogma to me. I have read a few books twice, but never twice in a row. I might go back a few years later when I'm in a different mindset and read the material again for a new perspective. btw - I'm reading or listening to about 8 books right now. That's too many I think. I prefer to really read 2-3 books at a time to keep my head in the flow of all of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    I would read a book thrice - but sometimes I would just need to read a book once.

    It really depends on the book and its contents.

    But you are right on with all that! ... most people quit right before the 'magic' happens!

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  • Profile picture of the author feeosh
    Perhaps I'm lucky, my father taught me how to read a book. The beauty of reading it more once is that every time you re-read you get something new. I call them my "learning" books and most of them have got lots of highlighted marks on them.
    That isn't saying that the 2nd 3rd ..... readings are done straight away. The notes and highlights are to be absorbed first - acted upon where needed then the book can be re-read as then you're ready to learn more.
    Well, that's the way I was taught.
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  • Profile picture of the author anwar001
    I have seen many people who mastered anything would stick to a limited number of things and keep doing them over and over till they achieved perfection or mastery over it. Amateurs would just practice a few times and move on to the next thing.

    As I read the post, I instantly recalled a couple of examples of people from our college who just used to keep on practicing programming from a single, thin book. All the while other students would go from one book to the next. Needless to say the first category of people became true masters of programming while the latter category people were just so-so programmers.

    Awesome post by OP. Maybe I should read the post at least 2 more times before I close this window.

    And I loved the Bruce Lee quote.

    And I also liked your opening statement - "If what you're reading is not something you're already an expert in, you need at least 2 thorough reads before you can even say you read it."
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  • Profile picture of the author dave147
    You should read it at least 3 times...

    1st time cover to cover.
    2nd time highlighting what's relevant to you and actions to be taken.
    3rd time implementing the actions and using it as a tool for improvement and change.

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  • Profile picture of the author Vikram Anand
    I have the experience of reading "The Alchemist" thrice. First time, I read it as a novel. 2nd time the philosophical intent of the book was evident. Only when I read it 3rd time, I realized what actually Paulo Cohelo wanted to say through the book.

    For me reading that book thrice was an enlightening experience. I am sure, if we patiently work with other books, we can come out with different interpretations of the same story!!
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  • Profile picture of the author mellymags
    For me it all depends on the category of the book. Usually I'll give a good novel a 2nd, 3rd or even fourth read. It's amazing the symbolism and subtleties that you overlook the first time around.

    Same goes with movies. "Raising Arizona" I catch new things every single time I watch it.

    I'll give most non-fiction books at least one good read, and then review the important points.
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