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  • I don't let myself start a book that I'm not gonna finish.

  • [How Bill Gates gets the most out of books.]

  • You know, when you are reading, you have to be careful that you really are concentrating, particularly if it's a nonfiction book.

  • Are you taking the new knowledge and sort of attaching to knowledge you have?

  • For me, taking notes helps make sure that I'm really thinking hard about about what's in there.

  • If I disagree with the book, sometimes it takes a long time to read the book, because I'm writing so much in the margin.

  • It's actually kind of frustrating.

  • Oh, please say something I agree with so I can get through to the end of this book.

  • [#2 Don't start what you can't finish.]

  • So there is one--it's a fiction book called Infinite Jest--what I'm trying to decide if I started or not, because I watched the movie The End of the Tour.

  • I loved it.

  • David Foster Wallace comes across as a super-interesting, broad-thinking person.

  • If the book was like (a) two or three hundred page book, there's no doubt as soon as I watched that movie I dived in.

  • But it's quite long and complicated, and you know, I don't want to make an exception.

  • It's my rule to to get to the end.

  • [#3 Paper books > ebooks.]

  • Over time I will make the switch, but when I'm just sitting there at night reading often a paper magazine or the... the book.

  • I'm used to that.

  • -It's ridiculous because I care, I have whole book bag that goes on my trips with me, and it's it's voluminous and antiquated. -[Ok, maybe don't do this.]

  • [#4 Block out an hour.]

  • If you're reading books like these, you'd want to be sitting down for an hour at a time, because otherwise just getting your mind around.

  • Okay, reading is not the kind of thing you can do five minutes here ten minutes there.

  • Magazine articles fit, or short YouTube videos fit into those little slots.

  • And so you know, every night I'm reading a little over an hour, and so I can take my current book and make some progress.

I don't let myself start a book that I'm not gonna finish.

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