This is kind of the most important part right, can’t read witout a book. I consume around a book a week, but sometimes much less depending on my free time. I read much more now that I have cut down my web use dramatically and consume much less TV (COVID-19 FTW).
Generally, I have two books on the go at once, sometimes more, but this will always be one fiction and one non-fiction. These are often read at different points, and used for difference things. My non-fiction books are read just before falling asleep or if I lack the ability to concentrate on much else and just want to chill out. These are usually very light reading such as the Ben Hope Books, or something of a similar vein.
As well as this I will have a non-fiction book on the go for the times I am more alert or fancy learning something. Some of these books have kept me until ridiculous times in the morning because they are so interesting and thought-provoking — sense why I typically have two books.
I read almost every book on my Kindle Oasis. This was an expensive investment into a reader but it was worth it for me. Most people opt for the Paperwhite, which is exactly what I advise everyone that asks to get, and if you wait for the right time they are quite often on sale.
I would much prefer to read a paper book, they feel much better and give a tactile feedback that I really enjoy. But the books afterworlds took up too much space for me, so I wanted to be able to store loads of books in a small form that I can use where I want.
There are some books that I really want to enjoy, such as The Bhagavad Gita that I purchased in paperback because I consume then very slow and numbing through a book just adds to the experience.
Reading on a Kindle also offers me the ability to highlight things that I want to remember. These are usually small bits of information that display certain details of the book I am reading, things I want to look deeper into, or just great quotes. I could do this in a paperback, but it would be much more hassle.
Once I have finished the book, or sometimes part way through, I log into the Amazon notebook and copy all the highlights into a book note. This is where I make my notes about the book I have read and digest the information from it. Currently, I am using Roam Research and this has made making and linking these notes together much easier than ever before. Find out more about this practice here.
I don’t do this for every book I read, but for most non-fiction books I usually end up highlighting some bits so this dictates if I take some notes or not. This helps me retain much more information from the book and look deeper into some topics I have discovered.
I save all of the things on the web I want to read into Pocket. This is the best value for money app that I pay for. You can use it free, but I just want to support the apps development. In Pocket I can highlight just as I would on my Kindle and copy these into Roam if I want to store them for later.
Pocket also helps surface articles that it thinks I will like, and often does a really good job of showing me things that I enjoy. I share all of the interesting things I find on there, so you can follow me if you wish.