Musing Mondays: My Nerdiness (Feb.25)
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
One of my reading habits is to take notes while I read nonfiction. Most of the books I read are borrowed from the library, as I cannot afford to buy all the books I want (not to mention, I don’t yet have the space to store all the books, either — some day I’ll have my own in-home library, but that’s another post for another day ).
Every time I start to read a new nonfiction book, I will have a notebook & pen ready beside me. I usually write “Notes & Quotes from…” plus the book’s title and author at the top of the page. Then, as I read, every time something resonates with me, or jumps out at me, or is something I want to remember, I write it down — page number, and quote.
One of the things I am trying to learn to do is to write down my thoughts as I’m reading, too. If I read something, and it makes me think of something related, but not necessarily in the text, I want to capture that. Goodness knows, there’ve been so many times where a thought has crossed my mind as I was reading, but I didn’t capture it. And later, I’ll wish I had, because it would’ve been useful! In fact, just a couple of days ago, I had a thought come to me as I was reading “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” by Jeremy Dean, and I wrote it down. LOL @ this book being about habits, and me doing something that I want to make into a habit!
I have started to write on the inside front cover of these notebooks the titles of the books whose notes are contained within. This way, when I pick up a particular notebook, I can see if the notes are in there that I’m looking for, rather than paging through the whole notebook to see. I put several books’ worth of notes in one notebook, so this is a time-saving, handy reference.
I love writing down notes from these nonfiction books as it lets me go back and remember things without having to check the book out from the library, again. Not to mention, I am a very visual learner, so writing these quotes down as I go helps to cement the information in my mind, better. I have quicker recall of the info. Here’s a good example of this: The book I’m currently reading (“Making Habits, Breaking Habits“) just mentioned a bunch of stuff from Brian Wansink’s book, “Mindless Eating“, recounting a bunch of the studies that Mr. Wansink had done and included in his own book. And, since I’ve read that, this information was already tucked away in my brain, thanks to my note-taking habit.
Anyway. Now, of course, all of you are going to think I’m even more of a nerd than maybe you’d guessed before. But, that’s okay. I like my bookish habits.
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