August 2, 2021

13 thoughts on “The Evolution of My Reading Habits

  1. Hi Rolf,

    Haha, you're very different from me 🙂 I'm always a reader. In the past, I never read fiction thinking that it's a waste of time. Afterall, they are just stories. But how wrong am I! Fiction gives me the ability to learn from a thousand lives in one short lifetime! Perhaps I'm not a people person, so my way of learning from people is to read books about them.

    I also don't like to write notes about any books I read. I prefer to leave it to my mind to sort out the important points. If I think it's important, I'll remember it. if not, it's not important at that point in time. Doing this make sure that I don't parrot the author too, so I only pick up points here and there and focus on the gist of the thing. What did I retain after reading the book? I don't know! But I can tell you this and that is interesting… lol

    I cover breath and not in depth, and I cover quantity and not quality. At this stage, I prefer reading a lot of books about different topics. Perhaps at a later stage, I'll narrow to a few, but so far, almost anything can interest me. I'm still doing 52 books a year lol

    1. Hi LP,

      Different folks for different strokes. I am very different with my wife too. Poles apart. Maybe that's why we can be together for >decade long. After knowing you here for awhile now, I also boldly predict that we are somewhat very different too, which is a good thing. 🙂

      Yes agree that parroting can be a danger and readers may somehow lose their own charisma in thinking! My view that this is particular true when u r younger and lack personal life experience.

      I remember a frd who is quite aloof during army who read a lot non-fiction when we the whole bunch were playing pool or chit chatting or even smoking! He always thought that we r so childish bcos he is so wise bcos he felt empowered by what he read… 🙂

      As still a boy, I think I definitely prefer to play more n be more childish…

      Then there is one Educator in Sg who was already very successful since 21. This is bcos he read biographies of so many successful people and then here absorb little bit, there absorb little bit, then became his own n start to teach others.

      Frankly this means u will lack the style of ur own bcos at 21 yrs n younger, u truly still lack the life experience, so basically the trap of parroting is huge. Nevertheless, I know most Singaporeans on this meritocratic society will say "who cares as long as u can become millionaire at age 21!" But I am sure overtime, he had gain lots of experience via business building.

      But then again, just my personal preference or character that when young, it's better to go out more and farther out the better to expose more. This is have more failures or even painful experience that we can still recover! This can allow us to truly know ourselves n the world more.

      Once that is embedded in ourselves n we gather our wisdom in life, I doubt parroting when reading can be any danger no more!

      Not boasting or any form or arrogance, but I somehow already know that what I m doing now such as notes writing, summary etc will really come in handy one day when i really need them… we speak when we meet one day!


  2. Hi Rolf,

    I am still a poor reader of yesteryears. I read a bit more now because of the half of hour before sleep reading session I had with my son. No longer need to read to him so free to read anything.

    I realize I am super impatient and very seldom finished a whole book.

    I always scan the topics, read the headings, content page, and did skip reading to "get the idea"

    But I do agree those who read a lot have an advantage

    1. Hi SI,

      Imo, it does not seem that u r a poor reader judging from your command of language (pretty hi standard!), just like LP!

      I reckon ur job is quite tiring because of the early hours u have to wake up. So it's not easy to find lots of time to read a book. Hence the impatient? If u can be patient with ur son reading with him, means u can actually be patient! 🙂

      With regards to a whole book, for me, I read the most during traveling. I will typically take at least 2-3x the time reading due to my notes writing and talking to myself during reading!

      Reading gives advantage, it's for sure! It gives us knowledge and shaped our thinking. Then again, knowledge can only be u leashed when there is action Experiences/exposures are still another step up compare to just reading – 纸上谈兵!

      Unless, reading is just a hobby. Then it's different.

  3. Hi Rolf

    Cool, meeting you all, readers! I thought I'm a minority. Interesting to know other readers' styles of reading. Me? I would read very quickly first like SI, and if I find the book interesting, I would re-read it slowly, scribble notes and copy interesting quotes as like you. Sometimes, I even pen it to email my comments to the author.

    1. Hi,

      Wow wow thank you for sharing. Good to know that you even email comments to author. Tks once again!

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  5. Hi Rolf Suey

    Good day to you, able to share the essence of the book that you had narrate.. it really good for those people for me to grasp the most important motivation quoted and insights or perspective view of things , matter and way of life..
    Do you mind sharing out ?

    1. Hi Ken,

      Sharing is always good if it is a good cause and similarly if you can pass the good cause to others yourself.

      So why not.

      You can refer toy book list tab herein. Some is with link that I did the summary within the blog.

      However most my views and insights are within this blog if you have time to check it out and read. Thanks.

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