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I have always been a fan of reading. My uncle used to read Archie Comics to me when I was a kid on summer vacations. I would spend two months with my grandmother and uncle. As a teenager, my dad worked at a book and magazine store (pre-borders) and I helped my dad with work. I was able to read magazines and books in between customers coming in and out.

One of the reasons I set up this blog was to share my thoughts on the books I read.

Take Notes

When I read a book, I transport myself into the book and most importantly I am always taking notes. I carry a pencil to jot notes in the margins of hard or soft cover books. On  the iPad I am able to highlight and make notes that I can quickly reference later.

Complete Exercises and Goals

I always try to put into practice anything in the book that applies to me. I always make sure to complete any exercises the author has written about in order to get value. I have been able to find many solutions to complex problems by just running through an exercise of a book.

Once I finish the book

When I finish the book, I go over all my notes and highlights. I try to create a summary on the key points of the book. I do this for two reasons; one to refresh what I read and to tie all key points into how I will apply the lessons into my daily life. The other reason is for me to create a blog post on the experience of reading the book so you can have an idea if it is worth buying.

I only post good reviews

Rule of thumb if you see the book reviewed on my blog I recommend the book. On many occasions I receive books for review or I buy a book that disappoints me. In those instances I don’t review them. Since I know the effort the author put into writing the book I don’t feel that it would be right for the author to get a negative book review.

Reference

After reading the book, I usually share it with friends and family in conversations or on the blog. I keep the really good ones for reference. The advantage with the iPad is that I can carry my books around with me and when I need to look something up it is only a few touches and swipes away.

Do you have a ritual when reading a book? What other tips you have to get the best out of reading a book.

Read some of my book reviews:

Here are 6 book reviews of my favorite Business and Marketing books.

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5 Comments

  1. Prometeo on August 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I love to read too. Whenever I have the chance I take a book and g to the living room (or some other quiet place) and read for a while. I have learned many things through reading good books. As a matter of fact I can really attribute most of my knowledge to what I have learned reading. 



    • Raul Colon on August 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      With all the writing I am doing I have found it very difficult to find those opportunities to read. I always have works that is behind or something I need to take care off. 

      But when I do I enjoy it even more. 



    • Raul Colon on August 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      With all the writing I am doing I have found it very difficult to find those opportunities to read. I always have works that is behind or something I need to take care off. 

      But when I do I enjoy it even more. 



  2. dianebrogan on July 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Reading is part of my life. Sometimes I have more than one book going at a time. That is easy to do if one is fiction and one is non fiction. With the Kindle app on my iPhone I have even more time for reading. Waiting in line is more tolerable when I have a book to read. Although I enjoy the convenience of the Kindle, nothing replaces the pleasure of having a book in my hand. 

    Thanks for sharing your love of books and reading. No matter what the book is about, I always learn something. If the book doesn’t teach me something, I learn something about myself, such as why I don’t like that author’s style of writing.



    • Raul Colon on July 17, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Diane, 

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this post! It brought me a smile after a long day!