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Read for Insights, Improve Your Life, and Make an Impact The problem is most of us learn how to read superficially in school, rather than in a deep and meaningful way. The Insightful Reader will help you to choose the right books to read, get more out of what you read, create a better life through reading, and ultimately to become an insightful reader, learner, and thinker. Read for Insights, Improve Your Life, and Make an Impact The problem is most of us learn how to read superficially in school, rather than in a deep and meaningful way. The Insightful Reader will help you to choose the right books to read, get more out of what you read, create a better life through reading, and ultimately to become an insightful reader, learner, and thinker. Whether you read hundreds of books or just a few per year, you will benefit from this book. Inside, you will discover how to: - Find high quality, interesting books efficiently - Hunt for insights instead of meaningless facts - Make more time to read and stop making excuses - Take notes adaptively, depending on your goals - Stop getting distracted while reading - Read different books differently, depending on your purpose - Learn more effectively from very challenging books (e.g., college textbooks or highly technical texts) - Apply what you read


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Read for Insights, Improve Your Life, and Make an Impact The problem is most of us learn how to read superficially in school, rather than in a deep and meaningful way. The Insightful Reader will help you to choose the right books to read, get more out of what you read, create a better life through reading, and ultimately to become an insightful reader, learner, and thinker. Read for Insights, Improve Your Life, and Make an Impact The problem is most of us learn how to read superficially in school, rather than in a deep and meaningful way. The Insightful Reader will help you to choose the right books to read, get more out of what you read, create a better life through reading, and ultimately to become an insightful reader, learner, and thinker. Whether you read hundreds of books or just a few per year, you will benefit from this book. Inside, you will discover how to: - Find high quality, interesting books efficiently - Hunt for insights instead of meaningless facts - Make more time to read and stop making excuses - Take notes adaptively, depending on your goals - Stop getting distracted while reading - Read different books differently, depending on your purpose - Learn more effectively from very challenging books (e.g., college textbooks or highly technical texts) - Apply what you read

33 review for The Insightful Reader: How to Learn Deeply & Attain Life-Changing Insights from Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Henrikas Kuryla

    A tool-set for those wanting to get more insights from their reading. Suggested techniques deal with various aspects of reading: how to choose what you read, different reading styles, what to concentrate on when reading different types of literature, taking notes, reviewing books read. Some of the tools/techniques were already known, I'm applying them frequently. Some don't catch attention. Some seem new and quite interesting. I found quite promising the following techniques: - challenge your point A tool-set for those wanting to get more insights from their reading. Suggested techniques deal with various aspects of reading: how to choose what you read, different reading styles, what to concentrate on when reading different types of literature, taking notes, reviewing books read. Some of the tools/techniques were already known, I'm applying them frequently. Some don't catch attention. Some seem new and quite interesting. I found quite promising the following techniques: - challenge your point of view: find ideas you don't agree, find some points in them that might be true, find out how people get believing such things. - when studying extensive or complicated materials establish your starting base of knowledge and then extend it. - reading history books don't just follow facts but look for answer why things happen as they do. All the techniques in the boom merge into a powerful general pattern: have a goal, ask questions and apply things learned. My rating is 4. The tool-set itself is rarely very fascinating. Fascinating is what you can achieve applying the tool-set.

  2. 4 out of 5

    AnnaScott

    So this is basically a book that teaches you how to read books. As an already-avid reader, I applied several of the recommended techniques as I read it, which felt a little ironic, and skipped some sections. A lot of the information was irrelevant for me, as I already know how to find books to read, keep track of what I read, read from a variety of genres, etc. In general, though, it was an interesting book and I did learn a couple of new things about reading. He justified my enormous collection So this is basically a book that teaches you how to read books. As an already-avid reader, I applied several of the recommended techniques as I read it, which felt a little ironic, and skipped some sections. A lot of the information was irrelevant for me, as I already know how to find books to read, keep track of what I read, read from a variety of genres, etc. In general, though, it was an interesting book and I did learn a couple of new things about reading. He justified my enormous collection of books that I have yet to read, and included some great resources and tons of book recommendations, which I appreciated. My only real complaint is that I was a bit confused about his target audience. The book is designed to teach people how to read and appreciate books, and so I felt like most of the target audience wouldn't really be inclined to read a book like this? In my opinion, I feel like the book would have better served non-readers if it had been done in a series of blog posts with bullet points. Some of the sections felt overly wordy, and I don't feel like much would have been lost if he condensed it. Overall, it was an interesting read. It inspired me to be more intentional about reading, and to apply techniques such as taking notes and adopting a more comprehensive approach to learning. I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacia

    (I received a copy in exchange for an honest review through BookSirens. Thank you to the author and publisher.) “There are no limits to what can be experienced through reading.” This book, I think, was meant for the more common Westerner— that is, someone who does not devour books with intent like I do. Don’t get me wrong, there was recommendations on how to grow as a reader even avid readers can take to heart, but it often felt like an essay convincing one to pick up a book in the first place. S (I received a copy in exchange for an honest review through BookSirens. Thank you to the author and publisher.) “There are no limits to what can be experienced through reading.” This book, I think, was meant for the more common Westerner— that is, someone who does not devour books with intent like I do. Don’t get me wrong, there was recommendations on how to grow as a reader even avid readers can take to heart, but it often felt like an essay convincing one to pick up a book in the first place. Speaking of essay: I could not get into Robledo’s style of writing. It felt like an argumentative essay. Here’s an argument, here’s the reasons that back this point of view up, here’s a hat tip to the other side of the argument, but let me finish with mentioning books by professionals that support my view. He mentions at the very beginning that one does not need to be a college graduate to be educated, but writes as if he is writing for a college student/graduate audience, in a style I use for papers every day at uni. Kind of felt pretentious at times, I will admit. However, I will say that I agree with Robledo’s arguments no matter how poorly I find the execution, and I do enjoy the resources and book recommendations. Three stars out of five.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo

    The book is very fast to read, easy to understand, but the tips are not as relevant as expected when you read the title.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookSirens in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] The entire credibility of this book and the author's advice rests on the author's opinion that he is an insightful reader and can therefore share this insight with the reader in turn.  This is by no means a certain proposition, for although the author claims that one only needs to have read 30-40 books on subjects to be considered an expert by many, it is unclear t [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookSirens in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] The entire credibility of this book and the author's advice rests on the author's opinion that he is an insightful reader and can therefore share this insight with the reader in turn.  This is by no means a certain proposition, for although the author claims that one only needs to have read 30-40 books on subjects to be considered an expert by many, it is unclear that the author has read that many books about all of the subjects as a reader that he claims to speak authoritatively about, especially about the subject of religion and its worth.  There are many potential readers of this book who will be swayed to read and perhaps even to appreciate books recommended by the author and second-hand by political and entertainment figures, but not everyone will be so easily impressed, and the author's clear biases about what works and what perspectives are to be valued is something that will rub some readers the wrong way considering the assumptions that are made about what is true and the extent to which the author has developed sound reasoning or scientific or philosophical insight or empathy towards others. This book is a short one at between 100 and 150 pages long.  Like many books, it begins with an introduction that points to the reasons why the book was written and attempts to plug for the author's other writing as well as (later on) for a Facebook group he set up to encourage creativity.  The author discusses the benefits of reading as well as reading habits, approaches, and styles that can be taken.  The author talks about how one chooses what to read and recommends that the choice be both broad and deep.  Also, the author discusses what to do while reading, including taking thoughtful and detailed notes, as well as what one can do after reading to retain material and to use a book as a way of appreciating still other books in a given subject.  The author gives concluding thoughts, some example notes, and then some recommended readings for the reader to enjoy.  The author asks whether the reader learned something new as well as invites the reader to read other books that he happens to have written, an invitation not every reader will accept. Even so, despite the fact that I found much about this book to be of questionable worth as a reader, there were definitely insights that the author has to share that are worth taking into account.  For one, the author views books as being important because of the way that they form part of the great conversation that we have about literature and culture and science, and so it is worth reading books that have been important to other people simply so that we can better understand where they are coming from.  This is true even where, as is the case of the People's History Of The United States, there are deep problems with the perspective of the author and with the content and approach of the books recommended by the author.  The author's advice for the reader to challenge oneself and to read broadly and deeply and to take good notes and to question the author are all worthwhile pieces of advice to follow, even if the questions will be searching and critical.  And if the author could stand to read more widely and from different perspectives than are included here, it is no insult to repay a writer by quoting his own advice back to him, because sometimes we could all stand to learn by what we attempt to teach others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    Too Much Opinion, Not Enough Action Given the title and subtitle of this book, I expected to glean more from it than I did. I read a lot, multiple books per day. If I could, I would spend all my time reading as I enjoy it that much, whether it's the other worlds I get taken to or the information I acquire. Based on the subtitle of this book, I thought this would be more of a how-to book, teaching how to read better so we can gain insights easier. While some how-to aspects were in the later part o Too Much Opinion, Not Enough Action Given the title and subtitle of this book, I expected to glean more from it than I did. I read a lot, multiple books per day. If I could, I would spend all my time reading as I enjoy it that much, whether it's the other worlds I get taken to or the information I acquire. Based on the subtitle of this book, I thought this would be more of a how-to book, teaching how to read better so we can gain insights easier. While some how-to aspects were in the later part of the book, the bulk of the book seems to talk about other tangential topics that had to do with reading but didn’t really feel like they should have taken up so much page time. For instance, the author shares some of his own story of being a reader and what reading means to him. While a short discourse on this topic would have been completely fine and appropriate, the author did go on at some length. He also spends some time discussing celebrities and influencers who are considered reading to be key to their successes. He also talked briefly about celebrities who are known readers and perhaps even have reading clubs. Frankly, the way he kept going back and forth between things—the practical and the perhaps merely interesting—felt unfocused and scattered. I felt like I kept wanting him to get to the how-to portion of the book promised in the subtitle. While the author does share some thoughts about ways to approach reading meaningfully, even this information felt disorganized. I feel like he needed to lay out a specific, concrete plan or approach, but this never materialized. Within each major section, the author divided the book into multiple short sections, some only a few paragraphs. I felt like most of these needed more explanation or needed to be tied together in a coherent and cohesive way for the reader to take away what the author wanted him or her to. While he doesn't completely discount fiction, he does downplay and say less-than-kind things about it. His reading focus is certainly on nonfiction. He actually comes across with an attitude that all reading, or at least the book of reading time, should be spent on books that will deepen our knowledge or provide insights that will shift the way we think. I feel like that is too narrow of a view of what reading has to offer the reader. Reading just isn't about expanding our knowledge or gaining, whether that's on a specific information topic or a better understanding of the human condition. Reading for pleasure is perfectly okay in my book (and far better than other entertainment options), but the author suggests in more than one place is that this is not simply enough. Honestly, I would have just preferred if he stuck to the topic of insightful reading and the subtitle’s promise, without giving so many opinions about the best reading. I think the methods he does describe, especially the note-taking, would feel cumbersome even to someone who enjoys reading, let alone a non-reader who is trying to increase the number of books he or she reads. Reading should be a joy, not a laborious task All in all, I found this book to be a disappointment because it felt more like opinion than a helpful guide. received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ceelee

    First, I want to thank Book Sirens and author I.C. Robledo for providing the Advanced Reader's copy of The Insightful Reader to me in exchange for my honest review. I chose the book because I always enjoy books about books. The reading experience is different for everyone and not everyone likes to read and in fact most people don't read more than a few books a year. This is not a new statistic. I remember watching Bennett Cerf, publisher at Random House, on a game show in the early '60s and seein First, I want to thank Book Sirens and author I.C. Robledo for providing the Advanced Reader's copy of The Insightful Reader to me in exchange for my honest review. I chose the book because I always enjoy books about books. The reading experience is different for everyone and not everyone likes to read and in fact most people don't read more than a few books a year. This is not a new statistic. I remember watching Bennett Cerf, publisher at Random House, on a game show in the early '60s and seeing his dismay when he heard that people only read four books a year. (Luckily some of us make up for it reading dozens of books every year.) It is pretty hard to get a non- reader to read if they haven't learned to appreciate books at home or during their school years. The Insightful Reader might not appeal to everyone but if a non-reader can be shown the way to get more out of their reading by becoming an active participant in their reading, any book can be useful, entertaining and a person can gain so much to enrich their lives, their work and personal relationships. The Insightful Reader shows us how to read more deeply and gain more knowledge on a subject as well as enjoying the vast amount of literary fiction available from ancient times to the present. I. C. Robledo guides us through various steps from looking for the right book for the reader's purpose to making the material worthwhile for us, shows us how to get more out of the books we choose and how these steps can be applied to all books and reading activities. I am a seasoned reader and I already do a lot of these steps to help me get more value in what I read. These methods work! I know it sounds tedious to do things like taking notes but it does help especially when you are reading nonfiction and how-to books where you are trying to learn something. It is so much easier to look at notes than plow through the book to find what you need. It even works with fiction. If I find a quote in a novel I really like I always write it in a notebook especially for that purpose. Making lists of what you read or want to read is a great resource you can use to find books and it's fun to look back on the book lists from years ago and see what you read back then. Any sort of reader can benefit from the Insightful Reader. I personally liked the reinforcement it gave me and I always enjoy book lists! Book clubs could benefit from this book too as it might make readig more challenging books easier for readers in the group and help the leaders to choose better books for the club and have less unhappy members. Also, it would make a great supplemental reading or even the main text of an English class in schools or colleges that are teaching reading comprehension. I remember my freshman English class in college our reading comprehension book was so complex I never could understand it! The Insightful Reader is simple, well organized and easy to understand. The Insightful Reader is a helpful book anyone who wants to get more out of their reading for work, school and help us enjoy a more fulfilling reading life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    The English-speaking Frenchie

    My feelings about this book are mixed, I must admit. I really loved the tips given and I think they were really interesting and worth mentioning. I also must admit that I learnt quite a lot of new things through this guide and that I loved how important reading seems to be in the author's eyes. Among the ideas I loved, I may quote the fact that one’s education should not end when school ends or the fact that books are a far cheaper way than online courses for you to learn valuable information on My feelings about this book are mixed, I must admit. I really loved the tips given and I think they were really interesting and worth mentioning. I also must admit that I learnt quite a lot of new things through this guide and that I loved how important reading seems to be in the author's eyes. Among the ideas I loved, I may quote the fact that one’s education should not end when school ends or the fact that books are a far cheaper way than online courses for you to learn valuable information on a specific topic. The author also focuses on studies to show that reading is better for the brain and for memory than listening to something and thus, he writes this book in defense of reading. I would say that this book is not only going to give you a list of tips you can implement into your own life in order to read more (it will, but if you are already familiar with reading, those tips are not the most precious ones in my opinion). It is going to show you why you should read more, how it is going to affect your brain, and how you can be able to enjoy that process. Nonetheless, this book has, at least for me, a big disadvantage: it is hard to read. To be honest, I have had to take several breaks in order to get back to it and actually enjoy it (I have a PDF. version of it). I would have appreciated a much wider space between lines. Moreover, I think it would have been cool to give a summary of the books the author referred to. Sometimes, the description was here, but sometimes, I would have loved a little bit more details because I ended up looking online for them by myself. Finally, I would personally have used bold characters in order to stress important ideas because it can often get very hard to remain focused when the lines are so close and paragraphs so long. However, as I said, my feelings are mixed and the content of the book is wonderful and deserves to be read. I would simply advise you to make sure you are motivated enough not to care too much about the tiny little space between lines and long paragraphs. (I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Imena Ginac

    As I love reading books, I wanted to get an insight of the reading habit in general. Especially when it comes to improve your concentration when you read. This book shows you how you can improve your reading and I think it is mostly valuable to people who can’t seem to finish a book, and want to get into a reading routine. Students would also benefit from reading the insightful reader especially when it comes to the different types of reading. It also truly points out that you don’t need to fini As I love reading books, I wanted to get an insight of the reading habit in general. Especially when it comes to improve your concentration when you read. This book shows you how you can improve your reading and I think it is mostly valuable to people who can’t seem to finish a book, and want to get into a reading routine. Students would also benefit from reading the insightful reader especially when it comes to the different types of reading. It also truly points out that you don’t need to finish a book if you are not enjoying it and if it doesn’t fulfill a purpose for you. I always struggled to DNF a book as the author always put so much work into it, but in the end it’s truly about you, the time you spend with the book. „Remember to have some fun with your reading and learning „ Note: I want to thank Booksirens for providing me this copy of the Insightful reader in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeane Grimbeek

    As an individual currently living an Information Society in the Information Age, the importance of converting, processing and/or filtering large quantities of information in an effective and efficient manner is an important skill; but it will prove useless if that information and/or knowledge isn’t utilised properly (knowledge is power as they say) meaning if the applicable information isn’t processed and retained into your knowledge base. The Insightful Reader is a case of a book appearing at ex As an individual currently living an Information Society in the Information Age, the importance of converting, processing and/or filtering large quantities of information in an effective and efficient manner is an important skill; but it will prove useless if that information and/or knowledge isn’t utilised properly (knowledge is power as they say) meaning if the applicable information isn’t processed and retained into your knowledge base. The Insightful Reader is a case of a book appearing at exactly the right time and circumstance, and with the circumstances and conditions as they are currently – I let myself contemplate what I enjoy and of the problem I always had of never effectively and efficiently retaining the information I read from past fictions and/or non-fictions. As a bibliophile, avid reader and as someone always looking to glean new knowledge, this book introduced concepts I was already aware of; but also other concepts that never occurred to me but being obvious in hindsight (such as life-long learning; self-studying; active reading through engagement with the the subject matter), and additionally made me realise how I loved books as sources of inspiration, understanding, enlightenment and guidance. This certainly will be a book I will be coming back to time and time again, with its reading and studying strategies; how to approach different types of books, whether for different genres or goals; how to retain the relevant parts of the book; how to choose your next read; and overall how to better yourself as a reader. I have received a free e-copy of this book courtesy of the author and BookSirens in exchange for a honest and voluntary review of it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I enjoyed reading this book about how to incorporate reading into your everyday life. Although I have always been an avid reader (and most of the book referred to ideas I already knew about), I did gain knowledge and some new ideas along the way. I really liked the author's idea about reading first thing in the morning for ten to twenty minutes to start the day. While I enjoy audio books, I do not listen to them very much because I have a very short commute. I like the idea of starting the day i I enjoyed reading this book about how to incorporate reading into your everyday life. Although I have always been an avid reader (and most of the book referred to ideas I already knew about), I did gain knowledge and some new ideas along the way. I really liked the author's idea about reading first thing in the morning for ten to twenty minutes to start the day. While I enjoy audio books, I do not listen to them very much because I have a very short commute. I like the idea of starting the day in a more gentle manner. I liked that the author included a lot of reference materials for the reader, although I thought it got a big wordy towards the end. Thank you to Book Sirens for the advance review copy. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Rout

    Releasing reading It’s silly how we all know how to read, but is the action of reading bringing us value? This book breaks down a range of styles and techniques you could adopt depending on the reason for reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vasudha

    So, This is the book for beginners who buy books excitedly but can't complete it!!! This is the book for explore more information about book such as to compare genre of the book and how to get stick to the book at the end!! Thus, I think this book is much more informative!!!! So, This is the book for beginners who buy books excitedly but can't complete it!!! This is the book for explore more information about book such as to compare genre of the book and how to get stick to the book at the end!! Thus, I think this book is much more informative!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hearts_on_rhythm

    Nice book .it includes all the reading hacks from very beginning right from choosing book to reading it .it can be really helpful for beginners and most importantly students . I received this advance review copy for free , and leaving this review voluntarily .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amit Srivastav

    I got this book from BookSirens and it was a good read. The author has explained beautifully how to speed up your reading habit along with how to choose the books, how to get most of the books etc.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thang Nguyen

    Easy to read book that giving tips on how to read books. TBH, most of them are quite basic, not particular useful for me, but I might think that it would be helpful for others.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Cullen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katie O'Brien

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pavlin Kalchev

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yuan Ji

  21. 4 out of 5

    Muhammad

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eddie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roger Warren

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Barille

  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Vladas

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Malkaniemi

  30. 5 out of 5

    Grant Hayward

  31. 4 out of 5

    Duane

  32. 4 out of 5

    Mauricio Rodriguez

  33. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Evans

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