10 Takeaways from How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler

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The first and biggest takeaway is his oft-quoted, “It’s not how many books you can get through, but rather how many books can get through to you.”

So, right there, I feel like he’s onto the right idea.

Other readers have complained, though, that Adler definitely has a specific set of books in mind that are “worth” reading, the not-so-subtle implication being that reading other books that don’t fall into this category (that he set up) is somehow a waste of time. This is questionable, to say the least.

Obviously, there are some books that are a complete waste of time (looking at you, Sylvia Browne!) but I don’t believe that anyone else can necessarily tell you which ones those are, not even me! Everyone will have their own set of “classics” which are classics for them, no matter what anyone else thinks.

How to Read a Book definitely has tons of great advice, though, don’t get me wrong. So let’s take a look at nine more takeaways that will help turn you into a much stronger reader, without taking a whole lot of time:

Those are the nine (well, ten) lessons that jumped out for me from my notes on How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler. There’s tons more great stuff in there, which is why it’s definitely worth checking out, although like I said, some people find his writing style and viewpoint kinda stuffy, and I’m not sure that I can disagree.

Anyway, I hope this was helpful to you, and you can check out my Top 20 Unconventional Reading Strategies (free) if you want to learn more about how to become a stronger reader.

I only mention this to establish credibility, not to flex, but I’ve read 925 books in the last 7 years, so I like to think that I know what I’m talking about! The point being, if you’d like to improve your reading confidence, expand your abilities, and tackle the world’s greatest books, I can help you.

All the best,

Matt Karamazov

Top Writer in Books and Reading. Physique Competitor. Nonprofit Leader. Best Books: https://cutt.ly/hhmTASC

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