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The Genius of Selective Reading

How selective reading can be a genius move

The Genius of Selective Reading

Hello Everyone!

Yes, it’s June and we are in the middle of the year. We all have been confined to our homes for the last three months, and time has been flying in a wait to get this pandemic finally over. But, it’s all uncertain just like our lives.

Most of us have been working from home or might be preparing for some competitive exams or looking for a job or just enjoying doing nothing at home. So, it is the best time to develop a habit of reading. But not just reading, I am talking about selective reading here.

I choose books after a lot of research. Because I am going to spend my money and the next few weeks over that book. And there are a lot of books in the market with endless fancy names. If you want to become a good reader, you must spend time in researching about the books you are going to read.

Francis Bacon once said, “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly”.

What is a great book according to you?

The definition of a great book varies from person to person. For some, it is non-fiction or might be mythology or fiction or poetry book. I read all the genres, in fact sometimes political books and international affair books too. But the case with you can be different.

People generally start reading by reading non-fiction books inspirational books or self-help books. This is the genre that is widely read by most of the students and people in their twenties. But when you become a good reader with time, you gradually start to develop your interest in fiction books too.

Fiction books are interesting and the characters, storyline everything teaches us a lot or remains with us even after the book finishes. But the things taught in self-help books will be easily forgotten unless you bring it into active practice. Poetry is mostly read by dreamers, lovers, or philosophers.

Franz Kafka, one of the most acclaimed and influential writers of the twentieth century. He shared his definition of a Great Book in his 1904 letter to his friend Pollak:

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the ax for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief.”

“You should be extending your stay among writers whose genius is unquestionable, deriving constant nourishment from them if you wish to gain anything from your reading that will find a lasting place in your mind.”

What happens when you do a selective reading?

When you start intelligently picking your books, you would be reading with a purpose. The purpose could be anything from keeping your mind active and upgrading your thinking process to finding a joyful time in the world of books.

With selective reading, you would develop a better understanding of yourself too. This skill would come naturally to you with time. As time passes, you would understand your taste in books, and know which and what genre you like reading most. So, have patience and keep reading selectively.

Book Recommendation of the month (June): Godan by Munshi Premchand (Fiction Category)

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See you next Sunday!

With great love and respect!

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Swati Omprakash

I am Swati Omprakash Mishra. Born and brought up in Delhi. I completed my studies from Kendriya Vidyalaya Delhi, one of the best educational institutions in India. Further, I graduated in Engineering from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.

It would not be an understatement if I say, I wasted my engineering degree and jumped into writing career choosing it professionally and personally. I do the job of an editor in a firm and continue to write my books. I read a lot especially light-hearted fiction stories. I have tremendous respect for authors and to-be-authors across the world.

I don’t exactly know why I chose writing as a career, but there were few incidents of my life, which shaped me a person as a writer. Now, I spend most of my time writing and reading after office hours and after finishing my home chores.

I run my Instagram: @iti.swati with so much passion because it is the only window of my writing to the world. And I want to be recognized as a decent writer of my country who is read and respected by the writers and readers. Though a long way to go, I have just started putting a step after a step in this direction.

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Kundan
Kundan
4 months ago

Am selective.. So started reading your blog 🙂 , but correct if we are investing our time and money on something we need to figure out and be selective and in reading we are investing even
much more than time and money so “The Genius of Slective Reading”

Rajendra kulkarni
Rajendra kulkarni
4 months ago

You are awesome.. Keep writing n inspire… Useful article

Last edited 4 months ago by Rajendra kulkarni
Er Bikrant Baibhav
Er Bikrant Baibhav
4 months ago

You are well written, keep it continue

Debatosh Ray
Debatosh Ray
4 months ago

Non fictional characters and storyline are very interesting to read and memorize.

abhisek
abhisek
4 months ago

💯

Abhishek singh chouhan
Abhishek singh chouhan
4 months ago

Hey baba!! Your writing shows how beautifully you think and what a pure soul you are. I have been reading all you blogs and that makes me feel wow!! Though I don’t like reading but when it comes to your blog something happens and I read. To be very honest I like your prospective towards life. In the last blog of your’s, “Thappad” it came out too strong and some how I feel the same about it. Keep up the reading as there are who wants to read and some are become readers too 😁. This fits you, “a few… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Abhishek Singh Chouhan
Nadeem Ahmed
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Reply to  Abhishek singh chouhan
4 months ago

Thank you very much for the kind words and appreciation for the previous blog. This one was actually written by Swati, she’s another author on this site. You can follow her here every weekend on Sundays With Swati…

I hope that we are able to write more content that you continue to find interesting.

Thank you again.

Swati ompraksh
Swati ompraksh
4 months ago

Dear di , am lucky to have you in my life! And every sunday you are coming with new and important things. Really reading is a good habit and i learn it from you thankyou ❣️

krishna
krishna
4 months ago

🙌🙌

saurabh jaiswal
saurabh jaiswal
4 months ago

You always come with something new on every Sunday… Love to read you.. Just simply I will say that you thought process was amazing👍😍🤩.. Keep writing ✏📝always ❤

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