Quit More Books

Fabio Rosato

September 8, 2022

Most people don’t read as much as they could because they see a new book as a big commitment on their to-do list.

And the only way to cross it off their list is to read it cover to cover, page-by-page.

That’s so silly.

It doesn’t take long to figure out if something is worth reading.

Skilled writing and high-quality ideas stick out.

So most people should probably START more books than they do.

Here’s the critical bit, though: you don’t need to read each book page-by-page.

Instead, consider each book a buffet.

Get a taste of whatever strikes your fancy in whatever order you prefer. There are no rules.

You can skim the table of contents, chapter titles, and subheadings. Pick an interesting section and dive in for a few pages. Maybe flip through the book and glance at any bolded points or tables.

In ten minutes, you’ll have a reasonable idea of how good the book really is and probably also of its main ideas.

Then comes the crucial step: quit books quickly and without guilt or shame.

As soon as you think you got what you wanted out of it, quit it immediately.

Life is too short to waste time on average books. The opportunity cost is too high. There are so many amazing things to read.

So here’s my recommendation in a nutshell:

Start more books.

Quit most of them.

Read the truly great ones twice.

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