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How many books should I be reading per week?

>> No.10669350

As many as you sustainably can. Don't torture yourself with them, forming a habit is key.

>> No.10669364

>>10669337
a book every week is achievable and very good. after 10 years that's about 520 books

>> No.10669537

Quality over quantity. Get out of the Tai Lopez "I read 20 books a day" mindset
Stop trying to read "more" and just try to read better books better.
Don't read shitty feel good self help books.
Don't read shitty crime fiction.
Knowing more facts doesn't make you smarter.
Regurgitating someone else's thoughts also doesn't make you smarter.
You need to really think about the information you are taking in, the ideas the author is trying to convey. If you don't agree with the author's ideas that's actually a really good thing. It means you're actually thinking.

>> No.10669727

>>10669337

1.) don't read fiction
2.) don't try to 'read a book a day'
3.) don't be afraid to skim read books or only read a chapter/page/paragraph out of the whole book - this isn't fiction you don't have to read every book you buy cover to cover.
4.) marginalia. it's your book, write notes, scribble, underline, highlight, etc.
5.) all of >>10669537

bonus.) sometimes second hand books have marginalia from a previous owner, its a different perspective on what you read. every now and then buy the cheapest aka (most battered) copy of a book off amazon and you might learn something new. i bought a book on a specialist subject in my field and the previous owners notes were really insightful.

>> No.10669837

>>10669727
This is all horrible advice

>> No.10669865

>>10669837
t. brainlet

>> No.10669906

>>10669337
Warren Buffett says he reads 500 pages a day.

>> No.10670034

>>10669906
I read 500 pages of 4chan a day, am I gonna make it?

>> No.10670286

>>10669837

stupid fucking nigger

>> No.10670347

>>10670034
No he reads quality texts while the average word you read is kys cuck stinky link faggot op

>> No.10670362

Why read books when all the information we need is online?

>> No.10670404

The question should be what books you should be reading, not how many

>> No.10670764

Biographies are really good learning also. Currently reading John D Rockefellers biography. Make sure to read biographies of people who have made it in the past too.

Wealth is just habits - once you have adopted the right habits wealth will come easy.

>> No.10670796

>>10669727
Why shouldnt I read fiction if I enjoy it??

>> No.10670902

>>10669727
>marginalia. it's your book, write notes, scribble, underline, highlight, etc.
This. "He who writes, reads twice"

>>10669837
>Always do the opposite of what /biz/ says

>>10670796
This is a thread on /biz/ so implicitly all answers in this thread are geared towards professional or financial advancement. On the whole, narrative fiction isn't going to contribute to those in any meaningful way.

>>10670034
Only if you systematically read within a very limited scope of tightly filtered information from trusted sources that you know will contribute to your later business or investing decisions. That means, for example, to emulate Buffett not just reading any old 10K statements, but only reading those for companies in industries where you either are planning to, already are investing in.

>> No.10670916

>>10669337
Books are a meme. Read INFORMATION, but don't read books.
Most of what you need to make it will be found on the internet.

>> No.10670919

Imagine having her legs wrapped around your head, grinding into your face with her juices running down your chin

>> No.10670967

A book a week is plenty, assuming you have a job or study in uni, or have individual projects that you need to work on. Or two short ones(under 200 pages each)

>> No.10671098

>>10670902
>implicitly all answers in this thread are geared towards professional or financial advancement.
That's fair I guess. I may have trouble separating reading as a hobby from more /biz/ minded reading. I believe reading is something like reading + thinking + applying, collect information even if outdated or wrong and then figure out systems and processes. But I wouldn't want to approach a book as the encyclopedia of truth, I don't know I'm pretty sure I've crossed some autistic threshold by now.

>> No.10671120

Does anyone have some good recommendations? Im kinda out off inspiration at the moment.

Also I listen to audiobooks about 5 hours a day during work, anyone's got experience with this?
Its an easy way to read a lot while not spending additional time to do so.

>> No.10671325

>>10670362
you should be using the internet to read books, brainlet

>> No.10671344

>>10671098
>I believe reading is something like reading + thinking + applying, collect information even if outdated or wrong and then figure out systems and processes
Yes, but if you wanted to think in quantitative terms then remember that some books will have more utility than other. A Tai Lopez book is gonna have a very low ROI compared to Dostoevsky, but Dostoevsky will have a low ROI compared to... oh I don't know... the next Apple Earnings Call (provided you're investing in Apple or one of their suppliers or competitors).
It's all a matter of choosing your battles and reading strategically. The reason Warren Buffett got where he did is because he weaponized his autism to only read specific material about specific companies.

Having said that, don't let me dissuade you from reading as a hobby - but be honest that you're reading a book for pleasure, don't persuade/trick yourself into thinking that you're going to glean insights from it or learn from it. That's just a bonus.

>> No.10671380

>>10671120
Education of a Value Investor by Guy Spier

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10671397

>how many books should you read per week?

>> No.10671409

>>10669337
I like her bagina

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>>10671344
>but be honest that you're reading a book for pleasure
d-do people actually do this?

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>>10671431
>d-do people actually do this?
What!? No. Never.

>> No.10671545

>>10669337
There's a point where you start getting diminishing returns on the value you get out of reading as far as making money goes. Front load whatever project you're working on with enormous amounts of reading and research so that you can avoid making big avoidable errors, but keep in mind most of that shit ends up being of little value vs actual experience you acquire by doing whatever it is you want to do. Continue to read after you begin the actual experience generation, but doing the thing is substantially more important than reading about doing the thing. At least that was the case for me. I wish I could have read like 50 books, started trading, and been some amazing trader right off the bat, but it wasn't the case. I only started get halfway decent at trading when I began trading. Maybe that's different for other stuff though.

>> No.10671565

>>10669337
5 hours at week is the minimun, good luck bro.

>> No.10671577

>>10669337
i read one short sci fi novel and a longer functional nonfiction book every week.

>> No.10671596

>>10669727
>dont read fiction
worst 3 words i have read on /biz/ in the last couple of days congratulations

>> No.10671638

>>10671596
I can't swallow it either

>> No.10671685

Read erotica

>> No.10671703

>>10669337

Don't bother unless you like reading.

People who think reading makes you smarter are brainlets.

>> No.10671723

>>10669537
>>10669727
These pretty much. Nothing wrong with reading an easy to swallow book (e.g. fiction) every now and then, though.

>> No.10671781

>>10671596
most fiction is utter trash

the classics are great fiction, but after you've read the majority of them then fiction is dead to you. They are classic for a reason, they're acknowledged as the best/finest literature written in human history. Sure by reading contemporary fiction you *might* read a future classic, but the likelihood is you'll read utter garbage that was pumped out by a publishing company because the author has some 'interesting story' about being genderqueer in the modern day.

My 2c regarding books a week?
1 book a week, researching good books to read is more important than just reading lots. No point wasting your time reading 5 self-help books if 1 will do the job, ya-dig?

Also, when reading a book, remember that you owe it nothing. If you hit a boring section/stuff you already know, feel free to skip it. Nothing hinders reading progress more/wastes time more than slogging through a boring/shitty section of a book.

Also remember that just because you read it in a book, doesn't necessarily mean it is true.

Good luck anon.

>> No.10671784

>>10671380
Ty

>> No.10671864

>>10669337
A book every week is a good benchmark depending on the book. Some will take longer, some will only take a day or two. It depends on several variables. Don't make reading speed a priority when reading literature or complex texts.

>>10669906
Warren Buffett also has something like a 160IQ and likely a very high reading speed.

>> No.10671876

>>10669337
Reading is a fucking meme and is only good for helping you develop a skill of reading aloud. We have shitloads of technology at our disposal today, they only reason someone would choose to read is because they think the act of reading makes them smart. Just use audiobooks.

>> No.10671988

>>10671344
>but be honest that you're reading a book for pleasure, don't persuade/trick yourself into thinking that you're going to glean insights from it
Very much agreed, but in my line of work I have a lot of idle time that I spend simply waiting. Often I fill those holes reading, sometimes something heavy, sometimes fiction or poetry. I chain them, but if someone's chaining serious stuff, I believe they're better taking intervals off to really assimilate. I don't know, like there's a tendency to read with preconceived goals that ends being counterproductive IMO. Personally I have a lot of trouble accepting teachers at their word, even if they're really succesful at what they do, they may not be that good as teachers.

OP started with
> How many books a day
This is a bit my issue, if it takes someone six months to really read a book and getting something good from it, they're better than reading 10 in that interval. A very focused person probably could make it work. On technical stuff, some can be used as a database to query, if a mathematician doesn't remember a formula he can look for it, but he's not there to copy, he's there thinking in Maths.

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>>10671876

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>>10671781
But there's so many classics to read. I've still have so much left.
Also I really need to up the frequency of my reading sessions as it usually takes me a couple of week to finish a book these days. I simply don't read often enough.

>> No.10672065

>>10671864
Buffet mentioned in an interview with Bill Gates that he thinks Gates probably reads 5x as fast.

>> No.10672091

>>10671876

I checked to see if i was not browsing /b/.

>> No.10672109

>>10671781
But there's so many classics to read. I still have so many left.
Also I really need to up the frequency of my reading sessions as it usually takes me a couple of weeks to finish a book these days. I simply don't read often enough.

>> No.10672131

>>10671994
I bet you like to use a horse and carriage to get around too you boomer.

>> No.10672159

>>10671994

Reading is like those stupid games that try to make you smarter. You just get good at the stupid games.

This is because transfer learning does not work like that.

>> No.10672199

>>10672159
>improved literacy, greater knowledge, and other real-world skills are equivalent to getting better at some stupid video game

it's time to stop posting now

>> No.10672260

Starting reading books myself. So far I've read The Martian, Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology and reading through The Art of War. Planning to read Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. I'm lazy cunt tho so if anyone could recommend what else could I read that would be great ( I'm seeing biographies recommendations there for one).

>> No.10672301

>>10671781
>Also, when reading a book, remember that you owe it nothing. If you hit a boring section/stuff you already know, feel free to skip it. Nothing hinders reading progress more/wastes time more than slogging through a boring/shitty section of a book.

this

>> No.10672343

/lit

>> No.10672380

>>10672260
Art of war is utter dog crap. This and "hitchhikers guide to the galaxy" are the only books I didn't bother to finish.

>> No.10672387

>>10669337
Read books that will help you understand the world better and books that will provide you with specific information that is useful to you. Accumulating knowledge that is useless to you is a pointless and vain pursuit.

If a book doesn't fit in one of these two categories don't bother with it, you should spend your time with something else.

I read mostly non-fiction (economics, business, psychology and other esoteric stuff), and I do so infrequently. From time to time I'll find a book that I find definitely useful and devour it, and then re-read it later if I've seen it useful of worthwhile, as you only begin to truly understand a book when you've read it at least twice or thrice. I don't feel the need to read for long periods of time unless I stumble upon something that really feels worth my time, as most books are bullshit with lots of filler.

In a nutshell:
>do not waste time over useless books
>do read books that will be of use to you
>it is a hundred times better to re-read a good book than it is to read a new mediocre one
>whatever the author means, in the first read it is always blurry
>the more you read it, the more 'color' and definition it gets in your mind
>you don't really understand a book until you've read it a few times

Bonus:
Avoid popular modern books like the plague, unless they're from authors you trust and have a long standing record of writing quality.

>> No.10672456

>>10671988
>I don't know, like there's a tendency to read with preconceived goals that ends being counterproductive IMO. Personally I have a lot of trouble accepting teachers at their word, even if they're really succesful at what they do, they may not be that good as teachers.
If you wanna be /biz/ then you need to be selective and systematic about your reading material. Do a 'literature review' of a certain topic of area of knowledge and then synthesize, analyze, and if possible draw your own conclusions like you would if preparing a dissertation.
The trick is to know what your objectives are - the literature should reflect your objectives, not the other way around.

>> No.10672461

Anons, any thoughts on how/ where are you reading?
comfy chair? i have shit posture

>> No.10672478

>>10669337
i only ever read books on programming desu because they are more nicely articulated than the official docs but provide far more info than udemy courses and videos. i used to read economics books but they are so opinionated that unless you read dozens of them you get tunnel vision. if i ever need some info i watch about 2-6 hours of youtube videos on the topic with 2x speed. if i feel theres still knowledge gaps i buy a textbook that can explain it in far more detail.

tl;dr only read non-fiction and only read if you absolutely have to, since reading is far far slower than just watching hours of footage on 2x speed/

>> No.10672639

>>10672461
Starbucks, I don’t like silence.
Also how is Naval’s reading list ?
https://www.businessinsider.com/angellist-ceo-naval-ravikant-shares-his-favorite-books-2015-8

Currently reading Unscripted from the author of Fastline Millionare, anyone read it yet? Thoughts?

>> No.10672959

>>10672199

Depends on what you are reading. And you can learn the same stuff with a youtube video.

Face it, printed volumes of text was an early form of communication that was designed in an era where humanity was desperate for information storage and retrieval. It is by no means a good method, even though humans have gotten good at it.

Books would not be popular if they came out after twitter.

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>>10669727
>1.) don't read fiction
/lit/ absolutely BTFO

>> No.10673159

>>10669727
So don't read 1984 or any other fiction?

>> No.10673202

>>10669727

>"don't read fiction"

What? Like fiction authors aren't trying to make a point beyond "diz muh stroy, enjoy"? Was this a recommendation from a 12 year old?

>> No.10673673

>>10672260
You could also start listening to some podcasts hosted by people that interest you. From time to time they got reccomendations on what to read and if not, you could simply search google for great titles concerning topics discussed that you felt drawn to.

>> No.10673758

what are some good books about cryptocurrencies and modern politics

>> No.10674021

>>10673159
>>10673202
>>10671596
>>10671638


it's summer so you are probably not familiar with how this website works.

this is:

>/biz/ - Business & Finance

not

>/lit/ - Literature

>> No.10674069

Im currently reading the Fountainhead and it is changing my world view.

>> No.10674078

>>10671703
Stop reading harry potter you faggot.

Go read some Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kant, Mill, Marx, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, de Tocqueville
And try and synthesize some ideas through writing and you will most definitely train and improve, or at the least maintain high levels of intelligence.

>> No.10674136

Just read Finnegans Wake forever

>> No.10674276

Seriously, all the fucking babies ITT who claim reading is useless, are reading lightweight bullshit and have no idea what is out there.

Go read philosophy, take a stroll through lit and blow up your own fucking peanut brain.

>>10672959
> Reading is just as good as watching youtube.
Kill yourself stupid white trash.
>Comparing books to twitter.
Seriously, never going to make anything worthwhile.

>> No.10674328

>>10674276
undeniably true. there is nothing in this world that matches the experiences of reading a good, thought-provoking book.

t. not a fag that lifts and has a gf

>> No.10674706

Instead of reading self-help books just read their Amazon reviews. Every single one fluffs up what could be said in a few paragraphs into hundreds of pages.

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