Summary of Don't Worry about Reading More Books. Focus on Reading Better.

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The author argues that people should focus on reading better books, not just reading more books. He suggests that reading more difficult books will help people to deepen their thought process and better understand the Western Canon.

  • 00:00:00 The author discusses how, over the course of five years, she has kept a journal specifically for her reading. She writes down every book she reads, noting what she enjoyed and why, and compares this to a commonplace book, where she doesn't write any thoughts. In 2018, she got married and had more time to read, reading 60 books in total. In 2019 and 2020, she was busy with her dissertation, and read 72 and 76 books, respectively. In 2021, her reading was one of her best, and she read 76 books in 2022. The author argues that, before reading more, people should focus on becoming a better reader.
  • 00:05:00 The author suggests that readers focus on reading "better" books, not reading more. He recommends reading Dante's Divine Comedy in its entirety, which would be around 2,000 pages. Reading these types of books deepens one's thought process and allows for a better understanding of the Western Canon.
  • 00:10:00 The video discusses the idea that reading more books is not necessarily a good goal, as it can be hard to read one book per week. Instead, it is better to focus on reading better and finding good books to read.

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