The What? Why? and How?
Quickly decide whether a book is worth reading in 5 minutes (or less)
Too far fetched?
Nope, Not at all.
Let me explain…
Everyone knows that books are the cheapest and most reliable source of industry knowledge.
At the same time, they also demand extra time and other resources in order to put in practice everything you learned from them, the right way.
There are also some scenarios where, after going through the book, you will get insights that can’t be implemented at that moment. Or even some of the strategies discussed that might require additional resources – that you will only be able to apply later down the line.
I’m sure you can relate to that, regardless of your reading level.
The Idea behind Book Notes
I’ve been asked time and time again to share my thoughts about books that I’ve read.
I wasn’t sure how my opinion would add enough value as there are a lot of book summaries, reviews out there in different shapes such as blog posts, newsletters, mobile apps, and more.
And to be completely honest, I wasn’t certain how would “Book Notes” be different from any of them. I kept on pondering it for the past 7 to 8 months. Maybe even more.
I wanted to clear this with myself before launching any of the book notes.
Then one day, while reading some book, my mind wandered off and had a moment of self-reflection where I asked myself:- “Why would I read my Book Notes”?
The answer was simple: I’ll read it if saves me time or money (or both)
With that in mind, I started “Book Notes”. Each book note will take you an average of 5 minutes (never more than 10 mins). It’s designed to save you both time and money.
Each Book Notes will take up to 5 mins (or maximum of 10 mins) per book.
Upon completion, If you feel the book notes are in the direction that interests you at that moment of time, you can buy the book and complete it at your pace.
Otherwise, you can move to the next one.
Super simple and Worth it, right?
Here are a few other things you can expect in Book Notes:
- Unbiased Notes – I’ll wear the Neutral Hat and give you the unbiased notes. As a lot of my friends are authors, If my reviews are biased, I’d make sure to mention it.
- Notes, NOT Summary – Summaries do tell you what is there in the book, but with time I’ve realised — the summaries are created as per individual’s point of view.
We all are different beings; somethings might be super simple for you, at the same time it might be super hard for me or vice-versa.
Similarly, summaries are written with respect to what the summary writer thinks is a nice point, but that point might be not be a nice one for you. 3. Well-thought Notes – Any book I read, has my full undivided attention. Yes, even if the book takes one month to complete.
It is absolutely useless and waste of time if it’s just done for the sake of doing it.
When I’d invest my time, it would be done right. Always.
Keeping a proper note of all of such points, the Book Notes is being launched.
All Book Notes will specifically cover:
- Level of book – If the book is for a Beginner, an Intermediate, an Expert. Simply put – if you are an Expert you might not want to read a book that is for a Beginner.
- Completed Book on – Date here
- Why you should read this book – A couple of lines about the author (so that you know about the person who has written the book), proceeding to a couple of lines about why you should read this book.
- Key Takeaways – List of all key points in easy to digest language with proper explanation. There is no limit to number of points, the only criteria is – the number of points would stop when all Key Points are covered up.
I’d be actively working to improve Book Notes; you can expect at least one Book Notes per month, but in most scenarios, it is going to be higher 😉 but as always, it will be worth your time.