To be a better reader does not involve “reading more”. It is more about “reading diverse” (I will explain what this means in a second). First let’s get acquainted with something called “eclectic reading”.
What is eclectic reading?
It is, simply, reading diverse material; books that differ from each other; in other words, exposing oneself to ideas not normally within one’s comfort zone.
Why is it so important?
In reading diverse material, we are exposed diverging ideas. Thought forms which may contradict our own. These ideas start acting as opposing forces in your mind. Both when you’re conscious and unconscious of it. And, it is from this effect of juxtaposition – this tug-of-war between contradictory ideas that you will discern and find the truth.
And the truth as we know, once found, sets one free.
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden”
This you must know:
The truth is a thing of value to find. Because authentic truth is hard to come by.
It is never displayed clear and loud. And, even when it is, very often, we do not take notice of it.
Still, it is easy to find.
I think that there is something invaluable in the act of discovering truth for one’s own self. Because
This is to emphasize on the fact it is only when we discover the truth for own, only when we see with our own eyes, that we grow truly convinced of it being true.
Hence the importance of picking up a book, even when aware of its contents, and reading it; finding out for your own.
Here are a few recommendations I suggest you go for:
Start now, get perfect later by Rob Moore
Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
Walden by Henry David Thoreau