Here is an excellent post about doing more than just reading a book:
5 reasons you should write in your books
I wanted to write about what I’ve started doing. I like to use Evernote for all kinds of things. I started a notebook called Books. Very clever title, I know. I’m pretty creative that way. In that notebook I have a note for each book I read. The most important thing is to write down the main things that I learned, or “takeaways”, as some people call them. Especially if it’s God’s opening my eyes up to something about Him, Scripture, myself–like sin, or whatever. I will write a post on what I ‘took away’ from Seeking the Face of God by Martin Lloyd-Jones.
I like to collect the quotes I liked. Sometimes just highlighting them in the book is enough, and later on you can flip through the book and revisit some gems. But putting them in Evernote makes them searchable, and you can put key words with them that might not be in the quote. If they are longer quotes, I’ll scan them into the computer and at the very least save it as an image and attach it there. I can also use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to make it editable text so that I can include it in a blog post. If you don’t have a scanner but have a camera, smart phone, or a tablet, you can do it that way too. There are apps for that, but they can be cumbersome.
I have other notebooks that I use too. If I came across a good description of a subject, like obedience of Christ or original sin (I need help on that one), I write it at the top of the page. But that obviously doesn’t do much good without something like Evernote. So I just write down the book and page number in a notebook called Subjects in Commentaries and Books, and if I need information on that subject, I can easily look them up. I also have a notebook for Scripture Subjects, which is like a personal concordance, and one for those funky scholar terms like or for example.
What I’m going to do from now on, starting with the last book I finished, it to re-read the quotes that I highlighted or saved and look at the notes that I took. That will help me to remember the things I learned from it for a longer period of time. Some life-changing books are hard to forget, but for most of us, we forget the majority of what we read (which is OK, because for me, much of the time, I worship when I’m reading) and could use help in retaining at least the main points.
Everything is saved in the cloud, wherever that is (will this information be in heaven?), so that everything is automatically backed up, and you can access Evernote from any computer.
Are there things you like to do when you read books or ways you like to organize information? I haven’t mentioned things like Goodreads for organizing my library of ebooks and paper books, Calibre for converting ebooks and organizing them on my computer, etc.
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a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of one object or concept for that of another to which it is related, or of which it is a part, as“scepter” for “sovereignty,” or “the bottle” for “strong drink,” or “countheads (or noses)” for “count people.”
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