Read More Books Now!
A couple of weeks ago I learned about some free video training on Read More Books Now created by Brandon Vogt. I watched the videos knowing that he would probably be selling a course at the end since that’s the custom these days. I committed to buying the course if it was under a certain price point. The short video training was well done and he said many things that I agreed with. One exception was his advice to people to read while eating to read more books. I bought the training, “Read More Books” for an introductory price of $37. The total training is just under 100 minutes. There are 10 videos and most of them are less than 10 minutes long.
After watching all the videos, I can safely say that I already knew 95 percent of what he had to say. But I think the five percent is worth the $37. Most people who read this blog know that I know a lot about books and reading. Some of you may be asking, “So, why take the course?” And I will give the same answer to “why did I join a 30 day blogging challenge after I had been blogging for close to six years” — I don’t know what I don’t know. And this year is the year when I step up and quit being the best kept secret. After watching Brandon Vogt’s training on Reading More Books, I can say his audience are people who do not read books or those who want to step up their reading a notch.
In one of the video teasers to entice people to buy his training, he mentioned that to read more books, read while eating, and my comment was that meal times are community building time, and also when you read while eating you tend to overeat. In the paid training, Vogt clarified that you should read more books while eating alone. I still have issues with that, you will overeat if you are doing other things while eating. I do not understand society’s obsession with multitasking. The studies show that multitasking doesn’t work. The other thing I object strongly to, is his advice to have a book on the passenger seat to read while waiting in traffic. I usually have a book with me, so I read while riding the subway, and I have missed my stop countless times because I was so engrossed in the book. Can you imagine reading while waiting in traffic?
Now that I have gotten that off my chest, I am glad that I got the program because it reminded me that I have to reread How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book) by Mortimer Adler, which I read a few years ago. I have mentioned several times here that How to Read a Book is one that you have to read more than once to digest all the great information. I particularly liked the section in Vogt training where he devoted a video to x-raying a book, which he took from Adler’s book. I will definitely read that section again.
Brandon Vogt tells you how to start a personal library, and I wrote a post on the topic, but he mentions that you can get great books at estate sales and buying used books from Amazon. I didn’t have those tips in my blog post.
Vogt also deals with reading broadly, which I have talked about extensively here, but he also spent time advising us on using different formats of reading such as print, audio and e-books to mix things up. I do not listen to audio books because they put me to sleep, but perhaps they will work for you. He also recommends that readers read a stack of different books at the same time because the topics will rarely blur into each other. This doesn’t work for me – I do not finish any of them because I feel scattered. I have to read a book a time. However, I know people, who this technique works very well for them, so give it a try. If you do decide to buy Brandon Vogt program, think about what you are hearing, and if any piece of advice doesn’t work for you, toss it out.
Read More Books Now, is a program that I was qualified to create, but didn’t, Brandon Vogt did, and he deserves accolades. I would like you to support him by purchasing the program. It’s worth looking into, and if you have browsed through my posts, you will find a lot of similar information, but from a different voice, which is a good thing. His work complements mine!
Related Reading to Support Reading More Books Now
A New Way to Think about Reading Books
Speed Reading: Collection of Articles to Help You Read Faster
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How to Read 30 Books in 30 Days
The 10% Rule: How to Read More Than 42+ Books a Year
How to Read 40 Books a Year (the nerdy way)
16 Skills to Make Your Reading More Productive
6 important things you should know about how your brain learns
How to Remember 90% of Everything You Learn
How to Read More Books This Year Than Most People Read in Their Life – Part 1
How to Read More Books This Year Than Most People Read in Their Life – Part 2