If you have read a few books in your lifetime, you probably how important it is to read.
However, how can you choose the books that will be helpful to you ? Here’s how.
1. Choose a relevant topic
If you want to build a business, don’t read about poetry. This one is pretty obvious but I just wanted to point it out just in case.
To do : choose a topic that’s relevant to what you want to learn
2. Check the reviews
If you want to read a book, it’s most likely that the people who have already read it were lookng for similar information. What does this mean ? It means that if they liked it, you probably will.
This is why you should check the reviews, to see if that book has helped the people who have a similar issue. Of course this is not a foolproof metric, but in most cases, it will reveal if the book is any good.
Where to find the reviews ? The best sites are Amazon and Goodreads.
To do : before reading a book, check the reviews.
3. Check the author
Reasearch the person who wrote the book. Read a little bit about his biography and career. This can give you an idea of how credible the author, and therefore the book is.
To do : before reading a book, research the author.
4. Consider who’s recommending the book
I got this one from Valuetainement (great channel for entrepreneurs by the way). Sometimes people tell you to read a certain book. It can be a friend, a familly member, and even an influence on youtube or on a blog.
When you see someone recommending a book for you, consider wether or not that person knows what he/she’s talking about. If you see that person as a credible source, why not accept the recommendation ?
I have personally read some books that were pretty long just because someone I trust recommended it.
To do : read the book if it’s recommended by someone who’s credible.
That’s how you can choose what books to read. I do this for most of the books that I read, and till now, most of them were pretty good.
This isn’t a foolproof tactic but it will definitely help you choose the best books for you. Check out my reading list. I've listed there the best books I've read so far.
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