Since I created my website in Jan 2017 I have posted dozens of book reviews. Some of the books reviewed are clearly dental, some are general interest and the remaining majority are either personal development or business development. I really enjoy creating these reviews but I was pondering recently that it might not be ostensibly clear why I do them. Here are the 4 reasons why.
1) Knowing I will be reviewing the book forces me to read or listen to it in a different way. I often jot down little notes in Google Keep as I go and I am always looking out for good quotes. This means I am not just absentmindedly listening. It makes it a much more active process therefore allowing me to take more of the content in.
2) Even though I feel I am taking more in, I know I couldn't possibly remember everything from all the books I read or listen to. Once I have created my review it gets saved in the resources section of my second brain so that I can easily refer back to it in the future to reinforce the learning lessons.
3) Wherever possible I try to share learning lessons in my book reviews so that others may get some of the benefit of the book itself with just a few minutes of attention.
4) I am hoping that occasionally I might write a review that catches some people's attention making them think "That's interesting. I would like to find out more about that". I have found some of my favourite books by personal recommendations from other people and it excites me that I might be able to do this for others too.
If you want to read any of my reviews this would be a good place to start: http://www.drchrisharper.co.uk/blog/top-10-books-of-2017
And if you have read a book that you felt was amazing I would love to hear about it so that I can add it to my reading list.
Dr Chris Harper