When it comes to book etiquette, there are definitely some reading do’s and don’ts. Like don’t dog-ear the pages, don’t bend the spine back so the covers touch. Don’t rip out the back pages to wrap your used gum. Don’t rip the cover off so you can take small sections of the book out. But nobody does that, right? Well, how about when you are reading books that you hope to learn from, not just reading for entertainment. Are there specific rules? Patrick Bet-David at Valuetainment made this hilarious video of his Ten Commandments of Reading but I had to add 11 and 12, just because while they were implied, they weren’t explicitly stated.
- Don’t waste time reading books that you hate
- Don’t listen to music with lyrics while reading
- Do read multiple books at the same time – at all times, you should be reading a biography, a novel and a business book
- Don’t lend books; instead, buy extra copies of your favorites to give away
- Don’t just skim books for bullet-points; read the stories for illustrations
- Silence your inner voice while reading and allow the author to teach you
- Take notes and highlight while you read
- Join a book club – bonus points if you join my 20 Seventeen Book Club 🙂
- Share what you have learned – discuss it with someone else immediately
- Encourage others to read
- Read every day. It doesn’t matter how many pages you finish but get in the habit of reading every single day.
- Don’t spoil books for others. Share enough to invite them to read the book but don’t ever ruin someone else’s reading experience.
Do you have some reading do’s and don’ts other than the ones on this list?