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Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Ep. 238: The Joys of the Reading Life

Mar 6, 2023
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Quick takeaways

  • Curate a personal library with high-quality books through a selective process of replacing least favorite books with new ones.
  • Recognize that book value is subjective, but build a personal library that reflects your unique interests and preferences.

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Building a Personal Library

To build a personal library, start with a single bookshelf and fill it with books you find interesting, including ones you want to read right away and others you may read in the future. Once the bookshelf is full, follow the replacement rule. Whenever you get a new book, make room for it by replacing one of the least favorite books on the shelf. Keep cycling through this process until the average quality of books on the shelf increases. Then you can buy a second bookshelf and repeat the process. The goal is to have bookshelves with high-quality books that have survived several rounds of selection.

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