Why

Although being an avid reader, I’ve never thought about writing down what I’ve read. Instead, I reread books just in case I forgot. A few years ago, I started to think about writing a blog to document my reading journey. At first, I tried using mind mapping technique from Tony Buzan—which was time-consuming. It took weeks to create detail map of a book, and you can’t revise its content on mobile. So I gave up after a few books.

Knowing the fallacy of our mind, I knew I had to, but kept procrastinating for years. Then 2020  happened.

Using principles in How to Take Smart Notes, I started writing with a few principles in my mind:

  • Write with my own words, not just paraphrasing the authors in book summaries 
  • Create an “external memory” that I can revise anytime on my phone, hence WordPress.org
  • Organize my knowledge about design, learning, parenting, psychology, history, language, literature,… to find gaps and…
  • Expand my perspective , challenge my perceptions and build better mental model about the world.

What

With those in mind, this site serves as my external memory for my future self (and my daughter).

For summaries, I tried to distill every book in under 10 minutes for future revisions, but better the book, longer the summary.

  • must read, multiple times
  • should read at least once
  • there are better books
  • skip it
  • avoid it
I also use a lot of spoiler in my summaries for two reasons
  • Be able to skim through summary quickly
  • Actively recall will enhance memory thanks to testing effect 

I will try to incorporate spaced-repetition  into this site in the future.

How

My writing is barely readable, so I use WordPress with GeneratePress theme, Elementor as editor (which is bloated) and UberMenu 3 for menu. For optimization, I used WP Rocket, Imagify and Autoptimize. I also hosted Google & Fontawesome locally. For content plugin, I mostly used Shortcodes Ultimate, Fixed TOC, Tufte CSS for sidenotes.

Disclaimer

There is no ads, affiliate, tracking nor cookie (except Cloudflare’s _cfduid  for serving cache, which will also be deprecated on 10 May, 2021 ) on this site. Links to external sites are for convenient only.

I tried my best to give credit to contents copied from other website. But if you don’t want me to, drop me a message at LinkedIn.

This site is published under Creative Commons license, feel free to share or adapt as you wish.