Although being an avid reader, I’ve never thought about writing down what I’ve read. Instead, I just reread books just in case. 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, and not that effective. It took weeks to create detail map of one book, and you can’t revise on mobile. So I gave up after a few books.
Knowing the fallacy of our mind, I knew I had to write them down, but kept procrastinating for years. Then COVID-19 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 and Notion.so.
- Organize my knowledge about game design, user experience, learning, parenting, psychology, history, language, literature,… to find gaps…
- Expand my perspective , challenge my perceptions to build better mental models about the world.
With those in mind, this site serves as my external memory for my future self (and my daughter).
- Posts are my writings about designing, parenting, reading and learning,…
- Summaries are my book summaries, mostly non-fiction. I only read classics which don’t need review. One can search them up on SparkNotes.com, CliffNotes.com and similar sites.
- How to Raise an Adult? is my collection of books/guidelines/principles for raising my daughter.
- 2020 2021 2022 2023 Reading Challenge are my Goodreads reading challenges .
- Sitemap for human only! Stay away, crawlers!
For summaries, I tried to distill every book in under 10 minutes for future revisions, the better the book, the longer the summary.
- must read, multiple times
- should read at least once
- there are better books, and life is too short
- skip it for your sanity
- avoid it like plague
My hand 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 Source & Fontawesome locally. For content plugin, I mostly used Shortcodes Ultimate for formating, Fixed TOC for table of content, and Tufte CSS for sidenotes.
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