Memory and book reading


Maybe this question has been answered a million time but I could not find it, so if it has been please refer me to a post .

I want to start to read more non-fiction books. My problem is that I don’t remermber what I read for a long time .
Sometimes I’m not even done a chapter that I don’t remember what the beginning was about.

But what I’m really concerned about is the long term memeory . I want to be able to remember the content of the books I read many years from now .

I was thinking of writing a summary of every book I real and review one every week so memory don’t fade .
But it seems to be a lot of work and energy involved in doing this, especially since I mainly read in bed.

How do you guys approch this aspect of reading ?


Well, am also interested in similar case and I’ve been looking for some aid.
First thing you have to know is that it’s not going to be easy, especially if you haven’t trained in memorizing harder things like random words, poetry, etc.
It basically entails understanding the book, them compress it into the main ideas, then create images for the ideas, store them in a palace and viola. Whenever you want to remember, look at you palace, you get you images, they remind you of your main ideas in the book, presto


Kind of late response, but I’ve been practicing memory techniques for a few months for this exact reason. Reading books is one of my favorite past-times, and I always felt frustrated with how little I remembered about a book, or how I couldn’t explain the book content or summary to someone who asked.

So, I started using the traditional memory palace method, placing 2 images in one loci. When I first started out I created an image for every 3 pages or so, but for practical reasons soon I switched for a few images per chapter, and it works wonders, I swear it’s like black magic, haha.

At first the images were blurry and confusing but as days and weeks went by and I practiced everyday I got faster, and the images, clearer. I hope this method works for you too. If you have any questions let me know!


Hmm, i guess that can work, thank alot mage


mage - that’s interesting, are you able to give us a sample of how you do this with a few lines of a book and what you actually do to commit to memory?