Incremental, Iterative, Collaborative Book Reading and Note-taking

I had a satisfying experience in annotating a book. Although it’s not the first time I am following this process I feel I am, finally, onto something.
I’ve read the first two parts, about 80 pages, in one week, three times.
The first time I quickly made sense of the book’s topic, its structure, the premise and the author’s stance. The second time I highlighted the interesting parts in Google Play Books and I’ve added, not for all notes, a brief statement about their sense. Since the author hints the content of the chapters ahead I make connections between the initial parts and I can see their pespective.
The third time I get my automatically created Google Doc with with all notes exported and I do a summary reading. This time I copy each note and I paste it into a Mural Canvas.
By positioning each note in cluster and connecting them I started to build a concept map of the book enriched by keywords and comments.

The first reading was quick, the second took me the longest, while the third iteration was very fast and I felt like moving a familiar ground. The highest point of this learning experience was sharing my notes in a call with another person reading the same pages. In less than one hour we had a stellar co-learning sessions, we exchanged notes, considerations connections with adjacent topics. I’ve annotated and integrated in real-time the concep map and we got really excited about the amount of information we were able to do in such short time.

I adore this format, I want to read book in his way in the future. It’s fun, engaging, active and It makes me learn, connect and remember more.

Senior Experience Designer. 25 years designing, developing, writing, speaking, facilitating and teaching.

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