Bookmarks, Jan 23

Every so often I end up with a set of bookmarks on the same topic. This week they’re on reading and writing – two things I’m trying to do more of. Enjoy.

How to Write with Substance

By Gregory Ciotti

I’m no writer, that’s why I love these articles.

Writing that is “too wide” tries to explain everything but ends up saying nothing. Part of writing well is deciding where one piece ends and another begins. If you don’t hold the line, you’ll be dragged around by it.


11 Ways To Write Better

By Joshua Fields Millburn

If you want to write better, check out these tips.


How to Finish Over 100 Books in 2016

By Tim Challies

I decided I wanted to take my own reading challenge this year (I’m only shooting for 50). I am excited to be underway and working on incorporating these three habits into my reading.

It would be better to master fewer books than to lightly skim hundreds of books just to say that you have read them. That is not the point. But I have found that I can get a surprising amount of reading done by establishing the following three habits.


Going All-in With Ebooks

By Tim Challies

I’ve made a commitment to read more this year. Challies is shooting for over 100 books. I’m going for 50. In this venture and think long term (mostly regarding portability but also about reference), I’ve started to contemplate eBook versus paper. Ironically, the book I’m having the greatest trouble with his Challies Do More Better. I appear to struggle with committing more than he as I can’t even commit to go digital for one book. But, as he says, “… I’m going to do it. I think. Here I go. Probably.”

I think he may have fallen into a common trap we encounter when we transition from an old medium to a new one. We tend to want the new medium to mimic the old one and judge the new in light of the old. What we fail to account for are the ways in which the new is superior, in which the new is something entirely new.

A response post from Logos.


7 simple ways to read more this year

By Anne Bogel

In an effort to read more this year (as I said above, I’m shooting for 50 books), I’ve already started implementing most of Anne’s tips.

The second approach is to build reading into your days, in advance and on purpose. Schedule yourself a reading time. Plan for a regular reading break with your coffee or lunch or the kids’ after school snack. Put a great book by your bed and commit to reading a chapter before turning out the light every night. If you plan to read, you will read more.


If you’re not a writer, I at least hope some of these help you with your reading. If you read any great articles this week, I’d love to hear about them.


  • Carrie

    Ebooks are only my emergency reading supply, with a few exceptions… like when I find really OLD books on Kindle, for free. I can’t say no to those. Otherwise, I’m a paper girl… I love the feel of them, the smell of them, and the fact that I can put a fun bookmark in them that makes me smile when I open to my last spot. It’s nice to see your progress on Goodreads. 🙂

    • I’m glad to hear a response on the eBook versus paper – especially from you. 😉 I’m super torn on the issue (maybe a little pun intended). I love the portability of digital. Currently I have three books on my iPad I’m reading and access to about 30 more, which include some of my commentaries for studying. Should we ever move, it will be far easier to transport a digital library as well. Searching and exporting notes are big benefits as well, among others. With that said, I think I have three hangups with digital. 1. you don’t own the book, you own a license to read it. You also can’t loan or give it away. Plus, what happens when Amazon (or others) change format or go away. Unlikely, but… 2. Even though you can highlight, take notes and export notes, I still think I prefer doing so on paper. 3. When I’m reading novels or fiction, I love eBooks. When I’m reading for retention or to study, I believe I remember and absorb more when it’s paper. When recalling something, I often can picture it on the page. That’s something I haven’t found I can do with digital. Maybe I need more time with it. Or, maybe I’m just one of those people that needs pager..

      I do agree with you, I like the bookmarks (currently mine are freebies from Delta), the typography, the feel of paper, the smell, etc. Appreciate the recommendation for Goodreads. I’ve been really enjoying it. Need more “friends” and a few more people taking the reading challenge. It’s not really competition, but it does keep me motivated when I see others moving ahead.