A Gentleman’s Guide on How to Read a Book

Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!

Books, there could not be any nobler hobby than reading books. Every man, woman, and child should read books – no exceptions, especially the men. Most of the prominent men in history are voracious readers, from Theodore Roosevelt to LeBron James. Reading gives you a chance to reconnect with the notable thinkers of our time. Reading makes you a lot smarter and more well-rounded; not to mention, reading makes you a hell lot sexier. Smart is the new sexy; women dig men who read. There is no hobby out there that is beneficial to your well-being than books – there is no reason not to read. 

In the past, some have been critical of my love of shoes and books.  For some reason, they felt that broke people do not deserve nice things because, well – we are broke. To be clear, if it is not for the shoes and books, this blog would not exist. My social media tagline is “Books, shoes, and all about looking good.” so figure.

Another thing, shoes and, more importantly, books are an investment I make to myself. If you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, would you hire a nincompoop in sandals and sunglasses? No, I do not think so. If you are content in life as a fool, that is fine by me but do not expect me to do the same. It is not like I am spending money on alcohol and crack. No one appreciates the value of something more than the people who worked earnestly for them. It is like telling kids not to go to school because their parents cannot afford it. Invest in what is vital – yourself!

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Whether you buy books or borrow them from a local library, books are certainly worth your time and effort. It still surprises me to this day – that many Filipinos, especially men, are not fond of books. I know that books are not that accessible here; we do not even have a decent library. But still, I do not see that as an excuse. While Netflix can be enticing, it cannot replicate the immersive experience of reading. I seek to encourage you to read a book so much that I dedicate one day of the month to write about a book.

  1. Open book.
  2. Read words.
  3. Close book.
  4. Open the next book.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, am I right? Yeah, if you are a robot. 

Before you pick up a book, do you look up the author? Do you look for what else they have written? Do you do a prompt inspectional reading? Check the blurb or look for reviews? While you are reading it, do you take note of the bits and pieces? After reading it, do you contemplate what the book is all about? Do you think about its significance? Do you share your thoughts about the book with others? Not so simple anymore, right?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, then congratulations! You are not a mindless tool! Not only did you read the book, but you also analyzed it. I know it is tedious and time-consuming, but it elevates the experience.

Now that we have the full experience, here are some points to consider when reading.

Paper Vs. eBook – I prefer paper. My eyes hurt when I stare at a screen for extended periods. But I know people who enjoy eBooks, so this all up to your preferences. 

New Vs. Used – Again, I prefer used because I am broke. Used books are a lot cheaper than new ones, plus used books have character. But, I would not hesitate in buying new books if it is on sale. This all up to you, if you could afford to buy new books, then go ahead.

Fiction Vs. Non-fiction – I am a content writer, and I have no choice but to read non-fiction. Not that I am complaining, I enjoy it, to be exact. But that also does not mean I do not read fiction – I love both genres.

Reading offers a unique opportunity for reflection. It gives you a mental image of who you are, who you do not want to be, and who you hope to become. Reading offers solace and refuge, as well as escape. Reading a book is the most satisfying hobby out there.

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11 thoughts on “A Gentleman’s Guide on How to Read a Book

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  1. I love books, non fiction usually the ones that teach me something about myself and about the world. I like paper books just like you my eyes hurt from staring at a screen, also I cannot retain as much from reading on an e-reader. Used books in good condition because I am poor, although I will buy new if I want to keep it for ever.
    I loved your post today very much. Thank you Arnie. ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Totoo na hindi sobrang mahilig ang maraming Pinoy sa mga aklat. Ang byenan ko ay dating college professor at ang asawa ko ay dating high school teacher at hindi sila nagbabasa kahit kelan. Ako ay hindi nagtapos ng kolehyo (wala pa half way through) pero nagbabasa ako maraming libro, mga makapal na tomo (at kahit kaunting “toma”)


    1. Hi! Thanks for dropping by!

      I have to lookup DNF in Google and if what I’ve read was right, it’s “Did not finish”.

      I always finish what I’m reading even if it challenges my perception. I think if it challenges your outlook, you should see it through.

      Sometimes, when I get overwhelmed with what I’m reading, I’ll read a new book and get back to the old one later.


      1. No problem! A blogging break can be a nice thing. Sometimes, I wonder when people are focused on survival, their minds are not receptive to reading books. The Rotary Club has built several libraries or mini libraries internationally. Maybe I can suggest some regions to look into to partner with in the future.

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      2. That would be great. I do think that Filipinos think that reading is not worth their time. I come from a typical middle-class household and I am the only reader in our house. Hopefully, the kids get into it. I’m starting them with comic books. 😅


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