This is a helpful template you can copy into your favorite text editor and fill-in for each book you need to get through quickly. If you stumbled upon this without seeing the article that it goes with, this will make a lot more sense if you take a look here

Before you start

Questions everyone should answer:

  • Why are they writing this book?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What am I trying to learn from this book?
  • What is the author’s main point?


Specific questions you always want to answer:



Specific questions for this book:





Questions I can answer before I even start:




Step one: What is the author’s main point?







Step two: What are the sub-points?


Sub points as a list:


Step three: Order


Order you’re going to read the chapters in:


(Step three and a half: I read the index)

Step four: Read




Chapters and sub chapters:


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