A student recently asked me for “some tips on how to improve reading speed and retention.” As I’m sure it’s a problem many of you wrestle with as well, I thought I’d share some of the resources on reading that I’ve gathered over the years. Here are the best books on reading followed by blog posts on various reading related subjects. For more resources and Top 10 lists of books on various subjects click here.


How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer Adler. The classic bestselling book on how to read with speed, comprehension, and retention.

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke. A Christian classic on reading. Overlaps with Mortimer Adler in parts, but it’s all from a consistent and comprehensive Christian worldview.

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies. Not a book on reading as such, but does focus on one of the vital skills for reading wisely and profitably as a Christian.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas Foster. Entertaining, enjoyable, educational read.

There are also many speed reading books out there. But perhaps the greatest skill we need to develop today is How To Read Slowly.

And now the blog posts by category.

Why Read?

Why We Should Read Books | MOS – Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

Why can’t we read anymore? – San Francisco Chronicle

Why You Should Read for 20 Minutes Every Day | Time Management Ninja

Here’s What The Most Successful People Read And Why

How Making Time for Books Made Me Feel Less Busy

America’s Reading Crisis Is Much Worse Than You Think | Her.meneutics | Christianitytoday.com

Reading as Parenting « THE CHRISTIAN PUNDIT

6 Reasons Not to Read a Book – Borrowed Light

What Is Literature Good For? | Everyday Theology

The benefits of reading a book uninterrupted for 30 minutes | WSJ 

Why I Love to Read Non-Christian Books | Challies Dot Com

Brain function ‘boosted for days after reading a novel’ – Science – News – The Independent

7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books

Four Good Reasons to Read Good Books | Challies Dot Com

Why Pastors Should Read Over Their Heads – Kevin DeYoung

3 Reasons Writers Read Books

Why should Christians read literature?

Reading ‘can help reduce stress’ – Telegraph

For Those Who Want to Lead, Read – John Coleman – Harvard Business Review

Pastors: Fight for the Time to Read! – Justin Taylor

How to Read

Don’t Have Time to Read Books? Try This One Weird Trick | TGC 

The Blogger and the Mechanical Bull | MOS – Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

How to Finish Over 100 Books in 2016

Tips on Reading Better While Retaining More | TGC

Five Questions on Reading and Leadership – Eric Geiger

Marginalia, the Anti-Library, and Other Ways to Master the Lost Art of Reading – 99u 

How to Stop Forgetting What You Read

Credo Magazine » Young, Reading, & Reformed (Fred G. Zaspel)

Credo Magazine » How Do You “Read So Much?” – Part 1 (Timothy Raymond)

Credo Magazine » How Do You “Read So Much”? – Part 2 (Timothy Raymond)

Credo Magazine » How Do You “Read So Much”? – Part 3 (Timothy Raymond)

Habits Of A Book Junkie In A Digital World | The Creative Penn

20 Reading Tips

4 ways to read more books in 2015. – Jon Acuff

Read More: The Simple System I Use to Read 30+ Books/Year

“Give Attention to the Reading”

Finish That Book! – The Atlantic

Learning to Read…Again | Biblical Counseling Coalition Blogs

7 Different Ways to Read a Book | Challies Dot Com

How to Be a Better Online Reader : The New Yorker

Read More, Faster and Better with these 30+ Apps, Tips and Tricks – Zapier

How to Read Fiction and Become a More Interesting Preacher | Pastoralized

How Can I Best Absorb Information While Reading?

8 Tips to Help You Get More Reading Done | Time Management Ninja

How To Read More — A Lot More | RyanHoliday.net

How to read a Christian book | The Briefing

3 ways my reading habits have changed | Blogging Theologically

How to Read a Book – Desiring God

Write in your books | Joel Miller

A Beginner’s Guide to Reading Over Your Head – Kevin DeYoung

Why Pastors Should Read Over Their Heads – Kevin DeYoung

The Pastor and His Reading « Miscellanies.

10 Steps to Read 50 Books in 2013 | Pastoralized

Extreme Reading

Alan Jacobs on How to Read a Book – Justin Taylor

Tony Reinke on a Theology of Reading – Desiring God

Eugene Peterson on the Reading and Writing Life of the Pastor – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Write in your books | Joel J. Miller

I’d Love to Read More, but… | Crossway

5 Ways to Make More Time to Read | Michael Hyatt

Ten Tips to Better Reading (to the Glory of God!)

D.A. Carson on Different Ways to Read : Kingdom People

Moonwalking, Einstein, and Book Reading « Miscellanies.

TGC Asks Fred Sanders: What Are Your Reading Habits? – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Westminster Theological Seminary – Becoming a Demanding Reader

Read Better with Baxter | Challies Dot Com

How to Boost Your Reading Comprehension by Reading Smarter and More Conscientiously

What to read?

Some Thoughts on Reading Books | Al Mohler

Redeeming our Reading – Feeding on Christ

Credo Magazine » Thomas Schreiner gives reading advice to young pastors

Mortifying the Fear of Academic Books   The Gospel Coalition Blog

Leaders are Readers: 9 Tips for Picking Good Books

Read Hard Things | For Christ and Culture

Suggested Reading List – Reformed Forum

50 Books J. I. Packer Thinks You Should Read

Philip Ryken: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading | TGC

Digital Books

Do You Read Differently Online and in Print?

Going All-in With Ebooks

Why the Printed Book Will Last Another 500 Years ‹ Literary Hub

Print vs. Digital: Another Emotional Win for Paper – Neuromarketing

Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren’t the same thing | Public Radio International

BBC News – E-books ‘damage sleep and health,’ doctors warn

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books

8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free E-Books

Young adult readers ‘prefer printed to ebooks’ | The Guardian

Printed journalism may be dying, but books still have a future

Are Books Doomed? The Rise of the e-Reader [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do E-Reader Owners Read More Books? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Who Loves E-Readers?

Children and Reading

Bully Pulpit: Train Up a Child to Read | MOS – Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

New Year’s Resolution Reading List: 9 Essential Books on Reading and Writing | Brain Pickings

Raising Readers: An Interview With Alan Jacobs | Redeemed Reader

This is your child’s brain on reading – CNN.com

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  • Max Weismann


    We are a not-for-profit educational organization founded by Mortimer Adler and we have recently made an exciting discovery—three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren made a series of thirteen 14-minute videos—lively discussing the art of reading. The videos were produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, sometime after their original publication, these videos were lost.

    Three hours with Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren, lively discussing the art of reading on one DVD. A must for all readers, libraries and classroom teaching the art of reading.

    I cannot exaggerate how instructive these programs are—we are so sure that you will agree, if you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your donation.

    Please go here to see a clip and learn more:


    ISBN: 978-1-61535-311-8

    Thank you,

    Max Weismann, Co-founder with Dr. Adler

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