Reading for Keeps

I’ve been a “serious” reader for almost two decades.

But I’ll be honest, I can’t remember over half the books I’ve consumed. Big ideas, sure, I can recall them.

But the finer details, all those little gold shavings that you want to bottle up for the right moment, when you need to recall a specific nugget of wisdom…

Yeah, I’m old now. My mind isn’t that sharp.

The latest app in my life is Readwise. It’s a place to store away all of your favorite highlights and excerpts from books and articles. Unlike tools like Evernote, Notion, or SimpleNote (which I also use,) Readwise is built specifically for this purpose.

A daily email resurfaces a few highlights, encouraging continuous learning and review. This opens up the opportunity to revisit old books and perhaps understand them differently as you grow.

What I’m more interested in is the possibility of the right highlight hitting you at exactly the right time. This serendipity is priceless.

(Readwise is not priceless, though! It’s free for your first 30 days and then $4.99/mo, and I’m willing to give it a go.)


Tom Tate

I'm a suburban polymath living just outside Philadelphia with my wonderful wife and three kids. Digital marketing nerd for a SaaS company by day. Rabid movie, music, game, and book consumer by morning, noon, and night. I share life hacks and learnings via email at Weekly Coffee. I also host Power Time Podcast, a Nintendo retrospective. Sometimes I write stuff. Most of the time, it's on the internet.