Executive summaries are great!
- Most good ideas can be summarized in twenty-five words or less.
- Many non-fiction books are padded with excess verbiage. Reading a good summary or in-depth review of a book can be as useful as reading the book itself.
- There are periodicals that review and/or summarize popular books – a valuable resource worth exploring.
- Can’t find a summary of a book? Try reading the last paragraph of each chapter. Make your own summary for later reference – try to express each chapter as one paragraph, or one sentence.
- Summaries aren’t a good replacement for fiction, which is about the journey, not just the destination. But they can deepen your understanding of a work after reading it.