Previously I checked books pretty much as I went along. Doing otherwise felt like the check was playacting; if knowing wasn’t going to affect my behavior towards the book it was rigor theater, not genuinely caring about a book’s factual accuracy. I’m backing off on that. It prevents a book from gathering any momentum and it’s too easy to turn into cheap shots. Instead, for the mental health books, my default is going to be read the introduction and at least one other chapter, marking what I want to verify as I go, and circle back at the end of the second chapter to fact check. This will give the books a little time to breathe and for me to evaluate their model. It’s also way easier for me.
The exception will be books where I get a stuck feeling and need to look something up to continue, or where I get nerd sniped.