I wish I had read this book a long time ago. I’m a classic readoholic but it’s been a journey of guilt. There are many books that I have read that I don’t remember. There are many books on my shelf that I have started with great flourish but never completed. I could have avoided many reading gaffes if I had known the skill that reading is.
They don’t teach you how to read in school though it would be a good idea to tell your kids about some techniques in this very practical book- for instance your index finger is a great tool while speed reading. Hold your finger on the word and your monkey mind stays there.
Good old pencils make your reading experience worthwhile. When you do those squiggly markings and underlining, you imprint the message of the book in your mind.
There is a method to this madness and knowing how to use a book as sedative is not it.
While reading this book and occasionally checking out #amwriting and #reading on twitter, it struck me that many people don’t dedicate time to reading like they would, say to me-time.
The 1970s was the Decade of Reading in America. Now it’s more of visual excess. So is a how to read manual relevant even today?
Don’t see why not. Since we read online all the time, knowing how to read well is a bonus.
Though I would like a new revised chapter on how to read emails without missing the most important bits, how to make the most of your e-reader and how to speed read one hundred and fifty webpages a day without getting cross-eyed.
No point in being one of those “bookful (rewrite: e-bookful) blockheads, ignorantly read”.
Shouldn’t a reader know that there are four kinds of reading?
My favourite classification was Inspectional reading- the kind of reading you do in a book store before you buy a book. You stand for a while perusing the book, deciding whether or not you want to buy it. What should you look out for?
Read this book to find out.
In Part 2 of this review, I’ll talk about how you can X-ray a book. You can!