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How to be a Demanding Reader

How to be a Demanding Reader

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Improve your reading by asking the right questions

Reading a book other than for entertainment is to ask the book questions.

There are four key questions you should ask about any book:

  1. What is the book about as a whole? Find the leading theme and how the author develops this theme by subdividi...

Mortimer J. Adler

Reading is like skiing. When done well, when done by an expert, both reading and skiing are graceful, harmonious activities. When done by a beginner, both are awkward, frustrating, and slow

How to make a book your own

Asking a book questions as you read is not enough. You should also attempt to answer the questions with a pencil in hand. When you buy a book, you establish a property right in it. When you write in it, you develop full ownership of it.

Why you should write in your book:

How to mark a book

When you are willing to engage with the book by writing in it, you pay the author the highest respect.

  • Underline the important points.
  • Draw vertical lines at the margin when a passage is too long to underline.
  • Emph...

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