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Analytical Reading

Analytical Reading


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Know what you are reading

Know what you are reading

Consider if you are reading a novel, a play, an expository work. It may sound simple, but it is not. For example, is Gone with the Wind a romance or history of the south?

Any book that consists mainly of opinions, theories or speculations conveys knowledge and is an expository work. It is also important to know in which way a book is instructive. For example, a book on physics does not deal with a problem the same way as a book on morals.

The best way to do this is with inspectional reading.


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Practical vs. theoretical books

Practical books tell you how to do something you want to do or should do, along with an argument for the right way of doing it.

Theoretical books are concerned with something to be seen or understood. It teaches you that something is true.


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Every book has a structure that should be understood. There is a difference between a pile of bricks and a single house. A book is like a single house. It is made up of different rooms, sizes, shapes, outlooks, uses. Each major part has an amount of independence.

A good book, like a good house, have a great structure.

  • Say what the whole book is about as briefly as possible.
  • Then, set forth the major parts of the book, show how they are organised into a whole.


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Find out what the authors problems were

The author may or may not tell you what the questions were that caused him to produce his work. It is your task as a reader to formulate the questions as accurately as you can.

You should be able to state the main question the book tries to answer and be able to state the subordinate questions if the main question is complex with many parts.


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