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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:
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Reading a book other than for entertainment is to ask the book questions.
There are four key questions you should ask about any book:
When you are willing to engage with the book by writing in it, you pay the author the highest respect.
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
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Why is marking a book indispensable to reading it?
First, it keeps you awake, not merely conscious, but wide awake.
Second, reading, if it is active, is thinking, and thinking tends to express itself in words, spoken or written. The person who says he knows what he thinks bu...
Full ownership of a book only comes when you have made it a part of yourself, and the best way to make yourself a part of it— which comes to the same thing— is by writing in it.
Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author. It is the highe...
When reading with a pencil—underlining, making little notes, etc.—you tend to be more engaged with the book, which in turn leads to a more enjoyable experience.
It also leads to better memory for the book long-term, which contributes to a more satisfying experience...
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