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How to make a book your own

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:

  • It keeps you awake to its content.
  • When reading is active, you are thinking, and thinking expresses itself in words, spoken or written.
  • Writing your reactions down helps you to remember.
  • Reading is a conversation between you and the author. Marking a book is expressing your differences or agreements.

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Improve your reading by asking the right questions

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...

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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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How to mark a 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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Why is marking a book indispensable to reading it? 

First, it keeps you awake, not merely conscious, but wide awake. 

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The book is yours

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...

Read with a Pencil

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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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