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Taking Notes

  • If and an idea from the book makes you stop and think, write it down and elaborate on it
  • Copy your favorite quotes and line into your journal. Explain why you wrote them down.
  • Write down what you learned from the book.
  • Would you recommend this book? Should anyone be discouraged from reading this book?
  • Would you like to read more books by this author? Why or why not? 
  • Write a summary or review of the book.

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MORE IDEAS FROM A Book Journal Is a Great Way to Improve Your Reading Skills

Write about the characters, considering these questions:

  • Which character do you like the most? Why?
  • Is there a character you dislike? Why?
  • Do you think that any of the characters represent real people?
  • Do any of the characters represent general personality types?
  • Is the author commenting on these types of people?

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A reading log

A reading log is a place to write down your reactions to what you're reading.

Doing this will allow you to gain insight into the theme and plot, will help you understand what you feel about the characters, and deepen your overall enjoyment.

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Start by writing down your immediate reactions as you read through the book.

  • How do your impressions change halfway through the book?
  • How do you feel after finishing the book?
  • What emotions did the book evoke?
  • Are there connections between the book and your own experience?
  • Does the book similar in part to another book you've read?

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When you have more questions than answers, ask yourself:

  • What are these questions?
  • Would you like to direct your questions to a particular character?
  • Are they questions that you may be able to answer by reading more about the author's life and works?
  • What events or characters do you not understand?
  • Is there anything that the author could have done to clarify or answer any questions you were left with?

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A book journal can work well for poetry, plays, and other literature.

Consider reading about the reading experiences of other great writers. You may even compare notes.

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Consider the names in the book, using these questions:

  • If you were the author, would you have changed the name of a character or the location of a scene?
  • What does the name mean to you?
  • What would you name the character instead?
  • What would you use as a setting?

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Overview: Read like a Writer
  1. Ask meaningful questions
  2. Articulate your opinions — and use evidence
  3. Annotate or keep a reading log
  4. Create something inspired by what you read
  5. Target specific writing skills you want to improve
  6. Examine the larger context
  7. Reread

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Taking notes requires a balance

It’s easier to take notes when we’re listening to content because our hands are free. But when reading a book, taking notes interrupts our reading flow.

There is a balance between taking too many notes - and reading too slowly- and too few notes which prevent us from capturing enough knowledge from the book.

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Old school printed books and e-books sales remain flat in the last five years, while Audiobook sales have shown an increase.

Such figures show that people are shifting towards audio formats of books.

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