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What is a Book Summary?

A book summary is not a book review.

A book review is a description of the book including your opinions, interpretations, ideas, and critiques.

A book summary, sometimes called a synopsis, it recaps all the main ideas and does not include outside commentary.

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How to Write a Book Summary, Step-by-Step (w/ Templates) - Copywriting Course


Active vs Passive Readers

Passive readers forget things almost as quickly as they read them. Active readers, on the other hand, retain the bulk of what they read.

The more that active readers read, the better they get. They develop a latticework of mental models to hang ideas on, further increasing retention. Active readers learn to differentiate good arguments and structures from bad ones. 

Passive readers who read a lot are not much further ahead than passive readers who read a little.

How to Remember What You Read


  • Consider your purpose for reading and what you need to be able to understand, know, or do after reading.
  • Determine what you already know about the material you are to read.
  • Give the text an initial glance, noting headings, diagrams, tables, pictures, bolded words, summaries, and key questions. Consider reading introductions and conclusions to gather main ideas.
  • Plan to break your reading into manageable chunks.

Reading Comprehension Tips - Learning Center


Whatever problem you’re struggling with is probably addressed in some book somewhere written by someone a lot smarter than you.

This is all written down, often in the first person. Read it.

A look at any random sampling of successful people finds a common trait: a love of books and an education that was primarily self-driven.

This Simple Note-Taking Method Will Help You Read More (and remember what you’ve read)


The importance of marking a book

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 but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.

Third, writing your reactions down helps you to remember the thoughts of the author.

Reading a Book is a Conversation Between You and the Author


The Difference Between Reading for Understanding and Reading for Information.

There is a difference between reading for understanding and reading for information. Anything easily digested is reading for information. The regurgitation of facts without solid understanding and context gains you little in the real world. Learning something insightful requires mental work. It’s uncomfortable. If it doesn’t hurt, you’re not learning. You need to find writers who are more knowledgeable on a particular subject than yourself.

How to Read a Book: The Ultimate Guide by Mortimer Adler



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