How To Read A Book

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Books are often gateways to make the human mind free and versatile, a good book is like a portal to another realm something that can take you to magic kingdoms and futuristic city view, spooky mansions and uncharted landscapes. Whether you’re interested in fiction or non-fiction, poetry or textbooks, there are a number of techniques you can use to get the most out of your literary experience.

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1. Beginning with the Basic Steps.

Pick A Book

When you’re reading for your own pleasure, you will probably want to choose a general interest fiction or non-fiction book. There are basically millions of such books, so finding one that’s right for you can be a hard nut to crack. A perfect place to start is by thinking about what you like, and also about what you dislike. Keep to record how many different types of books are out there. There are fictional books like *To Kill A Mockingbird*. There are fantasy books like *The Lord Of The Rings*. And so many others.

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  • Knowing your personal interest can really help you find a book you’ll find enjoyable. Just because someone else says a book is healthy doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily enjoy it. Some people enjoy fantasy novels, other people hate them. Think about what kind of an experience you want to have while reading. Do you want a rousing adventure tale? A cerebral exploration of ideas? An emotional journey through the lives of believable characters? How long of a book do you want to read? How challenging do you want it to be? Are there certain perspectives you want your book to embrace or avoid? Answering these questions will narrow down the field of possible books.
  • Non-fiction books can be a little easier to narrow down than fiction ones. Most popular nonfiction books are histories or biographies of famous people. Is there a famous person you’d like to know more about? Do you want to know more about a country, a landmark, a war, a historical event? Do you want to know more about oceans, or dinosaurs, or pirates, or stage magic? Pretty much anything you can think of has had a nonfiction book written about it.
    • Just because you find a nonfiction book about something that interests you doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like the book. Some books are well written and interesting, others are poorly written and boring. If you find a nonfiction book about something you like, read the first couple of pages first to see if you like the writer’s style. If you find the book difficult or boring on the first page, it probably won’t get any better as you read through.

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  • Go to the library. Your local library is a good place to browse books, since if you see one that interests you, you won’t even have to pay anything to read it. Tell the librarian what you’re interested in, and ask him or her to point you to one or two areas of the library where you might find interesting books related to your interests.
  • Don’t judge the book by its cover. The title and cover illustrations may seem boring or not your taste, but inside the book could be a whole world of pleasure and enjoyment that you will be enthralled by. This, however, is not always the case, so make sure you pick wisely! Also, look at the thickness of the book. If a quick read is what you’re looking for, a big, heavy book wouldn’t be suitable, and vice versa. Lastly, if you are buying the book for someone other than yourself, think about their age and interests, if you are purchasing for a child, young adult books such as Fifty Shades of Grey may not be the ideal choice.
  • Ask those around you. Good friends and close relatives may be able to recommend books to you based on what they enjoyed and thought you would also enjoy. But be careful because some people like to read long stories while others don’t. If you love science for example, search for science books.
  • Check online. The Internet is filled with book lovers who are more than happy to share their opinions about various titles. Find a community that discusses books and search for the subjects you like, or just visit online retail sites and browse user reviews of books that look good. Either way is a great method for getting a quick idea of the most popular and best-liked titles in any category of book.
  • Make it a group event. Book clubs and readings are both fun ways to expose yourself to new books.
    • Many clubs are focused around a particular genre of book, such as science fiction or romance, but some are more general.
    • Fiction readings happen regularly at many independent bookstores.
    • Nonfiction writers can sometimes be found giving readings or even free guest lectures at nearby colleges. Go and listen to see if their book sounds like something you would like to read, and learn a little about something that interests you at the same time. Some books starts with easily understood explanation so don’t get bored after the first few pages; remember every story has a lesson.

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Get the book you will like to read.

There are different ways to accomplish this:

  • Check out the book from the library. If you don’t have a library membership, just walk into the library and ask for one.
    • Be aware that if you’re trying to read a widely known book, you may end up weeks or months down the waiting list for a copy.
  • Buy the book. Visit a bookstore or newsstand and purchase your own copy to keep for as long as you like. The advantage of this method is that with a little work, you can usually find even the hottest books and read them right away; the downside is that you have to pay money to buy the book.
    • Since you’re paying, be sure to pick up the book and read a few pages of it in the store first, so you can tell if you’ll enjoy the author’s writing style when you crack it open at home.
  • Borrow the book. Friends and relatives who recommend a book to you will often have their own copy and be glad to led it to you for as long as it takes you to finish.
    • Be sure to take good care of books you have been loaned, and read them in a timely fashion so you don’t forget about them and leave them gathering dust on a shelf for the next year.
  • Electronically purchase the book. With the advent of portable e-readers and smartphones over the last several years, electronically published editions of print books are becoming more and more common. It also means that the book can be taken with you anywhere where your phone/tablet/iPod is.
    • The cost of purchasing a virtual book is often slightly less than the cost of purchasing a physical copy, so if you have a reader already, you might save a little cash. Don’t buy huge books if you know you won’t finish it. good types of apps for these are the Kindle apps or if you have a new version of an iProduct, iBooks.
    • Like a paper-and-ink book, an electronic book is yours to keep once you’ve paid for it. The only downside to this is that, unlike paper books, you cannot pawn them off because the book is installed in your device.
    • Remember that electronic editions are more difficult than regular books to bring with you on long vacations or camping trips.

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Interactional Reading

Inhabit the writing inside the book and make it a part of your own life by emphasizing your favorite parts. You will enjoy it much more than if you try to dryly deconstruct it or push through it in a linear fashion.

  • Keep track of what you read. Write down page numbers or author names for items you particularly enjoy so that you can revisit them easily in the future.
  • Use a pencil. If you own the book, consider lightly marking it with a pencil wherever you see a line or a word that grabs your attention.
  • “If we know what specific interactions are occurring between caregiver and child and we can link that to language outcomes, then it wouldn’t just be telling parents, ‘Read a lot of books to your kids also,’” Gros-Louis adds. “That would definitely be important to tell them, but you could also identify specific behaviors to do during book reading.”

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2.Reading a Textbook

Taking notes

It is possible to read a textbook for fun, But Most people read a textbook because they need to get some sought of  information from it, and textbooks are an excellent source of concentrated, clearly-organized information on many topics. To get the most from reading your textbook, have a notepad open beside you while you read so you can note down some key points.

  • Set a pattern. Read one paragraph at a time, then stop and make a note about what that paragraph said. Try to put it into one or two quick phrases or sentences.
  •  At the end of your session, Review your results. you’ll have a personal copy of all the information you need. Read over it to ensure that everything makes sense to you.

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Reading by chapter.

In most cases, it isn’t a must to read a textbook straight through from start to finish, but it isn’t very useful to jump from section to section, either. Instead, every time you have to read even part of a chapter, if you haven’t done so already, plan to read that entire chapter.

  • Understand more of what you read. Reading the whole chapter in order once will put all the information you need into a solid context, making it easier to understand and easier to remember.
  • Take a victory lap. There’s no need to read back through the whole chapter once you’ve done it the first time. You can cherry-pick from the chapter as needed afterward.

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Try To Keep up

When you’re reading a textbook, it’s probably for a class you’re trying to pass an exam or test. Textbooks are dense, slow reads, so the best way to tackle them is to start early and try to make steady progress every time you open one up.

  • Make it a date. Schedule regular space at least a few days a week to read your textbook, and it’ll go by much more easily than if you tried to cram it all in right before each test.

I hope you find these methods helpful, please share with your friends.

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