06-23-2008 10:38 AM
I recently joined my first book club and just started reading next month's selection. However, I'm struggling with the best approach to reading the book, taking notes, and remembering important points. Does anyone have suggestions? Are there tools available to help readers be more efficient? Currently I am highlighting important passages and jotting down notes on a pad of paper, but I'm wondering if there is a better way. I'm sure it varies by reader, but I am just curious what other people are doing.
Thanks for your help!
06-23-2008 10:49 PM
06-24-2008 10:12 AM
06-27-2008 03:33 AM
07-23-2008 06:55 PM
I cannot give guidance specifically on 'reading a book'. Reading is not an exercise, it is an experience.
An unopened book oozes anticipation of another world.
Take a deep breath to savour the smell and relish the virgin pages you are about to explore.
Pure unadulterated reading certainly does not require accessories.
When the book is finished your imagination will continue to think about the story you have absorbed, where your mind has gone since you opened the book, the bits that made an impact, the people you related to or loathed and the scenes you envisiged.
The bits of a book that affect you are the bits that really matter.
07-24-2008 11:40 PM
I admit, I'm not as academic as a lot of people in book clubs. When I read a book, it's usually for my personal enjoyment. I just read it without trying to take notes or remember quotations. Certain things that are more important to me naturally stick in my mind, but I don't go out of my way to force myself to remember details.
07-24-2008 11:50 PM
Sometimes I find it hard to keep up with the pace of book clubs. I don't have much free time, and I tend to fall behind with my reading. One thing that I enjoy about this site is that there are plenty of general discussions, for example the community room, where you can contribute even if you don't have time to keep up with a specific reading schedule.