How do you Read a book and what do you usually read!?

@kamran12 (5555)
Pakistan
May 17, 2007 1:49am CST
I first try to read the preface, whatever the topic is. I think it's whole book in a nutshell and it gives a pretty good idea about what to expect in the book. It may also reveal the perspective of the writer which may help in understanding the subject. Then I go about the contents and have a quick look of what is discussed, which helps me organize my reading and timing. If I am already familiar with the subject and have read it extensively then seeing the contents help me jump the basics or the pre-requisits of the main subject. Then I formally start reading:-) I have a variety of subjects to study; Religion, Politics, Sciences specially engineering, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy and some times Novels and a Archaeology. What reading method do you apply, do you read at random or organize your reading? what do you read usually?
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@JessyBlue (536)
• United States
21 May 07
I have a weird way I start of reading a book or magazine. I have to always read the last page of a book first, before going to the first page..and with a magazine I read it from the last page to the first page. LOL I don't know why I do this, but I always have.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
21 May 07
It seems you like to know the end of the story and like to work back your way to the start. That can be interesting specially if you want to apply this approach to real life, like searching for answers to the ages old questions of purpose of life, why we are here, what is next etc:-) Thanks for sharing, JessyBlue:-)
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• Philippines
18 May 07
For novels or pocket books, I usually read the summary at the back. Mainly because, you cannot open the plastic wrap around them.~lol But for other books, I usually read the preface too. And skip to some of my most interested topics, especially if they are the one I need to study. And I also look up the authors and publishers. So I have an idea who wrote it, why and when, so I can see if the book is updated. (^^,)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
18 May 07
yes, it is difficult to know about a novel without opening the plastic, so you have nothing other than to see the summary, lol. Thanks for responding Qphroditei_5279!
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
18 May 07
yes, it is difficult to know about a novel without opening the plastic, so you have nothing other than to see the summary, lol. Thanks for responding Aphroditei_5279!
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• Philippines
19 May 07
It's okay don't worry.~~lol Have a great day! (^^,)
• United States
19 May 07
I read a book front to back =P I need to have total concentration to actually read a book and remember what I read. If I can't concentrate on it because of something happening around me than I seriously won't remember a line I just read. So I need quiet (except for music, I can concentrate with music*not to loud*) and than I can read! I like to read mystery/suspense/thriller/detective books. Just check out my book list on here and you'll see! =P
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
19 May 07
I too like to read a book thoroughly. I think it's important to not only know the content but also the intent of the writer and the book, as well as the feeling (the air of book). ahh! I don't know if i am understandable:-(. It happens to me too that I get disturbed, if something happens when I am reading philosophy, psychology or a novel. otherwise while doing maths, reading history or politics it's not a big problem but sometimes in history too, I get over absorbed:-)
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• United States
19 May 07
I know what you mean when you say the feel (air) of the book. You are understandable so don't worry about it! =P You are always quik to reply to other peoples responses! You are the first one I have seen always comment back on my responses!
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
19 May 07
It won't be justice not to reply back to people who have taken their precious time to respond to my discussion:-) Thanks for understanding my point about feel of the book:-)
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@mari123 (1862)
• China
17 May 07
i read the preface first,and skip to read the content of book,if i find my interesting section,i will be careful to read,and write a note in my notebook.i like to read the subject of histroy,geography,junketing book.and also novels is my favorite.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
17 May 07
That is really tempting to skip when one finds an interesting section. I too like history and geography..forgot to mention:-) Thanks for your comment mari123:-)
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• China
19 May 07
hahahaha,good,i gree with you