I Don't Know How To Read...Much Less To Read A Book

@mandala100 (52590)
Hong Kong
May 12, 2017 4:08pm CST
While looking for an interesting book to read in the public library, I've seen the title of this book "How To Read A Book" by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren. Has any one read this book? What an amusing title for a person who knows how to read reading "How To Read A Book", how could you read something if you don't know how to read in the first place?
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• United States
12 May 17
I have not seen this and yes this is highly amusing. I mean, if you cannot read in the first place, then how are you being instructed on how to read a book? But I would be curious to know how someone is telling me to read that book.
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
12 May 17
@TiarasOceanView Yeah, pretty amusing indeed.
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• United States
12 May 17
@mandala100 It is double speak nearly Peter haha
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
12 May 17
@TiarasOceanView I got your point there. Thanks.
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@bunnybon7 (37703)
• Holiday, Florida
12 May 17
that is funny. there is no end to silly unbelievable things these days
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
12 May 17
@bunnybon7 That's right.
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
12 May 17
@Lupita234 Haven't you read it?
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@Kandae11 (40358)
13 May 17
Maybe it has some special tips on how to read certain books in order to get the best out of them.
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
13 May 17
@Kandase11 Yep, it is most likely like that.
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@ADIYOGI (49)
• Vancouver, British Columbia
13 May 17
No need to worry lol, this was one of my problems too before I start doing yoga. I would like to suggest you do take one notepad and a maker with you where ever you took the book of interest. Sit somewhere, while reading mark the important sentences on the book itself and write them separately on the notepad. If you can go until what I say... let me know.lol ;)
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
13 May 17
@ADIYOGI Thanks for your tips/advice.
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• Vancouver, British Columbia
13 May 17
@mandala100 :) always welcome..lol :)
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
13 May 17
@ADIYOGI Thank you.
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@xstitcher (12743)
• Petaluma, California
13 May 17
That is odd. Never heard of such a thing.
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
14 May 17
@xstitcher It is indeed strange.
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@Shavkat (66202)
• Philippines
13 May 17
I haven't read books lately. But I love reading articles.
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
13 May 17
@Shavkat Reading articles is also reading. That's good.
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@Shavkat (66202)
• Philippines
14 May 17
@mandala100 I agree. That's the only thing I can do. When I was in high school, I can 5 novel books for 1 week. Life is becoming busier and busier lately.
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@atoz1to10 (6821)
• Australia
13 May 17
I will have to check this book out in my local library to see if it can show me how to read a book.
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
14 May 17
@atoz1to10 Yeah, I hope this book could really teach us how to read a book.
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@atoz1to10 (6821)
• Australia
15 May 17
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• Preston, England
19 May 17
it is rather flawed logic - I'd be tempted to read it to see if it has obvious advice like open book, turn pages, use your eyes to look at the words etc
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
28 May 17
@arthurchappell Yup sort of contradiction in the title itself.
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@just4him (128746)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 May 17
There are many ways of reading books. If it's a novel, you want to read cover to cover. If it's a text book and you're answering questions at the end of the chapter - I do this in two ways - boring subject - skim for answers, interested subject - read entire chapter and write answers as I come to them. There are also any number of kinds of books, magazines, and newspapers you can read. For tour books - look up information on the location you intend to travel to learn about the sights you can visit. Resource books - of which I have many - I only look for the information I need at the time - can often be found in the index. Magazines - only read what's interesting, or thumb through without reading. Newspapers - If I read them, which is extremely rare - only what interests me - I usually will turn to the comics in a newspaper. These are just some of the different types of reading materials out there.
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
19 May 17
@just4him Thank you for this.
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@peachpurple (12772)
• Malaysia
14 May 17
I had not been to the library for a very long time. There are many weird books around, glad that you found one.
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
19 May 17
@peachpurple It's just by accident. I'm not sure if it's weird or not.
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@jstory07 (71289)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 May 17
I think this book would be very interesting to read.
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
14 May 17
@jstory07 If you have the chance to read it please let us know what you've learn from it. Thank you.
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@Elisa1234 (7648)
• Philippines
3 Jul 17
I haven't seen like this Whats the content by the way? Did you read it?
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
3 Jul 17
@Elisa1234 It's about the technique in reading different kind of books.
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@Elisa1234 (7648)
• Philippines
3 Jul 17
@mandala100 Just like scanning and skimming?
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
3 Jul 17
@Elisa1234 That's right among other things.
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@1hopefulman (33679)
• Canada
13 May 17
I wonder what it is about? Do you know?
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@1hopefulman (33679)
• Canada
13 May 17
I just did a search and found this: "Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them."
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
13 May 17
@1hopefulman Thanks for you reasearch and info.
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@responsiveme (16874)
• India
19 May 17
There must be something inside for a reader to take it up....Have you looked inside at the content page.I would like to know about this
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@mandala100 (52590)
• Hong Kong
28 May 17
@responsivime Nope I didn't look inside.
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• Dallas, Texas
9 Jun 17
Funny. Based just on the title, is an oxymoron. But not a moronic title. My interpretation would have to rest until I read it. I doubt, however, seriously, that I will.