After reading a challenging book, my student at Smith’s Katsura (英会話 桂) has decided to share some very good points on how to read books. Thank you Soichi.
Some days ago I finished reading ‘Crime and Punishment’ by Dostoevsky. To tell the truth I’ve tried to read it before. But I couldn’t finish it. So I’m very happy to have finished the whole book now.
People read for various reasons, such as knowledge acquirement, just killing time or challenge to difficult works. And I found some ways to keep myself focused while I was reading this difficult work. So, I’ll tell you about them.
The first thing is to decide the reading time.
Usually the time to eat breakfast is always same, because it’s a daily routine. To get into a habit of reading, it is necessary to decide when you read in a day. For example, my reading time is between dinner and taking a bath. And on my day off, I also read after breakfast.
Second advice is to remember the story which you red last time. If you read a difficult book it’s important to grasp the current of the story. And doing that your motivation and excitement will come back again. It will help you to continue reading.
My last advice is not to over read. When you are tired you can’t concentrate enjoy the book. In that case you don’t read the book, but watch the letters. It’s a waste of time.
So don’t hesitate to stop reading and take a rest.
These three ways can be applied for any type of books. But the more difficult the book is the more excited and more satisfied you can get.
“Reading makes you full and writing makes you precise”. (Francis Bacon)
I’ll keep trying to keep myself full and precise.
How about you? Will you read for yourself?
By Soichi Kitamoto (スミス英会話 桂)