photos reviews books #ldnont 2020 vacant 2019 usa movies europe 2021 Notes street autos portraits works place 2018 proof of life shadows kevin people project Now race [this city] photo essays cafe 17 grand ave thresholds Podcasts bookshelf places called home Asides research Empty Urban Corners Internet art St.FX gender one book one london Gracie Career indigenous Idea my hometown sucks 52Weeks Literature TV shows Depression Email Yearly fav block party windsor fiction

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren: This work codifies the process by which an individual can choose to read a book. From understanding the purposes of the different sections a book contains, to realizing that you need not always read an entire work to consider it read; How to Read a Book functions as a great resource to better engage with, and extract value from, the books we read by focusing on analytical reading–consuming a single work and the arguments of the author; and providing some closing thoughts on syntopical reading–reading multiple works across a given topic. While this book provides a highly methodical approach to reading a book, recommending a set of rules an individual should follow, it is valuable in the aggregate as well for those who choose not to follow its prescriptive method. Although I read the updated version (1972) of the book originally published in 1940 I was surprised to see that there wasn’t another revision in more recent years that made note of any changes to its recommended method in terms of the different formats books now come in. As the focus of this work was on the content of the books we read, and not the shape and forms they take, I shouldn’t be too critical of this omission. In short: I wish I had of read this book before starting any post-secondary education.

January 15, 2021 2021 reviews books


Previous post
home
Next post
Bibliotherapy: The Right Book at the Right Time by Claudia Cornett and Charles Cornett A quick read regarding bibliotherapy as a discipline. Half