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    Focused reading, yeah. I've seen 2 many people who don't really know why they're reading something. Which is fair enough if you read something like HP (even then tbh)

    But if you want to read, say, Dostoevsky, you gotta know where he was coming from, what he wanted to achieve in writing the book, etc, etc. Otherwise, he won't make a lot of sense to you and you will miss important bits of the story.

    Non-fiction is even worse. If you just want to read a book about, say, Byzantine history but don't really know anything about it, it better be history for utter noobs. If it's not, if it's a serious, scholarly attempt, you will miss a lot because you won't know why he's emphasising certain periods or certain events or w/e 'cos you don't know the literature he's trying to respond to or was influenced by. He'll cite a **** ton of authors you never heard of and aren't familiar with their arguments. So you will end up confused and annoyed.

    To sum up: reading, really reading, is difficult. Just cracking a book open and flicking pages won't do a lot of good to you unless you're an uber genius who can recreate entire fields of scholarship in their mind as they read a book. John von Neumann was probably that guy but I'm gonna guess you aren't like him.
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    Not every book improves vocab

    what about picturebooks

    what about colouringbooks

    be specific fam
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    (Original post by Beth_H)
    People do tend to compare books to politics when those books are political allegories.
    We aren't talking about The Prince though. It's Harry Potter -.-
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    We aren't talking about The Prince though. It's Harry Potter -.-
    Which is, in the words of its author, a political allegory nonetheless.
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    (Original post by Beth_H)
    Which is, in the words of its author, a political allegory nonetheless.
    *Harry attacks a death eater*

    "So much for the tolerant left!"


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    As Tai Lopez would say... your books are your mentors. KNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWLEDGE

    I summarize each chapter after I read it so I know whats happening
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    (Original post by FakeNewsEditor)
    Focused reading, yeah. I've seen 2 many people who don't really know why they're reading something. Which is fair enough if you read something like HP (even then tbh)

    But if you want to read, say, Dostoevsky, you gotta know where he was coming from, what he wanted to achieve in writing the book, etc, etc. Otherwise, he won't make a lot of sense to you and you will miss important bits of the story.

    Non-fiction is even worse. If you just want to read a book about, say, Byzantine history but don't really know anything about it, it better be history for utter noobs. If it's not, if it's a serious, scholarly attempt, you will miss a lot because you won't know why he's emphasising certain periods or certain events or w/e 'cos you don't know the literature he's trying to respond to or was influenced by. He'll cite a **** ton of authors you never heard of and aren't familiar with their arguments. So you will end up confused and annoyed.

    To sum up: reading, really reading, is difficult. Just cracking a book open and flicking pages won't do a lot of good to you unless you're an uber genius who can recreate entire fields of scholarship in their mind as they read a book. John von Neumann was probably that guy but I'm gonna guess you aren't like him.
    -unveils mask. HELLO, IT'S MEeeeeeeeee
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    Yes, differentiate yourself from the ignorant masses by only reading political biographies and philosophy. Fiction should not be read by the well educated.
 
 
 
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