Reading, “How to Read A Book” By Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, Non-fiction
Originally published in 1940 and republished in 1972 by Simon and Schuster
Halfway to my goal of reading a hundred books for the year, I am suddenly in dilemma where accomplishing this endeavor takes me. It’s almost the end of the year and my number stopped there. All the interest and energy I initially felt when I commence this project were now waning, I couldn’t even lift my feet for my next steps. A battle I fight with myself.
After fifty books in six months, I needed another book to help me succeed. And I came with a book how to read a book. Somewhere, somehow I knew that book exists. Thanks to technology.
So it did answered some lingering questions inside of me. It sent me back to my original whys in this venture.
Is there a right way or a wrong way to read a book?
What were my goals in reaching this number?
Why do I have to read a book in the first place?
And, there is only one phrase that strike me in this book:
“If your aim in reading is to profit form it – TO GROW SOMEHOW IN MIND OR SPIRIT – you have to keep awake. That means reading as actively as possible. It means making an effort – AN EFFORT FOR WHICH YOU EXPECT TO BE REPAID.”
I had expected to be repaid, somehow in mind or spirit.