Sunday, February 22, 2015

Reading Danielle Steel is not the same as reading Plato


There are four main questions you need to ask of every book:

  • What is this book about?
  • What is being said in detail and how?
  • Is this book true in whole or in part?
  • What of it?

How to Read A Book

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested

Francis Bacon

1 comment:

  1. Those might be questions I ask of books written by politicians...

    When I read a book for pleasure/escape (like a mystery or science fiction novel), "what of it?" really doesn't matter, neither does the amount of truth included.

    Questions I ask:
    1. What is the book about?
    2. Do I like the people/characters being portrayed?
    3. What is the theme/message of the book?
    4. Does the author have a motivation for writing the book?


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