How I Read: 04/10/07
I've been asked many times where I read and I how I keep track of all the different books I have going at once but never how I actually read a book. This year I'm on track to read 365 books. If I do, that will be the most books I've ever read in a single year. The other half of that goal is to write a book review every day I update my blog. Right now I'm finding the reading half of the process taking less time than the reviewing half. I have about a two week backlog of books to review!
So onto the how. When I first pick up a book, I speed read enough of it learn a few things. I want to know in a nut shell what is happening and in what style it is written. Next I want to be able to decide if the book is worth finishing. I've gotten to a stage in my life where I no longer feel compelled to finish every book I start. Once I have the book read through quickly, I set it aside for the rest of the day.
Before I review in on the site, I go back and read the book a second time, at a more leisurely pace. I let myself get more involved in the story and characters. I might do some online research about the book or the subjects covered in it.
Then once the book is finished a second time, I write a quick review on BookCrossing to capture my initial thoughts and I will often-times make release notes for the book. If the book is for the "Keep them Moving Challenge" I will also post that I've finished the book and how I plan to release it. At long last, I write the review for the book that I post here on the blog.