Books Mentioned: How to Read & Why by H. Bloom, How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler
Quote: "The good reader bases his opinion on intelligent analysis, not mere unthinking reaction." (p. 46)
Notes, mostly from Ch. 4:
There are three steps to reading books:
Part Two - Don't worry about "correctly" evaluating a book - rather, use it as a tool for thinking intelligently and expanding your mind. To keep from being way off base, try looking thru published criticisms of the book.
Part Three - Several lists of classic books to read through to educate yourself - she recommends doing so in order of publishing date so you can see the genre develop: biography (first comes St. Augustine), fiction, poetry, history, etc.
Evaluation: This book would be good for anyone trying to give themselves a course in classics. The lists are helpful and her recommendations for how to go about this kind of deep reading are doable.