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Posted 22 March 2018 - 12:04 PM

What does it mean to read?
When you think about it it's a big question. It denotes an action. An action to do what? Maybe in it's own way reading is an act that can change the world in some small way. Reading forces us into attentiveness; to keep a sense of the mind working at full attention and to mobilize our thoughts, emotions, and imaginations into a sensible order.
It's been said that reading is a passport into the imagination. It allows us to reach a parallel reality where the soul can travel freely and invent new things along the way. I take umbrage with the term passport. Why a passport? Isn't a passport a sort of permission slip to travel? Since when does anyone need a passport to read or use an imagination to bring forth new ideas into the world at large.
Language on the page can stand for an allegory on the making of the universe around us. A composed creation that opens the door for others to enter if they so choose. Making the universe a bigger place just by sharing this 'language' amongst ourselves. Learning to write and read the descriptions within the indescribable using exciting words, signs, and images is what keeps a good reader coming back for more. Like tending a giant collective garden one part at a time. Each writer doing their part to bring the reader into a larger universe.
Reading gives people the intimate contact needed to convey the text to the mind. It's an art form that gives authors and readers a place to commune and learn from each other. It can let in light to relieve a troubled soul. 
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 01:43 PM

I suppose I should end this thread with a some sort of conclusion.
Reading artfully isn't the only kind of reading there is. You don't have to read a classic to fully appreciate what reading can do for you. My hope was to create a sense for others to enjoy the benefits of reading. I hope I met the goal by arranging sets of questions and tools for readers to use for their own convenience. 
Artful reading doesn't have to be a chore. You don't have to run through the whole checklist to feel satisfied in reading a good book. Maybe asking one or two questions to analyze things is enough. Applying all the lessons mentioned in this thread doesn't have to be the main focus. You might just think about the characters or plot or stop a third of the way through a book and take stock to formulate questions and make predictions. No one is obligated to read or even finish a book. Sometimes it's important to remember that you might not be in the right mood for a particular novel. Or the destabilizing event at the beginning of a story may be something a reader may find unsettling and cause one to put it down. All kinds of reasons exist...maybe a few that don't either.
Book clubs generate lots of discussion and so does reading for school. In those instances, one is obligated to at least finish the book under scrutiny. Classes or meetings need to be met with an open mind and questions should indicate a willingness to learn. Especially from others as it helps in generating good questions for discussion. Last of all there is close reading. This involves looking at a paragraph or particular passage and thinking about the language used. Playing around with the words and perhaps changing around the order to see how it looks from different angles. Practicing the tools of reading helps one to be more alert to verbal nuances and different textures of meaning. A good reader should look for practical and personal benefits within the stories. Fiction and non-fiction alike. 
I'll conclude with one final question: 
Has a book ever taught you something about yourself - something you didn't know before you began reading?


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