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How To Keep a Reading Log or Book Journal

A reading log or book journal is a great place to react to what you read. You can find out exactly how you feel about the characters; you may gain insight about the theme and plot; and you can expand your overall enjoyment of the literature. Here are a few idea starters. Feel free to build your own list of questions as you start your life-long habit of keeping a reading log or book journal. Read on.

How To Find Your Reading Spot

A reading spot is a place where you can be comfortable and read, but how do you find it? Read on.

How To Pick a Book For Your Dad - Father Books

It may seem that buying a book for your father is the easiest gift, but what book(s) do you pick? What would he enjoy? And what would he really read? Here are some ideas that should get you going in the right direction. Have fun shopping for your father!

How To Improve Your Reading Speed

Reading can be fun, but it can also be time-consuming if your speed is not as fast as you'd like it to be. An average reading speed can range from 200 to 350 words per minute, but that rate can vary depending on the material and your reading experience. It's also important to understand what you are reading--even when you improve your speed. Here are a few tips to help you improve your reading speed.

How to Get an Autograph on a Literary Book

An autograph is a handwritten name, but how do you get your book signed. Here are a few ideas about how you get get your literary book signed by the writer. Read on.

How To Protect Books From Cat Claws

One of my cats loves books, but that's not a good thing. She loves to claw the bindings of my books. And, she really loves to chew the covers of paperback books. If you have cats that like to scratch, you may find your books in serious danger. Here are a few tips for protecting your books from cat claws. Read on.

How To Determine a Reading Schedule

Despite your best efforts, it's sometimes difficult to stick with your plan to finish that list of books. Other projects get in the way. You may find yourself overwhelmed by the size of the book you've chosen. You may just let the habit of reading slide or slip until you've forgotten much of the plot and/or characters; and, you feel that you might as well just start over. Here's a solution: Set up a reading schedule to get you through those books!

How To Make Literature a Part of Your Halloween Celebrations!

Here are some ideas that should help you to make literature a part of your upcoming Halloween celebrations.

How To Remember What You Read

Reading is important. But, the next step is making sure that you remember what you've read! Memory is sometimes a tricky thing. You may have just read the text, and the concepts and ideas of the poem or novel may not catch on... The images may just fly right out of your head. Here are a few tricks for remembering what you read.

How To Save a Book from Banning

Books are banned or challenged every day. But, what does that mean? A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict material. A book ban goes even further--the work is removed from the classroom or library circulation. But, you can help save books from disappearing from the shelves. Here are a few simple steps you can take to save banned books!

How to Start a Book Club

Books are better appreciated and understood when we're able to share in the experience--through discussion and interaction with the text. That's just part of why book clubs are so great! With a book club, you can meet for coffee, wine or beer--just chat about the book, author, time period, and/or related topics of interest. It's a great way to stay connected with your bookish friends, and it can keep you on-track with your reading goals. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

How to Tell a Book By Its Cover

We usually like to say, "You can't tell a book by its cover." While it's true that the story may be misrepresented by the illustrations and copy, you can actually learn a great deal by looking at the cover of a book. For example, is this the kind of book you'll enjoy? Or are there telltale indications on the cover that let you know whether this is the book for you. Here are a few tips.

How To Write a Literary Book Review

If you plan to study literature, there is a good chance that you will be asked to write a literary book review in one of your classes. A book review is not simply a plot summary or an unsupported opinion of how well the reader did or did not like the book. A book review includes information about the key elements of the book (plot, character, setting, theme, etc.) and the reviewer's opinion of how well the author has succeeded in using those elements to write an effective story. Read on.

How to Find Pleasure in Reading

Imagine walking along a deserted seashore, hiking to the top of mountains, sleeping in a field of flowers, finding love, or chasing after an elusive criminal mind. Works of literature--novels, short stories, poems, and plays--are filled with these many moments. As you read through the pages, discover the pleasure of reading--enjoyment that can last a lifetime.

How To Read a Difficult Book

Even if you have lots of experience in reading books, you will likely come across books that are just difficult to get through. You may find the reading slow because of the subject matter, the language, word usage, or the convoluted plot and character elements. When you are just attempting to get through the book, it may not really matter to you why the book is difficult. You just want to finish the work, so you can move on to your next reading pick. Here are some tips...

How To Identify the Theme

A theme is a central or underlying idea in literature. The writer may express insight about humanity or a world view. Before you attempt to identify the theme of a work, you must have first read the work, and you should understand at least the basics about the plot, characterizations, and other literary elements. Here's how to identify the theme of a work of literature.

How To Get Rid of Bad Odor in Books

Prevention is key to make sure that books don't smell bad. If you store your books in a dry, cool location, there's a much better chance that you'll avoid much of the bad odor of old books. Despite your best efforts, though, you may find mold or mildew on your books. The books may smell musty. Here are tips for how to get rid of the bad odor from your books.

How To Take Care of Books

What do you do to take care of the books in your library? Some of the most avid collectors refuse to read the books in their collection; so the books remain in mint condition. Others buy two copies of a book; they read one, and leave the other untouched. But, many readers must read their books, but they still want to protect and care for the volumes. Here are some tips to remember if you want your books to remain in good condition.

How To Keep Track of Characters

Whether you're reading a novel for a literature class, or enjoying a book on the beach, characters are the vehicles that often help to drive the plot. They make you care about what happens, and you may grow emotionally attached to them (wishing for their happiness and success). But, not all characters are very exciting. And, in some novels, the characters have such similar names that it's sometimes difficult to keep track. Here are a few tips to help...

How To Succeed in Your Literature Class

Whether you're taking an English class in high school or registered for a literature class in college, learn steps you can take to succeed in your literature class. Listening, reading, and being prepared for your class can make a dramatic difference in how you understand the books, poetry, and stories for your class. Read more about how to succeed in your literature class.

How to Read & Enjoy a Play - Drama

When you think about a play, you probably think about going to watch the drama being acted out upon the stage, but plays were originally written down by the playwright. The verbal aspect of a play is very important, but you can also enjoy reading it. Here's how to read and enjoy a play. Study the drama; and decipher the treasures in the lines. Read on.

How to Make the Most of Your Online Book Club

So, you've decided to start (or join) an online book club. Here are some points to keep in mind, so that you can make the most out of your experience with an online book club.

How to Incorporate Reading and Literature into Your Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate and share. It's usually a time to eat lots of good food, and and make memories. But, you can also make reading great classics part of your Thanksgiving traditions. Read on.

How To Improve Reading and Literacy Encourage Reading

Millions of people have difficulty reading. That's because, despite what many people think, literacy issues are not just relegated to children and young adults. To improve literacy in America, we must consider readers of all ages and backgrounds. Here are some tips to help you improve and encourage reading and literacy.

How To Ask a Stupid Question

I've heard some teachers and professors say that there are no "stupid" questions. But, some students still manage to come up with some pretty outlandish queries. Here's how you can ask a stupid question in class...

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