In The Art of Reading: How to be a Demanding Reader, Shane Parrish writes that “reading a book, for any reason, is essentially an effort on your part to ask the book questions (and to answer them to the best of your ability).”
There are 4 questions you must ask about any book you read:
- What is the book about?
- What is being said in detail?
- Is the book true, in whole or in part?
- What of it?
Reading a book should be a conversation between you and the author. Presumably he knows more about the subject than you do; if not, you probably should not be bothering with his book. But understanding is a two-way operation; the learner has to question himself and question the teacher. He even has to be willing to argue with the teacher, once he understands what the teacher is saying. Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him.