Well, no. It is not important to remember all that you read if you’re reading it casually or just for pleasing your mind. However, you might need to do so, if you’ve to quote those words as proof of any fact or cite them academically. That’s why, keeping a systematic record is important enough. So, today, I’m discussing how to remember what you read. The pictures I’ve shared alongside were sent by my sister who has just concluded her MBA. In Greater Noida itself, there was a sale of various titles; so these pictures were clicked there.
Make sure you read my previous post before proceeding. Click here.
1. Read because you want to.
I have seen a lot of people, even some in my kin as well. They just read because, it is trending. They’ve to read because it’s trending, not because they’ve to upload an instagram story that they’re read. They’re never able to develop an opinion over it. I once read a novel by an Indian author in which the girlfriend of the protagonist left him because, he was imposing restrictions by emotional blackmailing her. By the end of the story, he just kind of, developed a sympathetic tuning of the readers to himself.
I think any reader of a sound and open mind would catch that trance. But you know what, a cousin of mine, bought a kindle version of that and he felt like nothing.
2. Infer what you read
Even though it hurts when someone gives me less marks in coursera assignments, the best thing I love about them is, that you get to discuss. I recently completed my six courses, three of creative writing and three of journalism. These fields are not as such that you need to study over them; you just need to be practical.
In short, I must say, that what you read, you must discuss. You must quote them often. You must have an opinion. Was it good? Was it bad? Why was it good? Why was it bad? What was the writing style? How long did it take? Were you engaged? These are some questions, the answers to which you should develop.
3. Make an Excel Sheet
From the time, I’ve joined library, I’ve been maintaining an excel sheet. It comes to help when I need to write an article where I’ve to quote something. I can remember that book and can reread it quote.
You can use these headings to record- Name of Book, Author, Date on which completed reading, Publisher, Price, Year published, ISBN, Language, Own/ Borrowed, Online/ Offline, Category, Fiction/Non-Fiction, Comments(a one line summary or opinions).
So,what are your ways? Let me know in the comments below.