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Reply: What is reading efficiently?--My Opinion
I think it is important to choose good books /articles which will enrich your experiences and boarden your mind etc. but not pulp novels for your lifelong reading because there are all kinds of countless books while our time are quite limited!|
I don't enjoy political news that much but when I studied English before and I had to force myself to read,listen and watch the political news. I wasn't able to understand political news in Chinese at all, needless to political news in English. But step by step, I understood them bit by bit everyday. It boardened my mind indeed before and helped me to learn more about the outside. Though I give it up basically now. Most of time, I read some entertainment books for just killing time. Aha, don't follow me...
You can choose some books or articles , eg famous novels , professional books which you study , for intensive reading and all kinds of articles, such as news, scientist article, business articles, poetry, prose, novel for extensive reading to boarden your mind but not only limitting in that kind of articles you are only interested in. I suppose you will dont enjoy them at first but you keep on and I bet it will benefit you a lot.
Of course, As an old saying goes, interesing is the best teacher. You certainly can choose the books you enjoy at first.
Well, Here is a famous article about reading --"OF STUDIES" by Francis Bacon for your reference.
Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Their chief use for delight, is in privateness and retiring； for ornament, is in discourse；and for ability, is in the judgment and disposition of business.
For expert and execute, and perhaps judge of particulars, one by one； but the general counsels, and the plots and marshalling of affairs, come best form those that are learned. To spend too much time in studies is sloth； to use them too much for ornament, is affectation； to make judgement wholly by their rules, is the humour of a scholar.
They perfect nature, and are perfected by experience: for natural abilities are like natural plants, that need proyning by study； and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
Crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them； for they teach not their own use； but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.
Read not to contradict and confute； nor to believe and take for granted； nor to find talk and discourse； but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested； that is, some books are to be read only in parts； others to be read, but not curiously； and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others； but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books； else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.
Reading maketh a full man； conference a ready man； and writing an exact man.And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory； if he confer little, he had need have a present wit； and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not.
Histories make men wise； poets witty； the mathematics subtile； natural philosophy deep；moral grave； logic and rhetoric able to contend. Abeunt studia in morse.
Nay there is no stand or impediment in the wit, but may be wrought out by fit studies: like as diseases of the body may have appropriate exercises. Bowling is good for the stone and reins； shooting for the lungs and breast； gentle walking for the stomach； riding for the head； and the like. So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics； for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again. If his wit be not apt to distinguish or find differences, let him study the schoolmen； for they are cymini sectores. If he be not apt to beat over matters, and to call up one thing to prove and illustrate another, let him study the lawyers' cases. So every defect of the mind may have a special receipt.