Justin Taylor has just posted a couple of thoughts on Mortimer Adler’s How To Read A Book. How to Read a Book: The Rules for Analytical Reading and Can You Say It in Your Own Words? (both 27 Jan 2009). I read the first half of the book last year, so this is a timely reminder for me of some of the things I learned. I’m still too eager to complete a book when I start, but I think the one thing Adler has taught me is to slow down and consider what I’m reading. Writing reflections on what I’m reading certainly helps get a handle on the topic under discussion. I’ve got a huge pile of scribbled notes on my current reading. Maybe some time a few of the jottings will appear here.