How to read and talk about a book?
April 1, 2012 3:26 PM Subscribe
How do I communicate my thoughts about books I have read?
posted by v.barboni to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (14 answers total) 76 users marked this as a favorite
I used to read a lot of books. Then I went to university and studied a rather dry subject which sucked the joy out of books, and reading became a chore. I was reading for information rather than for pleasure. It has taken me a very long time and a lot of perseverance to get back to a point where I enjoy reading for it's own sake. I want to make the most of this.
Recently I have read a lot of good, interesting books. I've wanted to talk to others about these books but I lack the vocabulary to express exactly what it is that I enjoy. It's very unsatisfying and quite frustrating to be unable to get what is in my head out through my mouth.
Does anyone have suggestions as to how I could expand my knowledge on this topic? I'd like to be able to say to someone "I really loved this book because of X, Y and Z, but I thought some of the aspects of A and B, needed work". I'd also like to be able to analyse a book.
I'm looking for sources, preferably books, which would give me the words to describe what I am thinking, and hopefully give me pointers as to how to actually *read* a novel on a deeper level. My ideal answer would be a book I could refer back to whilst reading something else, that might prompt me to think "Where is the author going with this, what are they doing with the characters, how are they moving the story along?". I have looked for books on literary criticism hoping this would be useful but it appears to be far more advanced than my current comprehension.
If this source was a website it might be something like TV tropes. Can anyone help me learn how to talk about things I have read?
In an ideal world I would go back to university and study English, this unfortunately is not an option.
Thanks in advance!