Not long ago, I read "How to Read a Book: The Most Useful Book You May Ever Read" by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren, c 1972.
I found the book insightful; however, with my small brain I found it difficult to put into action the recommended steps for analyzing a book:
1) Classify the book according to kind and subject matter
2) State what the whole book is about with the utmost brevity
3) Enumerate its major parts in their order and relation, and outline these parts as you have outlined the whole.
4) Define the problem or problems the author has tried to solve.
5) Come to terms with the author by interpreting his key words.
6) Grasp the author's leading propositions by dealinfg with his most important sentences.
7) Know the author's arguements, by finding thim in, or constructing them out of, sequences of sentences.
8) Determine which of his problems the author has solved, and which he has not; and of the latter, decide which the author knew he had failed to solve.
I read several books a month but I find it difficult to remember and even apply the material that I may find useful at the time I read it. That was the reason for diving into the above book. However, the steps outlined above as you can see are difficult to apply.
Two questions: 1) Recommendations on a "For Dummies Book" on "How to Read"
2) Tips on reading and how to commit the newly imprinted knowledge to memory for later application