This is a leisurely activity, not a competition. You don’t have to finish the book first, or walk away with the most profound impression of what parts of the world, culture and humanity are reflected within its pages. Enjoy the wisdom, charm and humor of the story at your own pace.
If you’re one of those people who reads fast without somehow paying attention, just re-read what you missed. You’ll be happy when you find a good line or important plot-point you would have otherwise missed thanks to a fit of ADD.
Speaking of paying attention, pay attention. Not just to the story, but to how you react–even if your reaction is to think about something wildly different than what you’re reading. Creativity comes from combining something with another. Indulge your curiosities and see what you can walk away with.
4. Don’t expect morality
This is literature, baby. If you want everyone to live happily ever after and adhere exactly to your own fancy code of conduct, then you might as well stop reading. Good stories have villains that get your blood boiling. They make you feel personally invested in what happens. Let yourself give a damn.
5. Talk about it
If we were to never talk about books, we’d have little more use for them than listing people’s phone numbers. Wine tasting parties would end much sooner, and we’d never have the chance to say, “Dracula REALLY is a fantastic representation of our collective fear of the unknown, wouldn’t you saaay?”