I’ve been inspired by Classical Mamma (and the Great Books Reading Partnership) to once again take up Adler and Van Doren’s How To Read A Book and perhaps (gasp!) even finish it (I’m on chapter 10). In Technorati-ing on Adler’s name (just to see who else is reading him) I discovered a nice post describing one man’s approach to reading. He mentions How To Read A Book and has taken to heart the advice on making a book your own. Not only does he mark important passages, index them, and turn down corners, as suggested by Adler and Van Doren, he will also send paperbacks off to be bound with hard covers if they turn out to be particularly important. Apparently this doesn’t cost much more than the difference between buying a paperback and hardcover, and it means he doesn’t have to buy every book in hardcover if he’s not sure of its value to him. Clever!