Last week, teacher Nick Senger of Literary Compass released his new e-book, ROMAN READING: 5 Practical Skills for Transforming Your Life through Literature. You can download the book for free in either pdf or mp3 audio format from the ROMAN Reading blog.
ROMAN is an acronym for five basic reading skills:
- Read: …the book through once before drawing any conclusions.
- Outline: Divide the book into its natural parts and describe what happens in each part.
- Mark: Underline, circle, and write in the margins.
- Ask: “What does it mean?” and “What difference does it make?”
- Name: …your experience, that is, record your thoughts about the book.
As Nick writes in the book, these skills are not new—I’ve come across them before on my own reading on reading—but he has packaged them together in a clean and simple format, interspersed with inspiring literary quotes. He also includes tips for people who might be intimidated by the classics, and lists some helpful books on reading and as well as a selection of classic books that most often appear on “great books” lists. And did I mention it’s free? Anyone looking for a quick reading tune-up, or perhaps wanting to inspire a new reader, should have a look at ROMAN Reading.
Disclaimer: Nick linked to my blog in the book, but I didn’t know about it in advance and it doesn’t affect my opinion of the book. I’m already biased towards anyone who teaches people how to get more out of reading the classics!