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reading genre with purpose

An interesting question was posed to us in our Reading Group last year and I didn’t respond there and then because I wanted to give it some thought, so now that I have, here’s my answer:

  • Chick Lit / Poetry – the humanities.
  • Contemporary / Historical – the message.
  • Crime / Paranormal – the discovery.
  • Science Fiction / Fantasy – the foundations.
  • Religious / Reference – the instructions.


January 9, 2013 · 10:31 am


This is my reading style coding system that I actually deploy; as a preparatory stage to know what I want from the book’s material, and what I’m taking notes for as part of a book review, as this technique does focus on the essentials. And this coding will be seen on the titles from the videos posted or on the blog posting, and whenever I think its appropriate not to do so.

I felt this more important and helped to evaluate the material of what I was reading, to give a fair critique of the books that I had read, rather than a numerical rating, which might not indicate much other than the merit of books for the author, but not that of the book readers, hence my coding system and what each means in a detailed explanation is given below:


GEN — General reading
NURS — Nuanced reading
INFRS — Informational reading
SRS — Syntopical reading
ARS — Analytical reading
INSRS — Inspectional reading
DARS — Descriptive Analysis reading

Nuanced Reading – this allows for a very deep and detailed understanding of complex texts, taking into account ‘grey areas’ of the writing; as the author has written his work in a reactionary way, therefore a nuanced reading style establishes exploratory responses for the Reader to review with an empirical approach to the dialog and reciprocal in its method of style.

General Reading – when reading for pleasure which may read quickly, particularly in a short novel, with few breaks and without worrying about having to recall details later. However, ‘Element Mapping’ as a reading strategy is primarily used when an individual needs to break down a work of a longer fiction into its component parts; character, the conflicts, resolution and setting, especially if the individual is preparing to write a book review or studying for a literature exam.


Descriptive Analysis Reading — which is expressive and intensive in reading for a deeper connection with the text. That is to help increase reading fluency by being read aloud and creates a critical interaction with the Reader, the Listener and includes both of their comprehension towards the piece, that is to encourage investigation and ways of strengthening participative information in the form of poetry as well as assistance in interpreting the work.

Inspectional Reading – which had the aim of reading that was to examine the surface of the book’s knowledge, to learn everything from thorough reading of the book that the surface alone can teach you. For there is often a good deal to be gained from this type of reading style as a valuable way to discover points of reference from the reading material at hand that gathers together terms for insights.

Informational Reading – this uses effective strategies to help them comprehend text particularly if written in technical or linguistical terms. The strategy requires that readers summarize what they target as key ideas from the text and encourages them to think independently. First, about things they discovered. Next, things they found interesting. This strategy can be used while reading a variety of texts to actively and meaningfully engage with informational text.

Syntopical Reading – this is about reading more than one book, and places them in relation to one another and to a subject about which they revolve. The Syntopical reader is able to construct an analysis of the subject that may not be in any of the books. Thus is an effortful kind of reading, the most complex and makes heavy demands on the reader, even if the materials being read are themselves relatively easy and unsophisticated.

Analytical Reading – is thorough and complete thereby concise which is pre-eminently for the sake of understanding, as its an intensely active method in bringing the mind of the Reader to that condition of mastering the multiplicity within the book and its conceptual concerns in a rhetorical manner; as to why it has such unity and to what end it serves, to discover the brevity of the content in pursuit of perception analytically and its significance.



To answer that question on how best to enjoy the fruit of one’s reading as stated by Divine Authority is given thus from the extract regarding the History of Reading:

“Whenever you read a book and come across any wonderful phrases which you feel stir or delight your soul, don’t merely trust the power of your own intelligence, but force yourself to learn them by heart and make them familiar by mediating on them, so that whenever an urgent case of affliction arises, you’ll have the remedy ready as if it were written in your mind. When you come to any passages that seem to you useful, make a firm mark against them, which may serve as lime in your memory, lest otherwise they might fly away.” (St. Augustine)

As my view is reading gives insight into social relationships, whilst an interest is training for a social life, the two principles merge in understanding for the love of what is good in actions, hence my youtube ‘Book In Hand’ channel and this blog, which comes out of those experiences.


January 27, 2012 · 3:10 pm