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    Taking notes

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Swiveltaffy, Sep 6, 2014.

    Yo,

    *As a note, I wasn't really too sure as to where I should put this, so I'm winging it here.

    I'm curious as to if any of you take comprehensive notes when reading literature. Personally, I find myself a forgetful individual and it seems that after some mediocre amount of time, I tend to forget what I have read. The thought to take notes arises, so that one could reference them if need be.

    Does anyone do this? Has it proved effective in terms of retention?

    EDIT: (Added clarification) I also mean, is any increased retention worth the hours of note taking? Or is it better just to read more at a faster rate, to maintain a certain flow or influx of literature into the mind?
     
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    Seems like taking notes would suck a lot of the fun out of reading. What exactly is it you want to remember, and why? I couldn't name any of the characters in the novels I read last week, but I don't really care - I've got more reading to do this week.
     
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    It would drain a lot of time, that's the wonder. It seems counter-intuitive in the sense that one would read less. I suppose it's rather foolish to want some permanence in terms of one's interaction with a work. I suppose those of the Christian faith rigorously read their Bible in an effort to maintain a connection and familiarity with the text. In other words, one will forget without repetition.

    The what? There's nothing specific. The why? I would presume that it's an attempt at stability; it's debilitating, the idea of forgetting one's existence and being rather stuck with that. On a more practical note, it would seem useful for inspiration, culture of mind, and possibly for didactic purposes.
     
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    OK. I read mostly for pleasure, so stability isn't an issue. That said, I do occasionally make a note of something an author said especially well and put it in my "quotes" file.
     
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    It depends on what type of reader you are. If you really want to remember what you've read, taking notes might be the best way to go. That's what I did when taking college-level English courses, and I still remember some of the stuff to this day. I don't take notes anymore, but I do like to discuss interesting books with people, which is another good way to keep yourself from forgetting things over time.
     
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    I take note of interesting word choices, similes etc. (and jot them down into my phone) but mostly I do what @stevesh does, pick out quotes and add them to a quote file (14 pages and counting). I do steal quotes from movies, TV shows, articles, interviews, video games etc. Wherever I find them, so that's not exclusive to reading. The other stuff (taking note of some technical things that I find particularly awesome) I don't do much because I tend to get into the story and forget the technical side of things.
     
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    That is quite the quote file.
     

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