How to improve you writing skills
Was it with you that after reading a good book, after some time she completely flew out of her head? Of course, having made an effort, you could recall the essence and some thoughts from it, but it did not leave a noticeable trace in your memory (which would be very desirable and that seemed inevitable during the reading). What can I do to avoid this? You need to improve your reading experience.

This means that it is not enough just to take and read the book from cover to cover. It is necessary to approach this process in a balanced way: to work on the book before and after its reading. It is very important to keep track of what you read - analyze, draw conclusions, learn new, additional information. All this in total gives excellent results and allows you to better remember the book. Here are some tips on how to improve your reading experience.

Add rating system
In addition to the information above, you can add a rating system to track how much the book you liked or did not like. You can rate books on a scale of 1 to 5 (or from 1 to 100).
Add more information
Along with the basic information, you can add additional information about each book you read, for example:

Why did you decide to read the book?
Where were you when you read it?
Would you like to read more books by the same author? If so, which ones?
Did the book inspire you to learn more about a particular topic?
Do you know anyone who loves this book?
What is the author's nationality?
In what language was the book written?
Did she receive any awards?

Summarize the book
Another option is to write a summary of each book you read. When you finish reading the book, close it and write down what you remember. You can include a description of the story, something about the characters and the background of what is happening (the so-called setting), and also write down your opinion about the book. Try to give yourself a limit of words, for example, 400 or 750 words. You can use free thesis statement generator if you don't know how to do it. Whenever you find an extremely interesting phrase or paragraph in the book you are reading, add it to your journal of quotes from books. Perhaps, it is best done in electronic form: after a while, you will be able to sort all the quotes into certain categories.

Try yourself in literary criticism
Use notepad not only to keep track of what you read, but also to sharpen your literary criticism skills by writing in-depth reviews of books. Why is this necessary? Then, to better understand and appreciate the books that you read.

Ask yourself the following questions:

What is the plot?
How does the main character evolve during the story?
What is so unique about the main character?
What is its main drawback?
What are the problems that the protagonist faces?
Is there an antagonist?
What are the secondary characters? Remember that they are not necessarily living beings.
How relevant is the environment? How does it affect the topic or mood in the book? Does the situation determine the emotional state of the characters?
What is the main conflict in history? How does it develop? What is the climax? How is the conflict resolved?
What is the point of view of the author?
What is the main topic? Are there any other topics?
Does the author use symbolism?
Does the author use allegories and metaphors?

Do research on the book and the author
In most cases, the author's life experience has an important influence on his work. Therefore, while you are tracking and analyzing the book you read, it's a good idea to conduct a study of the author.

Keep a list of books you want to read
On the last pages of your book magazine or notebook keep the list of books that you want to read. Every time you hear about an interesting book, add it to your list. Now you will no longer wander through the expanses of the Web, asking the question: "What to read next?".

We wish you good luck!

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