Deep reading is the active process of thoughtful and deliberate reading carried out to enhance one's comprehension and enjoyment of a text. Contrast with skimming or superficial reading. Also called slow reading.
The term deep reading was coined by Sven Birkerts in The Gutenberg Elegies (1994): "Reading, because we control it, is adaptable to our needs and rhythms. We are free to indulge our subjective associative impulse; the term I coin for this is deep reading: the slow and meditative possession of a book. We don't just read the words, we dream our lives in their vicinity."
"Why is marking up a book indispensable to reading? First, it keeps you awake. (And I don't mean merely conscious; I mean awake.) In the second place, reading, if it is active, is thinking, and thinking tends to express itself in words, spoken or written. The marked book is usually the thought-through book. Finally, writing helps you remember the thoughts you had, or the thoughts the author expressed." (Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book. Rpt. by Touchstone, 2014)
So, yes, I encourage you - grab a physical copy of a book and read. Reflect on it. And share about it. I'll go first.
When reading, ask these 3 questions:
- How might what I just read apply to a problem I'm trying to solve? Or to my life in general?
- What did I learn that I didn't know before?
- How does what I read today connect to other things I've been learning?