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>If you don't take notes whilst reading you're a pleb

Prove me wrong
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Cut your nails and use post-it notes like everybody else.
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Highlighting is for fucking children who can't just read a book and digest it.

>IF I HIGHLIGHT THIS, I'LL KNOW IT'S A CRITICAL SENTENCE! AND THIS ONE.. AND THIS ONE.. AND THIS ONE.. WAIT, I'D BETTER START UNDERLINING EVERY NOUN SO I DON'T FORGET WHAT A NOUN IS. HOLY SHIT THIS PARAGRAPH BEGINS WITH A DECLARATIVE SENTENCE! WE'RE GONNA NEED SOME BIG SHADED ARROWS FOR THIS ONE!

Actually kill yourself.
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>>7621230

is that spilled coffee on the page?
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>writing in your books

fucking philistine
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>>7621275
I thought it was blood.
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>>7621275
I spilt my soy sauced spaghetti on book while reading
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>>7621230
You're right on principle, but true patricians use post-it flags and do the actual note-writing on a notebook.
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>>7621230
>whilst
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>>7621388
it's normal in civilised countries
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i have no reason to "take notes" on fiction. no point. maybe non-fiction, if I needed it later.
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My copy of Ulysses from my first read is annotated to hell and back. Zero blank space on the sides.
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>>7621238
I think you're misinterpreting why people highlight. Highlighting is helpful for quickly revisiting sentences

I only do it for school reading though
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>>7621349
spilt?

nigger the basketball courts are the other way.
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>>7621230

Look at me, I'm annotating my book.
Gotta make sure I have a full critical understanding of it.
Gotta condense this book's ideas into easily digestable shit I can regurgitate when asked about it so I can appear smart

'Cause i got a lot of fucking myself in the ass to do.
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>>7621388
>>7621493
Look, we didn't mind when you started speaking your own retarded version of English, we didn't even mind when you dropped the 'u' from 'colour' and started slapping an extra comma in short lists, but don't you start trying to pretend your pleb English is the normal, correct form of English. It is not. God save the Queen.
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>tfw you buy a used book relatively cheap with light markings in the description and when it comes in the mail, margin notes and highlighting are shitting up every page
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>>7621521
Lol.

Brits are getting cuckolded by muslims and still find the time to justify their butchery of the English language to other people.

Actually we don't mind that you speak a retarded version of English but dont get all butthurt when someone pokes fun at you.

Anyway you British folk have bigger, browner, problems than your ineptitude at English.
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>>7621404
Damn you're stupid.
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>>7621566

>autism
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>>7621529
>light wear
>nearly every page is dog eared
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>>7621230
I've been taking notes while reading Mason and Dixon, mostly just writing out word definitions I don't know or meanings for unusual archaic phrasing. Occasionally I write notes on who a character is so I remember it easier later. I think the act of physically writing the information down helps me remember it significantly better than just reading and moving on.

I also managed to spill coffee on the first physical book I've read in years but it was only enough to lightly stain one page.
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>>7621622
>reading Mason and Dixon

Why
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>>7621624
I had just visited a friend in Philadelphia and after visiting a few historical sites became interested in the location around the time the novel takes place. Also I had previously read several other books by Pynchon and enjoyed them.

This made it an obvious choice of reading material, faggot.
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>>7621454
Photos please
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>>7621230
I rather like highlighting text but I hate damaging books, so I only do it on photocopies.
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>>7621230
>not memorizing your thoughts vis-a-vis the text and the corresponding passages
>being too stupid like the working class by having to write down notes
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Please don't read while eating.
It is a clear sign that you are still a beginner.
Once you've read a lifetime you will appreciate even the act.
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>>7621521
Smile while I shit on your tongue, Britbitch
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>>7621729
What about reading in the bathtub? It's a practice show in several movies, but it just seems plain unwise. Has anyone here tried it?
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I can't figure out how to make notes.

I go back and forth between nearly summarizing every part of the book to writing one line from like a chapter.

I just can't get in between
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>>7621748
Tub is fine because you are relaxing

Ingesting food is not really because you are doing both and doing neither, I don't really care about the book damage, it's their book
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>>7621748
>taking baths
absolutely disgusting
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>>7621748
>reading and not writing in the tub
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>>7621778
That seems even less wise - though very appealing.
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I dog ear blaspheme my books...mostly because I'm too lazy to annotate properly. But I have a system where the page and direction of the dog ear points to the passage and the length of the ear (relatively speaking) determines how far down the page the passage I want is. Of course if the passage is too far down page (about half) the ear will point up from the bottom corner in the same fashion.
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I never write notes in books, but I must admit there is something very pleasing about seeing a book filled with notes and annotations. It's just really neat and satisfying seeing a lot of personal notes, written for whatever reason, stuffed along the margins of the pages.
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or you could just read the fucking book
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>not just remembering everything important and instantly recalling it at a moments notice
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>>7621230
You know, one day, once you're dead, your relatives will go up to your room or apartment, and pack up your belongings. There's a fair chance your book will get appraised by an antique dealer, and unless you're a renown celebrity or author with recognizable handwriting, your notes are going to shit down the books' worth. Keep that in mind.
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>>7621387
yikes, no. true patricians do not fetishize objects.
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I just like reading the book
>>7621866
I do agree with this though as well, I love seeing other people's thoughts as they go through it, not sure where to find things like that though.
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>>7621566
wow, you really showed me how stupid i was by that intelligent post. thanks family.
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>>7621238
it's almost as if people can't fucking memorize shit anymore.
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>>7621238
This is how I feel lol
If it's memorable you'll remember it. If not well then
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>>7621230
Books are sacred to me...writing in them is pure evilness.
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>>7621624
>why are you reading a book I don't like
>even if it's widely considered a quality piece

Pl & Eb
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>>7621230
The moment you pick apart a story is the moment it loses it's spark.
A magician who's secrets are revealed is just man in a suit.
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>>7621504

>Look at me, I'm annotating my book.
>Gotta make sure I have a full critical understanding of it.

Look at me, I'm adolescent and I don't care about things.

Wouldn't want anyone to think that I cared about anything, that would be so lame.
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Every single time I've read an annotated book from the library there are a bunch in the first 30 pages and then none for the rest of the book. I sincerely believe no one in human history has annotated a book from start to end.
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If it's something you're researching, some philosophy or ideology, it seems fine to me, but if it's a novel, even putting your name in it is awful.
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I just take a pic with my phone of a paragraph I'm interested in, then put all of them in a folder with the name of the novel on my pc, along with other notes and maybe an essay/review I make.
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>>7622438
You have big hands.
Do you have a big dick?
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>>7621553
>trying this hard
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>>7622451
Are you a child? My hands are gracious and normal sized for an adult.
Answer the question before I tell you about my dick.
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>>7621230
if someone came up to you on the street with a book in hand and instructed you, "look at my marginalia," would you punch them?
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>>7621238
i dont highlight "critical passages" but i do obsessively underline interesting details and psychological observations because i like to go back and look them over.
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>>7622581
absolutely
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>>7621230
You need to annotate books and I'm the pleb here?
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>>7621844
>But I have a system where the page and direction of the dog ear points to the passage and the length of the ear (relatively speaking) determines how far down the page the passage I want is.
blasphemous as fuck desu
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>>7621866
>>7621957
Man, I used to feel that way when I opened a book and found annotations.
Something would flash through my mind like, "wow, I wonder what this really smart person will add to the covers action! It's like reading with an enlightened buddy!"
But it always comes to be that whoever wrote the crap was a stone cold imbecile. Every time an annotation comes up I try to cover it with my thumb and power through.

>tfw no enlightened reading buddy
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>>7622757
Conversation. Dammit, autocorrect.
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>>7622757
>But it always comes to be that whoever wrote the crap was a stone cold imbecile.
yup i almost want to bust out my copy of aristotles politics and post some of the inane bs these people leave behind.
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>>7622767
do it
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>>7622786
m-maybe tomorrow. im tired desu
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>>7622757
this is the realest feel in the land

I have this little ragged pocket paperback discourse on inequality by Rousseau that this shitbeak actually wrote his name in the front cover of. Like he was going to loan his discourse on inequality out to a bunch of people.

he also had awful, long-since-developed parochial school-level cursive

gross
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>>7621521
Hear, hear, old chum.
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>>7621553
you're nasty, brutish and short m8
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>>7621622
This. Thomas Pynchon recycles alot of themes throughout his novels or within them, has 200 characters of almost equal importance. His actual diction isn't that tough.
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I take notes into Anki and then memorise about 30 cards per day. This has actually been insanely effective and I'm now a bit of a walking encyclopedia.

Keep in mind, I read only non-fiction, mostly textbooks.
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>writing on book
>spilling shit on book
Disgusting.Disgusting.Disgusting.
Disgusting.Disgusting.Disgusting.Disgusting.Disgusting.Disgusting.
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>>7622935
is the Book holy? is it a library book?
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>>7621493
You tried.
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>>7622937
these are the meme people haunting lit
>muh booksmellz
>rate my collection
>dfw masterrace
it's like I'm on reddit
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>>7621504
you got decimated, homie: >>7622353

people who take notes when they read usually plan to write about what they read, for grades or publication. often while reading you have insights that you may not be able to replicate when going through again, and even if you can recall your observations, you may not be able to remember the textual evidence to support them. so you take notes in the margins and underline the relevant passages to "build a case" so to speak.
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>>7621778
>be performance artist
>set up bathtub in gallery
>fill it with water
>drop chunks of ham in it
>set up typewriter as in picture
>write a novel for 14 hours straight, letting the pages fall into the water, ruining the manuscript, and eating the chunks of ham for sustenance
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>>7622438

what the fuck is this? this isn't a portrait of the artist as a young man. this is not james joyce. is it some kind of abridged version?
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I find that if I cover a book with notes I have a hard time seeing it with fresh eyes on a later reading. Revisiting the book always feels like revisiting my first interpretation
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>>7622757
I find this is usually true, but from time to time I've come across books where one commenter has, once every ten pages or so, made a relatively intelligent observation in light pencil.
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>>7621748
Waterproof e-reader when?
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>>7622579

those are fucking disgusting.

your hands look like when you blow up doctor-gloves to make balloons

lose some hand-weight you freak
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If I want to mark something I make a note in my phone: Brief description, page #, position on page

eg
Imprudent marriages, p.95, mid
"godless little dogs" p.39, top

doesn't take long, and it makes things easy to find when it comes time to write an essay or whatever.

but really the most important thing is to read the books three or four times. The best thing you can do for any essay is to pick a 100-page book and read it eight or nine times.
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>>7622579
what the fuck is wrong with your hands bro
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>>7622579
Did someone break your middle finger? Why's it bent to the side like that?
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>>7622579
Those are some pansy hands
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>>7621553
back to /pol/ you go
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>>7621521
ur just mad we stole the office and actually made it funny
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>>7623355
>>7623360
>>7623444
>>7623486
leave the dude and his weird short fingered hands alone
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>>7622579
>pudgy PALMS
>only slightly thick, with one broken, fingers
Where did you learn to make hands
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is that frankenstein?
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>>7623502
There's a special circle in hell for people that prefer the US office.
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>>7621238
I highlight new words in a foreign language so that, when I finish the book, I can make an anki deck and learn them.
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>>7623308
is this some ebin new troll?
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>>7623444
It's just one of the talents I have.

Also, my hands are like that because I deadlift 160 kgs without straps, so fuck off you dyels.
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>>7623357
>pick a 100-page book and read it eight or nine times.

Nah, don't do this. Read it only three or four times, but first read all the selected letters, essays, short stories, earlier novels, etc. that you can find. Some authors are really transparent if you already know their prose work.
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>>7623353
https://us.kobobooks.com/products/kobo-aura-h2o
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Do any of you guys keep like a book journal where you write about what book you're reading/have read? I was thinking of starting, getting my thoughts down about the book might make me a better reader/writer. What do you think?
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>>7623772
I keep a journal and all of those thoughts just end up in that with the rest of the garbage. That way ALL of my thoughts are together for a certain day
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>>7623573

I can deadlift more than that and my hands are not like that. Either your form is shit or you have shitty hand genetics. Or both.
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>>7623573
tissues on bed... bro i stopped jacking off in the 5th grade how can u even consider yourself patrician. Donate that Joyce book now, you dont deserve it
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>>7624098
>bro i stopped jacking off in the 5th grade
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>>7623772
definitely, but I just keep a generic journal where I talk about anything that I'm thinking/doing/etc. Literature shouldn't be separate from life IMO
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>>7624098
>is against masturbation
>reads Joyce

Bro...
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>>7624098
Bro..........bro........idiotic faggot cunt shut up. Uurrr herr de3rrr I stpz mastebates bedause enlightenment and gentlmunz and a schloar.
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>>7621236
>>7621387

>post-it notes
High-school girls, please, leave
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>>7623772
I do this, been at it for a year. It's a good idea, and sometimes I capture something special I felt while reading, having somewhere to put quotes is nice too.
But often I find myself going through the same format over and over, and not really saying anything of value. Makes me feel boring.
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>>7621230
Nietzsche? what are you doing here
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I mainly read within groups so I tend to highlight or annotate things that grow in the discussion, if its more complicated I also highlight for myself important anchoring points to focus myself by.

its also nice later on when you re read to sort of discuss with yourself or see what changed in the understanding of the text from the last time you read it.

if I need to write about some book, I also tend to be more annotative by the question that I guide myself by.
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>>7624403
>is against murder
>reads Dostoevsky
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>>7621748
I read in the bath constantly. Im in the bath for fucking hours.

Read the entirety of 20k leagues while in the bath.
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>>7621748
>>7621755
>>7621778
>>7625463
roasties detected
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>>7621279
You materialist mongoloid.
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>>7625448
>is against pedophilia
>reads Nabokov
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>>7621230
>not having a good enough memory to remember the main events in a book so you have to write them down
Wow Anon, you're being more autistic than usual.
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>>7625560
>reading for plot
>>>r/books
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maybe it's my poor concentration power, but I could never anotate, highlight or anything in a book because I lost the thread of what I was reading
also, this >>7622168
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>>7623573

l-lewd photo
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>>7625463
Aren't you afraid that you'll drop the book in the water?
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>>7623573
post ass
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>>7621553
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>>7621493

Laughing my ass off
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>>7627242
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>>7624098
>just triggered /lit/
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>>7621465
it's simplier to use ctrl+f
ebook here
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>>7621238
>I'm not yet out of highschool
Critical reading is something done by any serious scholar in any field.
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>>7621230
I have photographic memory.

/thread
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>>7622168
Unless you're interested in the process, then the magic is amplified.

I don't agree with your statement, anyway.
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>>7627751
>serious scholars
lmao

why are you implying that anyone should care?
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