Hey guys /lit/ scrub here
So I read the sticky and bought this book. Now the problem is that Im struggling big time. Ive read for hours and im only on page 25. I keep on zoneing out almost falling asleep. Any advice or good youtube tutorials how to read faster/better/whatever would be great, thanks.
1) Why are you reading it? Only to prep you for the Greeks? If yes, then just read the sections on the families, the heroes, and the Trojan War.
2) Take breaks in your reading; drink some coffee or tea.
Im reading it because I want my brain to get some kind of exercise other than just headbashing itself against the wall whilst im playing D3 all day long. Also I want to get down to the philosophers and then later nietchze thats my goal in terms of authors.
Well, I feel like im running a marathon by just reading two pages in this book every time. I dont think taking breaks is the problem solver here
I'd disagree with that. That book is best if you're taking some form of Literature course.
I recommend reading good books, and taking them slow.
The book by Hamilton is a reference work, more of an encyclopaedia than a novel. Don't condemn yourself for getting sleepy.
Read some short stories if you have a poor attention span; Chekhov would be a great author for you to look into. I recommend this collection: http://www.amazon.co.uk/About-Stories-Oxford-Worlds-Classics/dp/0199536686/ref=pd_cp_14_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1YS66PEZTKA6PF8S0F8X
If you want an introduction to philosophy, read: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Story-Philosophy-Bryan-Magee-x/dp/0751333328/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=51uZOa8C7WL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR123%2C160_&refRID=0ZPAV4AA0TCCDH48W31Z -- It covers each of the main philosophers in easy-to-understand language.
I'd disagree, while I agree he should read what he's motivated to read, he may be overwhelmed by the N-man.
You're supposed to read the useful bits.
If your going to dive into Norse mythology just read the relevant section in the book. Or read bits that are interesting. It's not really a book you need to read cover to cover.
Your brain is so adjusted to quick and fast bursts of dopamine that you lack the capacity to be able to read a book in silent and contemplative matter. The only thing there is left to do is to do it the hard way: keep persisting. I had the same problem as you do, and still have from time to time. Just keep at it and slowly you will become more accustomed to reading rather than falling asleep or being distracted.