How Do You Read And Understand A Novel?

How do you read and understand a book?

Method 2 Setting Yourself up for Success While Reading

  • Find a good spot for reading.
  • Make sure you’re in the right frame of mind to focus.
  • Pick paper books over e-readers for better understanding.
  • Read the book slowly but steadily.
  • Check your knowledge of what has happened before moving onto a new section.

What is the proper way to read a novel?


  1. Block out distractions while you’re reading.
  2. Nail down the basic questions of the novel before tackling the headier themes.
  3. Think about the narrator’s role in the story, if they have one.
  4. Think about the style.
  5. Summarize the main events of each chapter or part once you finish it.
  6. Read with a partner or group.

How do you analyze a reading book?


  • Read the work slowly and pay close attention to detail.
  • Take notes as you read.
  • Study the context in which the author wrote the book.
  • Establish the essential plot points of the story.
  • Determine the setting of the book and how it contributes to the story.
  • Examine the actions, motivations, and beliefs of the characters.

How do you read a book without reading it?


  1. If there is a movie adaptation of the book, watch it.
  2. If the book has a Wikipedia page, read it.
  3. Go to the Sparknotes and/or CliffsNotes websites.
  4. If your book is not on these websites, do a Google search on the book title.
  5. Your search will yield thousands of results.
  6. Take notes.