Reading Tricks

Okay, it’s time to get personal. I’m about to spill a secret that I’ve never told anyone. I use reading tricks when I read.

I think I started doing it in school whenever I had to read a textbook or any book I wasn’t particular fond of. Now I find myself randomly doing them while I read.

Still don’t know what reading tricks are? I’ll give you a few examples using a passage from a Jane Austen Classic. Why Jane Austen? My husband just made me watch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It’s actually pretty good if you know the original story and wording. Anyway, back to the matter at hand…

1. None of my reading tricks are ever meant to take away from the reading. I have a simple one where I just count lines. If I get to the end of a section or chapter before I get my round number, I am automatically more eager to continue. My favorite number is six. The paragraphs below are marked accordingly:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife.

However little know the feels or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

“My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, “have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.

“But it is,” she returned, “for Mrs. Long has just been there, and she told me all about it.”

Mr. Bennet made no answer.

“Do not you want to know who has taken it?” cried his wife impatiently.

“You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.”

That was invitation enough.

2. This other reading trick is a bit more involved, but a bit more fun, too. I have to find a different punctuation mark on each line. Variety is the key. If there isn’t a punctuation mark, or if I’m in danger of having two alike, I say “Left” or “Right” to keep going. If I can’t keep going, I have to start all over. Here is the mark up of that reading trick:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife.

However little know the feels or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood,   (L)this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, “have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?

Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.

“But it is, she returned, “for Mrs. Long has just been there, and she told me all about it.”

Mr. Bennet made no answer.

“Do not you want to know who has taken it?” cried his wife impatiently.

You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.”

That was invitation enough.

 

We got through it in one piece! Awesome!

Y’all might have noticed that I’ve been italicizing reading tricks and treated it like a foreign word. I don’t know if anyone else has ever thought up something like this, or if it’s quite common and goes by a different name. I thought I’d just reach out and ask y’all.

Does anyone else do something like this? What is your trick? Or does this earn a 10 on the quirk meter?

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One thought on “Reading Tricks

  1. Haha, yes you’re quite quirky.

    I alwways do the thing where I place Skittles on my textbooks when I have to read a lot. It definitely keeps me motivated.

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