Education Desk
Even if you have lots of experience in reading books, you will still come across a novel that’s difficult to get through. You may find yourself reading slowly because of the subject matter, the language, word usage, or the convoluted plot and character elements. When you are just attempting to get through the book, it may not really matter to you why the book is difficult, you just want to get to the end, so you can move on to your next reading pick. But there are ways to make even the hardest book less of a trial to get through.
Find your perfect reading spot — a place where you can be comfortable and read. Figure out what conditions you need to be able to concentrate, study, and read most effectively. It may be easier for you to read at a desk, at a table in a quiet library, outside or in one of those cushy chairs at Starbucks. Some readers can’t concentrate when there’s any noise around them, while others can read anywhere. Reproduce those ideal conditions — particularly when you’re reading a difficult book.
Look at how the book is organized by reading through the table of contents and reading the introduction. This may help give you a sense of what material is coming as you read.
Don’t stop reading for too long. It can be tempting to put off finishing the book when the book seems too difficult but don’t give in to that temptation. If you put off continuing your reading for too long you may forget what you’ve read. Key elements of the plot or characterization may get lost over time so it’s best to try to keep reading at your usual pace.
Get help! If you’re still having a difficult time with the book, a tutor might be able to answer your questions. If you’re reading for a class, consider talking with your teacher about your confusion. Ask him/her specific questions about the book.