. . . and you have a deadline to get it read, like a book club meeting, you may need to resort to this “formula” I was recently given for an abbreviated read of a book.
1. Read the first and last chapters.
2. Figure out how many pages are in between.
3. Divide those pages by the number of days you have until you need to have the book read. (I would vary this a little to make each day begin at the beginning of a chapter. It seems like the beginnings of chapters tend to do some summarizing and also tend to provide key information.)
4. Each day, no matter if you were able to entirely finish the pages “assigned” to the previous day or not, start on the first page for that day and read as many of that day’s pages as you can.
If you do that each day, when you arrive at the day you should have the book read, you may not have read every page of the book, but you will have a pretty good feel for the essence of the book.
Of course, this is certainly not the way to “savor” a book, but, especially when you belong to a book club, I can picture it being a tool that might come in handy sometime!
Now, excuse me, I have to get back to reading — book club is in two days!