Books are an essential part of our lives and book reading, in my opinion, is an art. Books can be divided into different genres. These genres give us a wide variety in the selection of the book that we want to read except for our school and course books. There are different parts of a book, and it is essential to master the art of reading each part of the book in a way that the highlights are locked in your mind forever.
Why is it Important to Read Books?
We read books from different genres for different purposes. Some people rad books merely for entertainment. These people generally like to read books related to crime and horror. The books that give us chills are the ones that are the most entertaining.
On the contrary, I know many people who do not like horror books because it makes them feel stressed. The people who do not like reading horror and thriller related books sometimes engage in reading comic books that make them feel less stressed. A bunch of people prefers reading classic novels related to legendary writers such as William Shakespeare.
There is another favorite genre of books called spirituality and motivation. Many people read books under this genre to get motivated in their lives.
Some people engage in reading books related to politics, economics, science, and other related genres because of educational purposes. Besides, some people read all types of books simply because they love reading.
Reading books is an extremely healthy habit as it has several benefits. People generally read books to get these benefits.
Some of the benefits of reading books are:
- Reading different books that are related to the same topic gives you various perspectives about that topic. This helps you build an unbiased and neutral view about any issue. We can understand this with the help of an example; when we read several books related to politics, it provides us with the views of different writers and authors about politics and helps us know the various dimensions of the subject.
- Reading books related to our country and how it works helps us understand our country in a better way.
- Reading also helps us analyze and evaluate our feelings and makes us understand what is right and what is wrong. This analysis of emotions allows us to debate in a more impactful way in competitions and other platforms.
- Reading books of a particular language helps us develop our vocabulary in that language and even allows us to pass tests and exams that may suddenly come up in our lives.
- When we read the different parts of a book systematically, it helps us in increasing our level of concentration. There are several books related to general knowledge [GK] and science, which help us to improve our ability to think.
- Reading books relieves your stress.
- Reading books helps you write and draft better articles and essays.
These are very few benefits of reading, but whenever you read a book, you will realize the uncountable advantages that are reading the book is giving you.
As I stated earlier, reading a book is an art. This is because when you read a book, you have to be able to read it in a way that you do not get bored quickly. When you get bored of reading a book, you will delay reading it and after some time, just leave reading it. Going a book after reading half of it is not a good habit.
When you do not maintain that consistency while reading a book, you start losing that consistency in your life too. You will soon observe that you have begun leaving many things when you are halfway done with them.
Secondly, when you find a particular part of the book boring and leave reading it, you completely lose the chance of gaining knowledge that you probably would have got from the other few parts of the book. To avoid this situation, it is essential not to get bored while reading a book.
Now, a big question arises- How do I not get bored with reading a book? The simple solution is to read the parts of a book instead of reading the whole book. Sounds complicated? But it is not as complicated as it sounds.
Whenever we start reading a book, we need to read the book slowly. Reading a few pages of the book every day will surely help us understand the part we read and will keep us interested in the book. When we read too many pages in a book together, we tend to feel burdened with knowledge, which is especially the case with educational books.
A Few Important Parts of a Book that you Must Know Before you Start Reading your Next Book
1. The Book Cover
The book cover is the first page and the last page of a book. It includes an attractive picture for marketing purposes. The cover page is 2-paged and has a front cover and a back cover. The beautiful image is generally found on the front cover of the book, along with the name of the author.
The back cover consists of a summary of the book or the story written in the book. This summary is written in a way that makes people curious about the book.
Professional designers design the front and the back covers because they need to make it look up to the mark. If the book is related to mysteries and horrors, it even contains some unanswered questions written in summary to excite the reader.
2. The Table of Contents
The table of contents is also known as the index. This page gives an overview of the scope provided in the book. This page consists of a systematic order and format. This is one of those parts of a book that gives you a glimpse of what all you will be reading in the book and if it is relevant for you or not.
3. Copyright Information of the Book
This is the most important of all the features of a book, and without this, no book can be published legally. Copyright means a legal right given to the author of a book to publish, print, perform, or film a particular book. No book can be posted or filmed without copyright, and if someone violates this law, he or she can face legal consequences.
Whenever a book is filmed or used for related purposes, there is generally an agreement between the author of the book and the person who wants to use the book for other purposes.
The copyright information of a book consists of a lot of information about the book. This information must include the copyright notice, the year the book was created and published, the year the book was registered along with the originator’s name, the reservation details, ordering information, book editions, and the ISBN or the international standard book number.
Copyright is an incredibly important part of a book and is mandatory. No compromise can be made in the copyright information while writing the book.
4.How to Use the Book
This page might or might not be found in a book. The existence of this page depends entirely on the context of the book. However, this is one of those parts of a book that holds a lot of importance in educational books. Many of our textbooks and related books have this part.
It describes in detail about how a book should be read or studied and what parts of a book should be learned and given more information to. This part sometimes even explains about the cartoons that are included in the details of a book and how these cartoons should be used for understanding perspectives.
The preface is just like how to use the book provided; it is included in all books. It states all the aims of the book. A new question arises- why should we read the preface of a book? The introduction of a book provides you with direct interaction with the author and why you should hear him out. In this section, the author states his points and views.
6. The Chapters/ Divisions of the Book
This is one of the main features of a book. The chapters of the book are written in the index and are a systematic division of the story. Dividing a book into chapters and lessons is a very crucial and essential task because it helps you understand the concepts that differ in detail.
When two or three concepts are mixed, and the book is not systematically organized, the reader might face confusion and lose interest in reading the book.
Every book generally starts with the first chapter that talks about the environment of a place, the setting of the story, and the characters and then gradually builds up the story. Some books might even have absurd beginnings, and you will not know where the story exactly started. In such cases, the author tries to take you in the flashback of the information which helps the story get more interesting.
In storybooks, each chapter generally has an introductory paragraph and a paragraph that concludes the chapter. The conclusion of the chapter increases the curiosity of the reader and makes the reader want to read the book for some more time.
In the case of educational and related books, the chapters generally start from easy and then go on to become rigid. The accessible chapters are like those chapters that give the basic ideas of the subject. The basics of an issue are essential. You cannot solve math problems before you know the raw numbers. Similarly, you cannot study a subject without knowing the basics of it.
The chapters are numbered most of the time and sometimes the author might divide these parts of a book by giving them interesting names. The conclusion of some books is satisfactory, but some books are concluded absurdly because of different reasons.
Some books leave the conclusion on the readers and make the readers think, and the others just add a twist in the end so that people take an interest in the sequel of the book. The best example of books that have a twisted ending is a series of goosebumps.
When you see this part in a book, you may think that this is one of the most unnecessary parts of a book. On the contrary, it is one of the most necessary elements of a book. When we say that an author writes a book and publishes it, it is not as easy as it sounds. When a book is published, there is a whole team behind it.
There is a group of people who have contributed to the creation of the book. The part of a book that contains the acknowledgment shows the gratitude of an author towards his or her team. These people work hard to make the book cover and help in the marketing of the book. Thus, we need to know who these people are and how they have helped in the creation of the book.
8. About the author
This part of a book gives you all information that you want to know about the originator of the book. This part might be at the beginning of a book or towards the end of it. This part sometimes might motivate you in the sense of writing books that are different from your life, as in this section. You might find the life of the author utterly different from what he or she has written in the story.
Other than these parts of a book, some books have other extra features. In educational books, we can find a wide range of topics covered. To make it less confusing for students, the chapters are further divided into parts that include the key points and summary of the chapter, some boxes that give some source-based information, pictures with comical representations, and the question and answers section. These divisions in parts of a book hold a lot of importance in a book.
Whenever we read a book, we can either read the central portion of the book that includes the main points in the book or can read all the parts correctly. In the end, the choice entirely depends on the person who is reading the book. However, to make a book more exciting and feeling a connection with it, it is essential to read all the parts of a book.
This is because when you read all the parts of a book, you can know the perspective of the author and learn new things and apply them while writing articles and stories. Reading all the parts of a book gives you a different kind of experience, and you will also get the inspiration of how to think out of the box.