How to read a book

The advice given on how to read a book by J. Oswald Sanders (cf. p. 107 of Sanders’ book Spiritual Leadership) seems spot on to me:

“Canon Yates advised that every good book needs three readings. The first should be rapid and continuous, to give your mind an overview and to associate the book’s material with your previous knowledge. The second reading should be careful and paced. Take notes and think. Then after an interval of time, a third reading should be like the first. Write a brief analysis of the book on the inside back cover. Thus will the book make a solid imprint on your memory.”