If we take the old saying “youth is wasted on the young,” and trade the word youth for college it would be just as true, if not truer. Asking eighteen and nineteen year olds to take what the world of knowledge has to offer and treat it with the reverence it deserves seems a bit foolish. No wonder then that the bookstores are crammed with “guides,” both idiot’s and otherwise, to any number of subjects for those who, a bit older and a bit more mature, want to dig into something deeply and are looking for a place to begin. One of the most understandably popular of these is the “how-to read” genre. Many people, later in life, decide they want to get more out of reading than what Dean Koontz and Danielle Steele have to offer. Luckily for them, there are plenty of books to help. Unluckily, these books have many problems.
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