Part of the art of reading is to skip judiciously. In fact, it is important to decide whether to read or not to read something at all.
Most reports, magazine articles, or books have only a few useful ideas to offer. The trick is to find them quickly.
This can be done by:
scanning the table of contents for a rough idea of what it is all about, scanning it quickly to get to know the writer and how he writes, and reading carefully those sections that appear to contain the information in which you have an interest.
If you make a decision not to read an article, report, or book, you have gained time and not filled your mind with useless information. This gives you more time for important and entertaining reading.
Regarding reading for entertainment, Bennett Cerf believed that anybody fortunate enough “to have learned the joys of reading in his formative years. . . knows there has never been, and never will be a substitute for a good book.”
Someone has pointed out that “the person who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the person who can’t read them.”
Isaac Watts sums it all up this way: ” . . thanks to my friends for their care in my breeding, who taught me betimes to love working and reading.”