Reading a Collection of Essays (or Poems)

Reading a Collection of Essays (or Poems)


Among the many options you have for reading, perhaps one of the books you are likely to encounter is a collection. This could mean a collection of anything, but the most common type is either the collection of poems or the collection of essays. As any tech blog on reading will be more than willing to tell you, reading a collection may actually be easier and less stressful than if you were reading a technical textbook.
The key, however, is always in knowing the qualities of a collection that will be of help to you in your process of reading. It will be easy to deduce that your collection of essays or poems is a different creature from your child’s storybook. It will also be easy to deduce that you don’t have to read this collection the way you would read a mystery novel (yep, no fear of spoilers here). So, how do you read a collection?

Tips for Reading Collections

First of all, have a look at the Table of Contents. This set of contents will give you some interesting input as to which of the readings may actually spark your interest. Some tables of contents will give you the titles straightaway, while some will probably divide the titles further into chapters. Whatever the case may be, you can now take your pick from among the many titles and chapters, by asking yourself which one you find really striking, and start from there. 

Also, you have to understand that when reading collections, you don’t have to be afraid of mixing it all up. Reading one collection from Edgar Allan Poe might prove to be too depressing. So, you can actually read a set of short stories written by Jeffrey Archer, and always prepare yourself for that twist in the ending, like only Archer can. By being creative and dynamic in the way you mix up your reading of collections, you then don’t have to be afraid of the reading process becoming dull – it never will.

Lastly, here’s another good idea: when reading collections, be sure to do it interactively. Essays and poetry are much like potato chips – they’re really meant to be shared with other readers and website visitors. By sharing the collections with like-minded individuals, you will have a more enjoyable reading experience.

Greg: While I agree with most of the things that are here, it would certainly be of great help if the collections themselves would have some insider information for each chapter. This means your chances of jumping into something you won’t necessarily like will be minimized. Nevertheless, anything is still worth reading, after all.