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How Would You Define Reading? How would you personally define reading? It matters very much what reading means to us because our understanding what it is will determine the outcome to what we should expect reading will do for us. Malcom X grasped this when he made this statement, "I suppose it was inevitable that as my word-base broadened, I could for the first time pick up a book and read and now begin to understand what the book was saying. Anyone who has read a great deal can imagine the new world that opened. Let me tell you something: from then until I left that prison, in every free moment I had, if I was not reading in the library, I was reading on my bunk. You couldn’t have gotten me out of books with a wedge" (Haley 176). [1] In their "classic guide to intelligent reading: "How to Read a Book," Adler and Van Doren defined reading as a process, "...what we mean by the art of reading as follows: the process whereby a mind, with nothing... read more

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