I regularly get asked to recommend books which is a privilege and delight. Less frequently, I am asked what process/strategies I use for reading. When I do, I mention the following. Books are not created equally so lesser lights don’t get the following treatment, but many do.
Here is my copy of the wonderful Melville: His World and Work by Andrew Delbanco. I am very interested in the challenges to the Christian faith that arose in the nineteenth century America.
For years, I’ve used a red pencil to highlight and either a black pen or pencil for marginal notes. I don’t always make an index as in the second photo, but it is not uncommon.