This method of reviewing a book will save you a lot of time.
1- Survey the book by reading the table of contents, the introductory chapter and the introduction and summary of each chapter. This determines whether you want to read the book at all and gives you an overview knowledge of the book.
2- Question. Write the questions you have about the book. These then become your study questions or learning goals about the book.
3- Read. When you Read the book, it is very helpful to take notes in the form of a mindmap. (I do this and then save each mindmap to evernote.)
4. Recall - IN this case you work to recall what is in the book. The key phrase or notes that summarize each section. You should use your own words and can note it at the beginning or end of the chapter if you have a Kindle (then you can take these notes and export them as well.) It also helps to share these with another person verbally or with a group.
5. Review. As you review what is in each chapter, you can look at the key phrases. This is when I like to make a blog post or journal entry.
This very important method is used by Mrs. Grace Adkins who runs our learning lab at the school. She’s 85 years old and an incredible inspiration. She can recall and remember so many books and reads four or five of them a week.
While this method of getting the most out of a book was based on initial research done in the 1930’s, I find it very helpful today. Good writers are good readers and this method helps you prepare to read well.