How to Read More Books

Read More. Read Better. Read to Remember.

"There are worse crimes than burning books.
One of them is not reading them."

Ray Bradbury

The How to Read More Course Series focuses on increasing the quantity of books you consume in a quality way. If you wish you were well-read but can’t find the time or the mental energy to sustain a passionate and disciplined reading life, this course series will give you proven strategies and practical tips to devour one book after another and remember what you read so that you can use it in your personal and professional lives. This approach incorporates whole-brained learning to teach students how to harness brains science to learn effectively and read more.


Reading Strategies – How to Read Better

How to Read Better teaches students college level reading strategies and beyond to increase reading comprehension and intentional study skills of all reading material, including textbooks, short-fiction, philosophy, or novels.

  • The History of Reading
  • What Is Reading?
  • How We Read
  • Why We Read
  • Harnessing Hyper and Deep Attention
  • Speed Reading
  • Slow Reading
  • Reading Strategies

Memory Strategies – Reading to Remember

Once students complete the first two courses, they will have the skills to read more and read better. Next students learn how to organize their reading material to remember and apply what they’ve read to their personal and professional lives.

  • Method Reading
  • Assemblaged Reading
  • Reading in the Brain
  • Marginalia
  • Narration
  • Commonplacing
  • Repetition
  • Conversation
  • Reading in the Zeitgeist
  • Memory Strategies

Productivity Strategies – How to Read More

How to Read More teaches students to understand what is happening in their brain when they read and learn what it takes devour more books through habit formation and incorporating reading into their personal and professional lives.

  • Start With Why
  • The Magic of Reading Big
  • Reading Flow
  • Eat That Book
  • The Power of Reading Habits
  • The One Book
  • Total Book Makeover
  • Bite Size Goals
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Reading
  • Goal Setting Strategies for Readers

This course is closed for enrollment.

Your Instructor

Jessica S. Manuel
Jessica S. Manuel

Jessica S. Manuel is a reader, writer, and college professor. Her work explores the intersections of contemporary theories and philosophies with classic and contemporary literature.

She earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Critical Theory and a minor in Theological Studies from The Master's University. She went on to earn her M.A. in English (Literature) from San Francisco State University where she studied 19th-20th Century Literatures with a special studies emphasis in Critical Theory. After examining the intersections of psychoanalysis and contemporary literature, she wrote her thesis on Haruki Murakami's use of the unconscious in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

After earning her M.A., she continued her education at University of California, San Diego where she studied and earned certificates in teaching adult learners, literature, and online teaching and learning. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University.

Jessica offers online adult literature courses and reading groups for life-long learners through Book Oblivion Academy and also teaches writing and literature courses at the college level.

This course is closed for enrollment.