Critical Reading: Photographic Evidence
Here you can see how this can look pretty random—but each note was typed into a summary which I then submitted as part of my reading journal for grad school. (In my defense for the condition of the cover of the book—I purchased it used and it wasn’t in great condition when I received it!)
Here’s what it looks like inside. I know, you’re wondering what the note says . . .
The whole “knowing she’s hurt” thing doesn’t ring true to me. Yes, he’s a pastor, but he’s still a man and he’s shown no clairvoyance into anyone else’s character like that. Better he pull back because he’s a pastor, because he feels (felt) called to stay single, because she’s his boss, because he feels like he doesn’t have anything to offer her.
(I was a little disillusioned with this book by this point.)
This is another book using smaller Post-its. The reason there are two different colors is because I ran out of pink. They’re not color-coded.
And here, you can see where I was taking notes on things I liked in the hero’s character (I chose to analyze this novel because, like my contemporary romance Happy Endings Inc., it has a hidden-identity as part of the plot) as well as breaking down the main storylines and conflicts. Also, notice the difference in my note here about his seeing something locked inside of her—that it works—as opposed to the first example. Part of the analysis process is figuring out why it would work in one book and not another.