Reading isn’t a thing apart from who we are or how we think. You don’t read the same way I do. I don’t read a menu the same way I read a novel or a love letter.
From a post I wrote for students struggling with analytical reading:
“It stands to reason that anyone who isn’t a professional reader (teacher/professor/editor/literary critic, e.g.) is an amateur. One connotation of the word amateur is a person who doesn’t get paid for a particular talent. In a culture that overwhelmingly–and often erroneously–associates value with money, an amateur is often considered less proficient than a professional who gets paid for doing the same thing.
But it’s the second connotation of amateur that makes something worth doing and life worth living. The word comes from a French derivation of the Latin verb for “love.” Amateurs love what they do. In fact, amateurism is often defined as, “the philosophy that elevates things done without self-interest above things done for pay.” In this sense, although I have been paid for teaching, consulting, researching, and writing about learning for nearly 25 years, I am a proud amateur.”
how we read [Dr. Preston’s English Language & Composition 2013-2014]