I think the key to your question is "study". Many of us tend to treat books as a collectors item, while some books may be like this I suggest getting yourself a reading copy as well. Highlight, take notes in the margin, dog ear the corners, remember this book is a tool for you to use. Having done nothing but coins for a long time I am now working with, notice I said working not mearly reading, the Card College series. I did read quite a bit of it before I got started to see how the book was presented and get a feel for the text. Look at the pictures, read any little boxes of information to see what they may reveal. Next I started at Chapter one and read the whole chapeter, then I picked up my cards and worked along with the author, slowly. In a book like these where technique leads to a trick I try and make sure that I am very comfortable with each slight as I go along. The key is too ingest it all slowly so you are sure you understand before you move forward. Eveyone learns in a different manner and has their own time table for working through book. My advise when working with something huge is take your time to enjoy yourself and don't simply force yourself through it. Have fun, that's the whole point anyway. Being a book guy, as one of the earlier posts points out, is feeling comfortable to put aside the rest of the world and enter into a new one all by yourself. You set the rules or the boundries, but most of all enjoy what you are doing. Sometimes your can't get throug a book, that's ok, try another, maybe you will come back to it later or maybe not.