I've been digging into the Making of... books lately (right now, it's the Indiana Jones one) and I realized I do some skipping as I read. It made me ask, how do you read such books?
When it says " (see page 34) " as a side note, do you go right there, even if it's in the middle of a paragraph or column? Do you check out the pictures first? Ignore the captions? Read sidebars first, last, or not at all? Do any indexing first to look for key terms? Read out of chronological order?
My own answers are, I read the prologue/preface/introduction first, start on the first page and read from there. These resource books have me finish paragraphs or at column breaks, then check out the captions under all the photos on the facing pages. When I get to sidebars (those columns on the edges or sometimes even an entire two-page spread) I wait until I've finished the text before it, then go back to them. I usually save the index for the very end, but occasionally I look up certain names.
Am I just revealing my teacher roots here? Or my anal retentive nature?