Is there any difference between “go through” and “read” a book?

Consider these two expressions:

Once I am done with my assignment, I will go through the Calculus book.

Once I am done with my assignment, I will read the Calculus book.

Is there any difference in the meaning of these two expressions?


There is some difference, I think. Oddly, I think the difference could go in two opposite directions. “Read” means just that read. But if you say I will “go through” a calculus book (no capital needed there, by the way) that implies (to me) that you will work substantially on the book, doing exercises etc.

On the other hand, if you say you will “go through” a popular book (as opposed to a text) that, to me, implies almost skimming.

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