I read for a number of years (and times) before ever meeting another reader...before the internet era or audio versions, etc. Zero contact. No key word searches. No Paramony (as a Bible lover, this was a real find and companion!!) or Concordex (the original book version index of alphabetical key words). I didn't even know how to pronounce all the new words!!
I was so blessed to find a local study group and both of those hard back resources in the same library all at the same time. Wonderful!
The problem with "studying" the UB by topic compared to straight reading is significant. The Papers have a cadence or rhythm to their prose (although I agree it's either missing or less apparent in the Forward...hahahaha). And the Papers seem to anticipate reader questions and then answer them in straight reading. Both of these are missed in topical "study".
Discipline is useful....so far as it goes....related to a reading programme. Don't know if you spend much time in a car alone or yard/garden/house work activities but I suggest you try supplementing your reading with the audio versions, available in either streaming or download versions at TruthBook: https://truthbook.com/urantia-book/audio-downloads
The audio versions deliver a whole new experience! They also deliver the cadence and pronounce all the new words!
After many readings, by Part and Paper, and several front to back, I mostly "study" now....using a topical approach that carries me front to back....which usually results in re-reading whole Papers. One must watch the "snippet" study which can easily result in out of context readings and distorted understanding.
Front to back is recommended by the authors to enjoy and benefit from the intentions of the authors to present a complex tapestry one thread and weave at a time, to slowly integrate concepts into a picture that presents a perspective that random reading does not deliver.
I suggest every reading will (or should) take more time than the time before. You will take more and more conceptual detours chasing details not so recognized or appreciated in earlier readings the more you read and study...or so it is with me.
I did not mark the book or make notes my first reading. Just read and then contemplated and prayed and read some more. But my second reading and third left me with a completely colorized and fully annotated and cross referenced version which was a greater study guide for a few decades. Then came the internet and study guides and resources and visual aides!!
Now, I mostly read on-line versions and always have a tab open for key word searches. Still love the pages of my leather bound, gold leafed lap version though!!
Enjoy!!! Thanks for being here!