I find it easiest to learn these games with the aid of some (high quality) youtube channels.
Hofstadter https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... D4L81EtEja
(these are also usefull for WITE)
Then I have a go at the game and fail, and that is the moment I start reading the manual to fill in the gaps.
I prefer watching someone doing it and
explaining why they do it before I read the documentation.
Like you said it can be dry stuff to read and can stop you from playing these games all together.