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I was an avid book lover from the ages of 5-13, then fell off drastically for almost a decade. :crying:

Not realizing how much my attention span suffered with my slow accumulation of technology, every time I tried to pick up a book for pleasure, I would be bored out of my mind after only fifteen minutes. Reading was an absolute chore, but I missed it a lot. So, my goal this year was to read six books [twice as much as I've read for pleasure in the past three years combined]. I didn't feel too capable, but this is the hobby I've missed the most, so I had to do what I could.

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I just finished my 17th book of the year tonight! :blushed: Today was also a day off for me, so I had the time and was able to read for at least six hours [I lost track of time]. I'm really happy to reclaim my love of reading and have more encouragement for continuing to lower my screentime! Heading over to the library will probably be a weekly errand for me again. :happy:

Anyone else love to read? Physical or ebooks? Would you read all day if you could?
 

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I do like to read. I read mostly fiction of the fantasy (especially swords & sorcery sub-genre), science fiction, and horror (especially Lovecraftian horror) genres. I also read philosophy and theology.

I prefer holding real books and reading in a semi-reclined position. I will read from the internet if I don't have a physical book available of a work that I become aware of.
 

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Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. Both fiction & non-fiction. Of late I've been in too historical novels and detectives, but at the moment I am reading the bible which will take some time...

This year I've had plenty of time for reading and boy I took advantage from that. Lost track how many books I read in the past 6 months, can't be bothered really, but it sure is more than 15.

Tomorrow I'll be going to a secondhand book market. It is like paradise for me and I am certain too bring a small suitcase of books back home. You know how great it is, for an avid reader, to buy 20 books for like €75 euros.

Book markets and libraries.....sigh.....great places to wander....
 

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Ha :p It's sort of my job to read all day. Been a freelance editor and hobbyist creative writer for most of my life.

Now I'm into eBooks because I have no more space for physical books (and the latter can be a pain to clean). I have a double degree in English/Comparative Lit and French Studies at undergraduate level. I also studied librarianship and editing/publishing at postgraduate level.

Now my recreational reading comprises mostly crime fiction and psychological thrillers (although I dip into philosophy from time to time).
 

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I'm bad at reading large amounts of text cause my brain doesn't let me focus on it for long before it wanders, but I would probably read more if I was able to. I'd have to find some books I was interested in though, a lot of books come across as a bit too foofy for me, a bit style over substance with the writing. Just gimme a good story and I'm gold.

I prefer books to ebooks either way just because reading off a screen for too long can get pretty achey, and it's always nice to have things in physical form that you can put on a shelf and call yours.

Oh actually no, that being said, I do really like visual novels and visual novel-esque games. So if those count then yeah, I do like to read those (though I haven't found many VNs I'm interested in). Visual novel called The House in Fata Morgana is one of my favourite things in the world, and a lot of my favourite games have a text heavy VN-ish presentation.
 

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Psychological thrillers.
I am definitely anticipating the moment I come across a good thriller. Just read my first mystery [that wasn't Encyclopedia Brown or the Boxcar Children], and really enjoyed it.
 
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Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. Both fiction & non-fiction. Of late I've been in too historical novels and detectives, but at the moment I am reading the bible which will take some time...

This year I've had plenty of time for reading and boy I took advantage from that. Lost track how many books I read in the past 6 months, can't be bothered really, but it sure is more than 15.

Tomorrow I'll be going to a secondhand book market. It is like paradise for me and I am certain too bring a small suitcase of books back home. You know how great it is, for an avid reader, to buy 20 books for like €75 euros.

Book markets and libraries.....sigh.....great places to wander....
What is a book market? I don't know if I have ever seen one...
 

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I prefer books to ebooks either way just because reading off a screen for too long can get pretty achey, and it's always nice to have things in physical form that you can put on a shelf and call yours.

Oh actually no, that being said, I do really like visual novels and visual novel-esque games. So if those count then yeah, I do like to read those (though I haven't found many VNs I'm interested in). Visual novel called The House in Fata Morgana is one of my favourite things in the world, and a lot of my favourite games have a text heavy VN-ish presentation.
I do like to read. I read mostly fiction of the fantasy (especially swords & sorcery sub-genre), science fiction, and horror (especially Lovecraftian horror) genres. I also read philosophy and theology.

I prefer holding real books and reading in a semi-reclined position. I will read from the internet if I don't have a physical book available of a work that I become aware of.
I prefer physical books as well. Most of my online reading are research studies that would be a horrible pain to print out. Haven't started to build my personal collection yet, so I amble through library aisles.
@Pizzafari: Visual novels are really neat, I would definitely count those!
@Im FiNe: Do you borrow from the library or buy your own books more?
 
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My god, you are the exact same as me... I have been telling myself I need (and want) to read more but the technology attention span thing is definitely applicable. I used to read more than I do now as a kid but lately I have started trying to get in the habit of doing it every day, either before I go to bed or during the day. It was just a little bit chore-ish at firstr but now... it's fun. Also, I hate reading Ebooks, I only like physical although I might be overcoming my prejudices with time. I'm currently digesting a lot of Victorian age literature as preparation for a story I'm writing set then, and also for fun. Right now I'm reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. No one asked but I'll list my opinions of Victorian writers.

-Charlotte Brontë - Love. Super mesmerising, really intricate descriptive language, super relatable/interesting narration from the POV of the character (I have only read Jane Eyre, but bought some more of her stuff, including a book of short stories including fantasy called The Green Dwarf.) Fairly complex writing and she had a huge vocabulary, but you get used to it after a couple of pages and get into it each time.
-Elizabeth Gaskell - Like a lot (I think she and Charlotte are both INFP with INTJ influence like I am, so I can understand them easily). Highly readable, fairly straightforward but charming and personable writing.
-William Thackeray - I like his stuff. Fairly straightforward but with incisive little quips and irreverant narration that makes you feel like he is talking to you personally and commenting on the characters. The style of writing is good, I don't know how else to say it.
-Charles Dickens - I read a lot of Little Dorrit before finally giving up. Dickens feels like a rollercoaster that never goes anywhere, it just keeps going up and down and you get to a certain point, you kind of enjoy the tidbits, but you realise... it isn't going anywhere? Also, all his characters are kind of... sprites. They are these poor little sympathetic creatures or this charming man who takes care of them. I never felt like they were real people. I still like some parts of his writing though.

And now for the controversial ones...

-Jane Austen. Yeah I know, everyone loves her, but I read Northanger Abby and Emma for a school course... and it is just. so. dull. I'm sorry I just can't get behind her stuff. It's always about the most normal of relationships between people but not in a really personally insightful way like Charlotte Brontë, just in a really dull way. My mum agrees with me so there's that at least.

-Joseph Conrad. I tried to read the start of Heart of Darkness... dense, a bit dull and somewhat unintelligible is how I unfortunetely have to describe it. Though I have seen other people share similar thoughts before.

And that's all for my list, please tell me if you have one you would like to share if anyone actually cares about this era.
 

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If I'm not reading, I'm watching TV.

I have 13,000 books in my Calibre library.

I am currently trying to unload/sell all my "real" books. They take up one whole room. EBay here I come. If I don't sell them they will go to donations. It is against my religion to put a book in the trash bin. Sacrilegious.

I am reading all over the internet but my fav place now is downloading old diaries, books, stories, journals at archive . Org

That's all I do is read. No different than when I was a child.
 

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I am currently trying to unload/sell all my "real" books. They take up one whole room.
So you basically have a library. That is awesome. How great it is from a practical pov depends on how large your house is....

If I will have a spare room in my future home it will become a library I am sure of it.

EBay here I come. If I don't sell them they will go to donations. It is against my religion to put a book in the trash bin. Sacrilegious.
I love giving books to thrift stores and you will never ever see me throw away books. But. I did burn two study books of mine because they caused me great frustration & agony. And no I do not regret it. They were two of the most horrible books ever.
 

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I love reading! I haven't been reading as much as I used to for the past.... 10 years? though, partly because I get too absorbed when I read and completely loose track of time and then I don't do important things like make food or get enough sleep. When I was working early in the morning I had to not allow myself to read once I got home (I could read while walking home) or else I'd just keep going till past my bedtime without having any clue that so many hours were passing. Then I moved and for a while I didn't have access to all my books as they were stored elsewhere, and then I got married to someone who is much more of a doer and given my past with my mom I tend to feel really guilty if I'm sitting reading while someone else is being actively busy nearby so I was feeling like I wasn't really allowed to read. My husband loves listening to books on tape while he's being active, but when he just sits reading he always complains that he feels useless and sedentary, but I find I just can't properly take in books while trying to listen to them, so... yeah.... Then I had a baby and was spending a LOT of time just sitting holding her while she slept or nursed so I picked up reading on my phone since it's easy to hold with one hand. That got me into reading again, which I had really been missing. But, as she's become a toddler I've found less time to just sit and read because of the constant interruptions, or the need to not be totally unaware of what mischief a small person might be getting into. I'm hoping once she's better able to entertain herself without needing me to help get doll clothes on and make her animals stand up and clean up whatever she's accidentally spilled before she steps in it, etc. then I'll be able to get back into reading actual books. I do miss that.
 

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I have to join the club of "not reading as much as I would like to anymore". I think in part being busy, or to tired if not (which is a bit of an excuse, but it works, it is less effort to watch a tv series when feeling exhausted than to read a book), and then some restlessness on top of that. I do read some, but not as often devouring books like I used to, and very rarely read the bricks that I used to love to dig myself down in and live in for some time. But I love to read once I do, and try to vary what I read, but tend to stay away from detectivestories mostly, I am sure there are good ones, but there are so damn many of them... half the bookstores, we must have other things worth telling about as humans than murders, mustn't we?

Now I read News from nowhere (utopian, by a medievalnerdy, artist/architect/wallpapermaker, founder of one of the first socialist organisations) on my phone (so a chapter here and there, often on the bus), and have a few books lying around the room, rereading Aniara (future, poem, novel, ship floating uncontrollably out into empty space, the Mima robot that can receive sensory information, imagery and pieces of language from places far away, but unknown from where, the people dealing with their destiny), the first out of five books with HC Andersen fairy tales... recently finished a book called Hear how your heart beats in me, which might be put together from a blog, it sounds almost like something you might read here on the forum, but in a book, with pictures to go with it, and just one person. Then a bunch of others I have begun long ago and read a little in now and then, but forget and have to start over... It need to be the right time for each book. Can't read a book if not in the mood for that particular book. Right now I felt like reading some in Heart of Darkness after Adonnus mentioned it, it was some 15 years or so ago I read it, so wanted to see if I still liked it, and I do love the feeling it it, how it is written, feels like there are so many undercurrents, tensions, a moving feel to the language. I hated it at first too though(partly because the english was well above my level then), but it grew on me. (By the way, I find Jane Eyre fine, but the real star in the Brontë family is Emily, in my humble opinion :) )

I like to read forums too, sometimes I get weeks when I write a lot, like now, but often I mostly read. It is a bit like snippets of biographies in the making :) .

Non-fiction books is rare that I read, max one a year or so, but I read a lot on wikipedia, google around, and in the studies of course, or if I get some temporary interest I might even read some academic articles on the subject.
 

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I am definitely anticipating the moment I come across a good thriller. Just read my first mystery [that wasn't Encyclopedia Brown or the Boxcar Children], and really enjoyed it.
Well...It might not be very good, but I wrote a self-published psychological thriller, my second book, last year. I have some extra copies and I'd be happy to mail you a copy at my cost. I mean, you've always treated me well on these forums especially when I've been in vulnerable places (RE: my ex INFP) and needed authenticity and kind words during those storms.

If you want a copy, DM me.
 

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Well...It might not be very good, but I wrote a self-published psychological thriller, my second book, last year. I have some extra copies and I'd be happy to mail you a copy at my cost. I mean, you've always treated me well on these forums especially when I've been in vulnerable places (RE: my ex INFP) and needed authenticity and kind words during those storms.

If you want a copy, DM me.
Thank you for the offer. :proud:
 
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I love reading. Half of the memories I have as a child and in school are with books; the other half is taken up with music. I'm the kid who stays up reading through the nights, reading in class and ignoring lessons, reading on bright sunny days instead of being outdoors, reading and walking into poles, and as an adult reading at dinner tables, bars, picnics, travelling. Not in a car though. I carry books everywhere I go. Can't remember a time where the bedside is void of books. I've built a really good library and it's still growing. Can't get into e-books, they don't have the same tactile comfort that books bring. My job deals with books, narratives, and requires me to read more—dream come true. The consumption has slowed down though, and for a while I couldn't derive simple pleasure from reading because I was always reading in critical mode.

I love libraries but would always want to own the book rather than borrow. Books are also the least likely thing I'd loan to anyone because people never return your books to you.

Would you read all day if you could?
Yes. If I got into reading mode, I don't respond to texts or calls. Also will most likely cancel any meetings or dates, if possible.
 

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I prefer physical books as well. Most of my online reading are research studies that would be a horrible pain to print out. Haven't started to build my personal collection yet, so I amble through library aisles.
@Pizzafari : Visual novels are really neat, I would definitely count those!
@Im FiNe : Do you borrow from the library or buy your own books more?
I buy more books than I check out from the library. It helps that my sister usually gives me a Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas each year.
 
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I used to read a lot of books when I was much younger. For some reason I just stopped. Now I'm trying to get back into reading.

The beginning was difficult because I got distracted and impatient to finish it. Over time, I made myself concentrate and it is working.
 

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ohhhh the same thing happened to me! when i was a kid i would read for hours and hours on end - i DEVOURED books. i remember getting to the point at the local library where i would scour the bookshelves for books i hadn't read already. I would read anything - just for the sake of reading

the most incredible part was the ability of books to completely take me away - it's an incredible feeling when you're so deep in the story that you forget that the world around you exists. i live for that. i know a story is good if i feel disoriented after finishing it - if i have to blink a few times to recognize where i am

then i went to college and got diagnosed with ADHD XD long story short nowadays it's very difficult for me to read for long stretches of time, even if i'm super invested in what i'm reading. i've had to be super patient with myself bc i get frustrated...

i agree with what others in this thread have said - there's not as much time, it's harder to pay attention, etc. another thing is that i've found that my taste has changed dramatically. i have little patience for trite plots, stereotypical characters, or terrible prose - i know exactly what kind of story i like and have no reservations about closing a book (or turning off a movie/show) within the first few minutes, bc that's usually about how long it takes for me to know whether i'll like it or not.

i also second the endorsement of visual novels! vn's and indie games are really wonderful storytelling platforms if you have a short attention span - they usually involve lite puzzle solving aspects and a level of interactivity that is more engaging than simply reading words. they also tend to be more dialog-heavy, which means more character focus (yay!) they can also be visually stunning. for example, i recently finished night in the woods (which i HIGHLY recommend). the art style is super unique and it's soooo beautiful, as well as being an incredible story - at times painfully personal and at others cosmically horrifying. the soundtrack is also fantastic
 
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