I'm in an enforced break while I wait for Jim Butcher's latest book to arrive (as I don't want to be part-way through a book when the new one arrives), and I'm starting to get twitchy. So what is your usual book-reading habit?
Although now, it's on a kindle. Sometimes I only get a couple of pages read, but I do make an effort to read daily. I also subscribe to two e-magazines on the kindle and I'll often read a single article if I don't have much time.
...although, I used to be totally addicted to reading. I came from a family who couldn't go to the bathroom, take a bath, or eat breakfast without something to read.
I used to prowl all night grocery stores for something to read.
I would fall asleep with a book next to me the bed.
I read constantly.
Then I didn't.
I'm not really sure what changed except I think I had kids. I would get very, very engrossed in a book and exclude the real world while I read and I couldn't do that with kids. And I think I just never found another process for reading.
I was reading to my kids by that point and then I got a job reading books to kids. So I was still 'reading books'. Once the kids grew up and my job was eliminated, I never shifted back to obsessive adult book reading.
I did continue to read on vacations. I read all the HP books on vacation except for DH. I couldn't risk being spoiled and read it immediately.
When I picked up LOTR for the first time in 30 years in summer of 2002, it was the first time I spent that kind of time with a book for 15 years or so. For many reasons, it was a life altering experience for me to pick those books up again and read them obsessively like the good old days.
Since then, I have read a few books now and then while not on vacation. But nothing close to the frequency as before. I listen to a fair number of audio books in the car.
I did get the first two Butcher books for Christmas last year and found the fourth at the thrift store. I'm hoping someone will get me the third for Christmas this year. :-)
The evidence is scattered around the house. Bedroom, dining room, office, kitchen, living room--every room except the bathroom has a book or two left in it at all times. But now that I have a Kindle, it just migrates from room to room wherever I happen to be.
For some, it is their sex life, for others, their reading life! Who knows, I might have been an academic if it were not for these pesky kids! But after twelve tiring years, my poor brain can oftentimes handle nothing more complicated than "Goodnight, Moon".
see, now... I was thinking how I wouldn't like that factor of Kindling
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I like having different things in different places. And each place has it's reading material. I was thinking that I could have all that on a kindle but I like pick up and putting down each item in its own spot. It's a tactile/physical pleasure.
HEY.. Elijah's on TV with weird hair. He's talking about cod. And bass. Bass got sass. Trout. Brittle nosed catfish. Top five fish of 2012. Only I didn't catch what was in the #5 spot.
Even though I don't read as much as I used to, I still read some almost every day. I don't have the chance to browse bookstores much lately, and I don't enjoy browsing for e-books even though I don't mind reading them, so unless I know exactly what I want, I rarely find anything new to read. I usually end up re-reading old favorites or reading something I bought a long time ago but never got around to. I love reading, but I'm very picky - story, character, tone, and writing style all have to come together in just the right way or else it's a no-go.
The Joy of Living by Tongey Mingyur Rinpoche (sp?) ? If not, I'd like to know what it is, if you wouldn't mind sharing. I got a lot out of The Joy of Living and would love another book on the topic. It was interesting from a purely scientific, philosophical point of view, but it was also very helpful during a difficult time in my life. I actually need to re-read Joy of Living; the good practices and positive attitude I gained from reading it the first time could use a booster shot.
Since the past 3 or 4 years I read frequently on a regular basis but when I started learning English about 2 years ago, I started to read everyday to improve as much as I can. I've kept this habbit ever since. I look for every possible moment in a day when I can keep reading a book in english form LOTR to Harry Potter to other Epic fantasy series. I think it's really nice to be able to read book in two languages (French and English) and somewhat that make me even more enjoying reading.
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Wow! You only started learning English two years ago and you are already able to read LOTR? I'm very slowly working my way through Harry Potter y la camara secreta to practice my Spanish. (I've looked for Harry Potter in French, but it's hard to find, where as Spanish is, of course, much easier to find in the US. I know more French than Spanish, but that's not saying much It's been a while since I studied either of them.) Anyway, Spanish Harry Potter is easier than Spanish LOTR, but maybe one day I'll be up to the challenge. You've inspired me.
I've read The Hobbit before LOTR and The Silm ( Unfinished Tales , CoH ect.) so there has been so kind of progression for book to book. I was becoming increasingly familiar with the style of this very strong english. It was no easy task though, especially with Fellowship Of The Ring. I simply cannot remember how much time I've used my old English-French dictionnary. Sometimes you have to read 3 or 4 time the same passage to really get the meaning of it. Anyway, don't give up! Even if you think you're not up to the challenge, the story is so good, the style of Tolkien so great that it keeps you going through the page with your dictionnary as a friend.
As for Harry Potter in French, have you tried Amazon.ca? You can purchase books on their Canadian website from the US. It should not cost too much in shipping. They have many titles in French including the HP series.
Spanish that seems a challenge as well! It sounds like a very interesting language to learn. I've a liking for Deutsch even though I speak it (and undertsand it) not at all.
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I used to devour books all throughout elementary, middle, and high school. But then college started and completely put a damper on that. I now read whenever I get the chance, and generally only for a book that really catches my attention.
I'd probably read most of the time, but I also need to share time with my other interests, plus writing can be exhausting to the mind (when it comes to words and imagination), and I do that a lot, especially as of late.
If I'm eating, waiting for an appt, walking on the treadmill at the gym, or anytime my mind is not occupied otherwise, I'm reading. In fact, if there is downtime and I don't have a book to read, I consider it time wasted. ^_^
I used to be a voracious reader-- classics, biographies, modern novels and more light-hearted fare. But it's been years since i've read regularly. I'm hoping this dry/lazy spell passes soon, because i do miss it. I used to see a lot more films than i do now, too. Seems my attention span has waned as i've gotten older...