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Apr. 20th, 2005

Poll #478688 How Do You Read?

How do you view the act of reading?

Something to pass the time. It can be done anywhere.
Something to do alone when I have nothing else to do.
Something to look forward to and prepare for with a special reading spot or ceremony like tea.
Reading is hard for me, and takes equipment like dictionaries or pen and paper.
I don't read for pleasure.

How many books to you read per month?

Mean: 5.21 Median: 5.5 Std. Dev 3.86

Complete this sentence: "My favorite kinds of books are the ones that..."


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Apr. 20th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
On the first question, my answer is #1-3, because I view reading as all three.
Apr. 20th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Now see, this doesn't even cover my own attitude to reading, which is something like:
A sacred, joyful duty, more important than sleep or food, and grudgingly interrupted for things like work and socializing.

Only ten books per month? Does that include re-reading a book? If so, the top answer was woefully short of my 20-book-a-month-habit.
Apr. 20th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
How do you begin to have the time? I count my smeedly one book as a victory, because to read that one book I usually end up having to short something else. Of course, if I counted audio books (2 per month) and short fiction (at least 10 per month) into the mix, that's a lot higher, but I find that I get so caught up in content *creation* that I don't read as much as a lot of people.

And I am at work far too much. But that's my own fault.
Apr. 20th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't get away with it. I short myself on sleep routinely, and regularly crash for a full weekend to catch up with the deficit (roughly once a quarter).

It'd be worse by far if I got paid enough to be able to buy new books at the rate at which I could read them. I'd never be able to hold a job.

Apr. 20th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
Okay, so maybe I should have asked what kinds of books people read. Only one person really specified. For me to be reading hardcopy instead of listening to audio, it's usually either one of my favorite few authors, or it's a religious text, because I mark those up like crazy. I can't just blow through religious material because for me, it's always study.
Apr. 20th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh! I see.
Well I personally tend to do space-opera. A lot.
But some of that is because I know that I'll be rewarded with something I like, even if the book sucks (which it rarely does because I'm picky about my authors, too).
Apr. 21st, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
I'm a little bit more with the "sacred duty" opinion myself. I'm actually not entirely sure how many books I read a month, because it varies, and includes rereads. I tried keeping a reading journal for a while, if for no other reason than to record titles, but I haven't been good at keeping it up.

You mentioned in comments what kind of books: horror, mystery with a darker flavor, some urban fantasy and a smattering of other types of ficton. I don't read nearly as much non-fiction as I'd like, particularly history.
Apr. 21st, 2005 06:32 am (UTC)
I read when I can slow down my mind enough to read. This happens less and less then I like. If I try to force myself to read I do not retain a word. I need to be in the right mindset. It has been a while since I have been able to force myself into that mindset.
Apr. 21st, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
Man, I really didn't mean to be pretentious by sounding more idealist than most people on the third question.

As a matter of personal philosophy, when I get past basic goals like comfort/pleasure/fun, I tend to leap to wanting to learn how and why everything works the way it does. I guess in writing, this frusturates me as someone who's new to writing fiction, because I set rather high standards for what I expect fiction to do.
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