I myself have preferences. The last book I read in completion on my own will was back when I was 12 (so, almost 7 years ago). That said, I did thoroughly enjoy some required reading, such as Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, and anything by Shakespeare (mostly because of his way with words--I'm something of a language nut). Today, I'm reading through the Hobbit because I'm finding myself greatly invested in Tolkien's lore.
Overall, though? I hate reading books as well.
I still love reading, though, as evidenced by the fact that part of my morning routine is reading the most recent offerings of Cracked.com. Also, I love reading about tropes. Do you love reading about tropes? If not, then I'm sorry to sound like the person you vilify in your post, but you aren't human.
Meh, nothing wrong with you if you don't like reading. It's not something you can be criticized for. I know plenty of people who also hate reading, not just novels, but reading in general. I personally love reading, I've read books for eight hours straight more then once. Different for everyone.
I really used to love reading as a kid, but now I've gotten older, I find I just don't read literature anymore. I read the news and everything, but I find it hard to be motivated to trawl through good looking books and sitting down and reading them.
My solution for getting into reading was NOT reading for class, because Romanian Literature is not a good way to start a reading perspective. It has an overall pessimistic feel to it, everything needs drama and has to end tragically and no one needs to love for love, only for interest.
A book will push you forward to read if you have the determination to do so, but most importantly if it is well written and up to your intellectual standard. Seeing as your standards are high, I would suggest something both engaging and alert... But I am a classics reader so I can't actually give pointers on that one.
This is interesting. Because it varies. Some people say that people who do not read are stupid. The same with some people saying that people who cannot spell are stupid. No, they are not. Some are. But not all.
Exactly. I read plenty of stuff for class, and I read things online a lot. News, articles about engineering, etc... just never novels. Not reading novels hasn't negatively impacted my grades or my creativity, so I don't really see why people get on my case when I say I don't find it fun.
Eh, I know plenty of people who don't read for fun. But I've always loved reading, and that 'reading comprehension' kind of stuff I learned from it has easily been one of my biggest advantages in just about everything. It got me through everything in school because Lord knows I didn't pay attention in class, but I could cram info from the books. Finding new jobs and learning the skills quickly.. sounding professional in correspondence.. it's just really useful.
I'd have to disagree. Books are a little window to another world, nearly always a world more interesting than this one. I honestly couldn't go through the day without a little dose of fantasy, a little escapism. I read very quickly, so 600 pages is no problem, in fact, that's a good thing as it means the book will last me more than a day or two.
do you really need to describe every rock and tree to the last detail?
Honestly, I consider these overly descriptive books to be just bad. Good authors rarely do that and it seems like you've simply been reading the wrong books.
Reading keeps my brain busy because I have to make up for the lack of a direct visual element through the power of my imagination. Watching movies on the other hand usually bores me quickly unless it really has a captivating element and/or quick pacing. Video games tend to not bore me because I interact with them and thus have to work my neurons as well.
Honestly, I almost never read novels anymore, either.
I do still read books quite often, though. I'm always reading some short story, essay, or nonfiction book. It's just the novels that can't hold my attention. I'm currently reading through an anthology of short fiction from non-western cultures.
Speaking of math vs. reading, I have a downright obscene number of mathematics books in my collection.
Blackrosekane89Featured By OwnerJan 31, 2013Professional General Artist
Omg I feel your pain. I feel broken. Friends and people I know who are like me and share my interests love to read. And the funny thing is, there are a few key books I really enjoy, but it takes me forever to actually commit to it.
I was a huge bookworm as a kid. I was constantly reading. I would get in trouble for reading in class because I just couldn't put books down until I finished them. My spelling was better when I was 12 than it is now, and I'm still a pretty good speller. Then suddenly I just stopped reading novels altogether. It became hard for me to concentrate while reading. I frequently zone out and the words stop committing to memory, then I'll realize that I have no idea what I read in the last paragraph and I have to start over.
This totally happens to me with long texts. o_o Sometimes an author will use a ridiculous word that seems totally out of place, and I'll start thinking about that one word and realize I have no idea what the paragraph just said.
I don't necessarily hate people who hate reading, it just may that they're not that exposed to many great novels or pieces of literature. Some of them can even be a bit unimaginative and hate to read and having to put together the picture of what's being said and happening.
I love reading though. Taught myself to read by reading those old dusty encyclopedias lying around the house when I was very young. Also by going to the library. I don't think kids these days know what a library is anymore.
Oh, and for math. Ugh, I'm super dumb at it. I value math just as much as reading but I just wish I an just download it to my brain.
When I was 8 years old, I asked for (and received) an animal encyclopedia. I'm not talking about piddly children's encyclopedia, I'm talking about a book that's bigger than the average piece of printer paper, and 4 inches thick. I read it so much that it fell apart.
I won't force books on you, but you can bet I cringe when people tell me they don't like reading. Then again, I have it hardwired into my brain to dislike those who immediately associate reading with 'nerds'. Sorry that I enjoy being able to craft my own mental image rather than relying on a movie screen or a stage to show me what happened in the story, and feel disappointed that someone is missing out.
I don't understand this whole 'reading is time consuming' thing.
If you're watching a movie or whatever, you're basically forced to sit down and watch for the whole thing. Okay, sure, maybe you can watch an hour here, and an hour there, but watching it like that isn't as rewarding. You definitely can't watch five minutes here or five minutes there.
However, you can with a book. You can read a book in those five minutes waiting at a station. You can read while you're waiting for your lecturer to walk in.
When you're watching a movie, you're forced to watch it at the pace that the movie makers decided. If they want one scene to drag on, it will. If they want a scene to go past fast, it has to.
but with a book, you can read it at your pace. You can slow down the scenes you like, speed up the ones you don't.