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I don't like to read

:iconisawadeertoday:
ISawADeerToday Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I don’t like to read.

*gasp!* You might say. Or rather, “You uncultured, idiot, how can you say that?”
But it’s the truth. Reading is boring as hell.

Let me clarify though—reading books is boring. I enjoy reading things like the news and forums. In my lit class, I really liked reading short stories and argumentative essays. Put a novel in my hand, though, and I fall asleep. Just the thought of sitting there for hours reading something so long is absolutely dreadful to me.

When I’m reading a novel, I just don’t feel like I’m accomplishing anything. I love engineering because my homework mainly consists of working out problems. Our reading assignments are important, yes, but we put emphasis on practice problems and projects. It’s fun because I’m actually actively doing or creating something.

And that brings up my next point. Compare:

“Ugh I hate math, it’s so hard and boring! Why would anyone do this?”
-“I know right? Math suuuuucks!”

“I hate reading, it’s so time-consuming and boring. Why does anyone like this?”
-“How can you not like reading? Reading is good for you!! You can’t live without it.”

Well to you people I say, math is the greatest thing ever. Differential equations? YES PLEASE. Why is it ok to hate on one subject but not the other, huh? This attitude seriously pisses me off. I should smack you with my calculus textbook. And believe me, that thing is heavy.

Some stupid things people have told me:

“You have to read for fun outside of class. It makes you smart, worldly, and better at writing.”
Me: I don’t read for fun outside of assignments I’m forced to complete, and I consistently get higher grades on essays and on literature exams than anyone else in the class. So clearly, not reading for fun has not been a detriment to my learning. I also read the news, so that’s enough worldliness for me.

“You just haven’t found a book that you like.”
Me: I have. I swear to god Harry Potter is the only book that has ever kept my attention. After about 4th grade, I haven’t really ever read any other books for fun.

Authors either bore me (do you really need to describe every rock and tree to the last detail?), piss me off (because they make their characters do stupid things), or the book is 600 pages long, and I want to know what happens NOW.

One final reason I don’t read for fun: I read enough stuff for class as it is. “I’m tired after reading this thermodynamics chapter… how should I relax? OH I SHOULD GO READ SOME MORE! /derp”… HELL NO.

tl;dr: I have to read a play for my literature class. It’s midnight, I have 20 pages left, and I can’t bring myself to do it. Who else hates reading?
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Sapphire-Ashesx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I want to read books but I don't have a good enough attention span. :saddummy:
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h-irsch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't care for reading but from some reason, I really like history. Much more then math and science actually.
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UltimateRidley Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fiction generally bores me, but there are some books on history that engage me. I mostly prefer short articles of a scientific nature.
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I wish I was good at math! :dummy:
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Camera-wielding-fool Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
there are literally millions of books and you say only one series has kept your attention
you're not exactly trying
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Abrigedfoamy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
you just need to read a book about how reading books is bad for you
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BlackestFox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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.
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RandomRobskii Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
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.
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ISawADeerToday Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
That's sort of how I feel. Except I started reading less literature (outside assignments) in middle/high school. I just had so many hobbies and clubs that I considered to be much more fun.
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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saints-fan-12 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love reading, once I wanted to read one of my mom's books but she wouldn't let me, for reasons you may know. But try reading Mary Higgins Clark.
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
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.
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ISawADeerToday Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
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.
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ensoul Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
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.
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Kinrift Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I like reading, but generally only fantasy and sci-fi.
Because science is awesome.
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ISawADeerToday Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I read a little Asimov as a kid, but they made me read so much for English class anyway, that I never finished any series. Sci-fi is cool though.
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TheAwesomeFaerie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
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.
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nonecansee Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Depends on what I'm reading.

If I'm required to read something, it suddenly becomes boring. When I do read out of free will, I can't put it down. :D
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sirAnGer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is why I quit literature studies.
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sirAnGer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
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.

Again... you just need to find the right book.
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CrimeRoyale Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional
Well... if you like Harry Potter, then clearly, there are books out there you will like. We'll gladly make recommendations.

My thing was I used to hate reading because I believed all books were like required school reading. Then around middle school, I discovered- holy crap- there are books out there for stuff I can like!

Now I'm a fairly regular, healthy reader.
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PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love reading and frankly it's still not for everyone (also eventually I got around to liking nonfiction more than fiction) :P Have you ever tried audiobooks, though?
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ISawADeerToday Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Don't audiobooks have horrid voice acting? :c
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Try to find what Stephen Fry has read as audiobooks and get THOSE!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends. Audiobooks are hard for me so I've only ever tried one, but I know some people love them.
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HtimsNayr Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
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.
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Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional 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 like to none fiction better weirdly enough.
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cake-fiend Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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ISawADeerToday Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
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.
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KorukiKonaru Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
That happens with me too, that last sentence. I just put it down to my limited attention span.
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divine--apathia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
that doesn't sound healthy. :O Sudden memory and concentration changes aren't normal.
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cake-fiend Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I know, there may very well be something wrong with me. I've never had much luck with doctors diagnosing my problems though.
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divine--apathia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Me neither. Unless I'm dying or my family forces me to go, I don't go to doctors anymore.


A lot of the times when I explain my problems I don't think they believe me.
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Pinkmitten Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
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. :stare:
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divine--apathia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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. :lol:
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Pinkmitten Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Same here, even though the words were very hard to pronounce and understand, I loved challenging myself. My english teachers of my grade school loved me. :icondivaplz:
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I could just make fun of your lack of intellectual capability, but instead I think I'll do something a bit more fun:

[link]

:iconreadabookplz:

HOW is that NOT a plz?!
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tacosteev Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
That music video is awesome
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KrazehKittehKat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But that NEEDS to be a plz! D:
We're doomed otherwise!
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opiumrooster Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
that sucks because there are some books out there that are worth reading. kinda like how there's music worth listening to if you don't like music. but meh.
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KrazehKittehKat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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Koyukuk Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
I can read rather swiftly. I can finish a 200+ page novel in one day if I wanted to. Again, only if I wanted to. :B If something interests me, I will read it. If it doesn't, fuck it.
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ISawADeerToday Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Dear god, that's like a superpower. o_o; Can I borrow it??

My English major friend showed me all these ridiculous 800 page anthologies she's read, and she's like, "yeah, I'll read like 100 pages a day for homework no problem." And I'm like :faint:
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Koyukuk Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
Okies. She must have really enjoyed them.
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monkeydoodles Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
You know you're allowed to have some downtime. You don't have to spend every minute of every day accomplishing things.
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ISawADeerToday Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I'm in engineering, what is this downtime you speak of? :lol:
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monkeydoodles Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
So is my uncle, and he has downtime.
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divine--apathia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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.
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