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April 04, 2011

On not reading the way I used to

I was a bookworm in my younger years. I was one of those kids that stayed awake way past his bedtime, flashlight under the covers, finishing a book even if it meant staying up til 3 or 4am in the morning and being groggy the next day. Key thought: I always finished the books that I started and I didn't usually read more than one book at a time. That' why this quote really resonated with me:

I don’t read like I used to—although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I rarely finish books. I’ve always had a habit of abandoning novels 50-100 pages before the end. I don’t know why, I’ve always done that. I think I’m doing it more and I don’t mind because I think my critical senses have improved and by eradicating book guilt I’ve reached a point where I am happy to cast things aside. I read 5, 10 books at once. I read them on paper and electronically as the mood takes me.

James Bridle - Stop Lying

James says he reads 5 or 10 books at once. Thinking about it, I know that I have at least 10-20 hardcopy books floating about that I've started reading and pick up when the mood strikes. Having a Kindle has just increased the total number of titles that I'm reading at once. These are just some of the books that I've been reading digitally for the last 2 years.

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Do you have the same situation? Do you think it's a relatively positive or negative thing?

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