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Required reading of boring books can be somewhat traumatic, no joke. You'll have to come to grips with your feelings about that over time.

There's different genres. Paperback romance, old classics, memoirs of famous people and biographies, instructional/educational, inspirational, poetry, graphic novels, self-help...

And life is often long; you may not want to read right now but in a few years it may have been long enough for you to want to try again.

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I read for enjoyment all the time, and have done so pretty much since I was capable of doing so. I would agree, though, that the reading programs in school left much to be desired in terms of providing books enjoyable to modern audiences - I generally got around it by bringing my own books from home. I do find nothing kills enjoyment of a book faster than being made to read one that doesn't interest you, and being required to over-analyse them as well just buries whatever might be left twitching.

Some of the factors that can affect your reading enjoyment include:

* How quickly you are able to scan and comprehend sentences - the faster you are, the more likely the story will 'flow' for you. This, barring specific mental or visual conditions, will get better and better the more you practice.

*The age of the novel - Some stories are timeless. A great deal of stories picked for novel reports are not. If the language requires you to first blow dust from the adjectives and pluck moths from the verbs, and ask worrying questions about what exactly a 'bustle' is, it probably isn't going to be much fun for you. Which leads into:

*Your vocabulary - Back in primary school, they introduced a general practice where if upon opening a book we encountered more than three words we did not know, we should put it back down and try another one. While vocabulary can be built via nutting out these words from context, juggling a novel in one hand and a dictionary in another is not the idea of a good time for most people.

*The subject-matter - I don't particularly enjoy period-dramas, so the works of Jane Austen do not light my fire (literally or figuratively). Seventeenth-century whaling practices don't thrill me, so I've never finished 'Moby Dick'. Nobody is making you read the 'classics', and indeed the term doesn't mean much beyond these are books people haven't forgotten about - it says nothing whatsoever about how enjoyable or accessible they are. Just about everything you can think of, whatever your interests, someone, somewhere has written about - it is just a matter of finding it. If you find a book boring......try a different one.

I realise most people who may pop into this thread are unlikely to actually read this post but eh, I felt like commenting anyway.

I think perhaps the most important thing to say is there is nothing wrong, as such, with not enjoying reading as a form of entertainment - stories are stories however they are told - but I do think it means you will miss out on quite a lot of really good tales; and even the full meaning behind stories presented in other forms of entertainment.
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i dont mind reading if the book is real interesting then i'll probably finish it, if not i'd probably drop it half way or something its a bad habit..


Yeah, i actually have the same habit of getting a little ways into things and then just dropping them completely, usually saying i'll get back around to it eventually but i know i'm lying to myself. I'll do the same thing with video games too. In fact the list of things i've only gotten halfway through is probably ten times longer than the list of anything i actually finished
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Also, audiobooks are a thing.
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i read the internet and otome games all the time

actually i do enjoye reading but its a lot easier to sit down and waste time on the internet than finding a quiet place to read.
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I like reading if the book is interesting...If I get bored in the middle though there's a high chance I wont finish it.
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I think perhaps the most important thing to say is there is nothing wrong, as such, with not enjoying reading as a form of entertainment - stories are stories however they are told - but I do think it means you will miss out on quite a lot of really good tales; and even the full meaning behind stories presented in other forms of entertainment.


Haha, you've analyzed reading down to a 'T' there.
Yeah i will admit that my biggest problem is just finding books that I will enjoy and i suppose the biggest part of it is that there are so many books out there, i mean the sheer volume of books that get published each year is exponential and all i ever end up seeing at the library or the book store are 100 copies of the same thing that just doesn't tickle my fancy. I feel as though i'm actively searching through the annals of the book catalog to find a dusty copy of some long forgotten book that was written just for me; and with all of my fruitless efforts thus far its just become so much easier to not bother looking and hope that the book just falls in my lap one day. None of the books that i found thoroughly enjoyable have come from the recommendation of someone else, they simply happened to catch my eye while scanning the crammed shelves at the bookstore, whether by the name or the art on the spine.

On another note, however, i have recently found myself enjoying various non-fiction books, even if i don't get to finish them. There's definitely a feeling of satisfaction when you learn something new from a book, same as the strange enjoyment people get from watching shows like 'How It's Made'
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I don't like reading myself. I was born in a visual era... meaning videos and cartoons were already vastly available... and i find books to be inferior to visual media, though others might disagree.

At the moment, I don't feel like reading anything at all... or even watching anything. I find that humans are very self-centred, they can't write a story that doesn't involve humans... or even worse, the super cheesy and overused theme, love.

Or if they write about humans; they like to depict humans as these superior creatures because we're able to feel "emotions" and 'love"... and I'm just like... "Being a human isn't that great". I was watching this Chinese movie about an immortal "demon" wanting to become human... so she can feel "pain"... and i'm just like.... how self-centred. I'm pretty sure if immortals were real, the last thing they'd want to be is a human being.


I get sick of reading about humans and love. I want to read a story that doesn't involve humans, or if they're animals... not animals that have human features like talking or being able to deceive others.
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I realise most people who may pop into this thread are unlikely to actually read this post but eh, I felt like commenting anyway.

I think perhaps the most important thing to say is there is nothing wrong, as such, with not enjoying reading as a form of entertainment - stories are stories however they are told - but I do think it means you will miss out on quite a lot of really good tales; and even the full meaning behind stories presented in other forms of entertainment.


I read it.

I agree with most of your points save perhaps two:

Vocabulary - Definitely true in ye olden ink-on-wood-pulp days, but I'm curious if this will continue to be the case with the rise of eBooks. Every eBook reader / application I've come across appears to have a built in dictionary, allowing you to instantly pull up the definition for any words you don't know. Definitely a far more seamless experience than fumbling about with the old ten-pound copy of Webster's.

Jane Austen - I shall convey your humblest apologies to Mr. Bingley that you shant be attending his social. You will indeed be missing out though.. Why I hear the eldest Bennet sisters will be in attendance and they are both comely and eligible...
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I love reading! One of my favorite things to do!
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As someone that's been working in a bookstore for nearly nine years, I find this whole AR reading thing and all the other required reading programs for kids in school to be absolutely ridiculous. I do think kids should be reading as they grow up, but I feel like it's more important to read something that sounds interesting than reading something that's at some predefined supposed level. I see a lot of kids getting discouraged every year too, because what they want to read is actually at a higher level than what they're 'supposed to read'. I find it fucking disappointing that it's like this. Why in the fucking world would people actually DISCOURAGE kids from reading? We're supposed to nurture them as they grow up...

I also think that reading the classics is important, but not necessarily for kids in school. Not for required reading through the school year. It's another thing that deters kids from actually loving reading - because when they grow up to bullshit like Scarlet Letter and (I'm gunna say it, not even caring!!) Shakespeare (gags), then how is that supposed to foster anyone loving how to read? It'd be better to get kids reading stuff in the teen fiction section, or things that are currently popular that they might enjoy more than outdated literature.

I was the sort of person growing up that hated almost everything that was assigned to me. It wasn't like it has been lately, I had already graduated long before they put all that other reading stuff into effect, but when I read all the classics in high school I hated it. I loved reading when I was really young, because I read a lot of adventure stuff and found it cool. The classics bored me and I thought during those years of my life that if that's what I had to look forward to with 'adult literature', then I'm no longer interested. I was really lucky that I was hired at a bookstore for my first job, because I got to know a lot more authors and all the categories that existed, and I really fell in love with fantasy and science fiction. Now I can't stop reading - I read a couple hours a night at the least.

And I'm of the absolute die hard opinion that there isn't a single person on the planet that hates all reading. You just have to find the genre you love, that's all. Try a bunch of things. And just because there are some from that genre that you don't like, it doesn't mean you hate all of it. There's tons of sci fi and fantasy that I couldn't even get through the first few chapters to, but there's a great deal more that I fell in love with and wish they could continue forever.
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I only enjoy it when I'm not forced to read it or analyze it like in education and sorts. But other than that yeah its pretty chill.
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I don't like reading myself. I was born in a visual era... meaning videos and cartoons were already vastly available... and i find books to be inferior to visual media, though others might disagree.

At the moment, I don't feel like reading anything at all... or even watching anything. I find that humans are very self-centred, they can't write a story that doesn't involve humans... or even worse, the super cheesy and overused theme, love.

Or if they write about humans; they like to depict humans as these superior creatures because we're able to feel "emotions" and 'love"... and I'm just like... "Being a human isn't that great". I was watching this Chinese movie about an immortal "demon" wanting to become human... so she can feel "pain"... and i'm just like.... how self-centred. I'm pretty sure if immortals were real, the last thing they'd want to be is a human being.


I get sick of reading about humans and love. I want to read a story that doesn't involve humans, or if they're animals... not animals that have human features like talking or being able to deceive others.


Try Joel Shepherd's sci fi series, starts out with Crossover. It's about androids fighting for rights and it's completely against humanity. Actually, there's a lot of science fiction that isn't necessarily from humanity's point of view, or depicts humanity as an obviously inferior species compared to a lot of the vastly superior species across the galaxy - with the species being anything from our knowledge of animals to things that have to be fully described to be understood. On top of that one of the best things about science fiction is that a lot of them DON'T actually have love story plots. I hate that shit too.
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Voracious reader for over 50 years.
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Finally someone gets the struggle i just cant help it, there are those miraculous days where im super motivated to do everything and anything.. weird..
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