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Posted 9/5/15
I had reading spells throughout my middle school and high school days where I read a couple books, it's quite enjoyable if you like whatever the book your reading is about. You can't really force enthusiasm to read something you loath, if you do it probably won't last long. Right now I tend to read on a whim till I find myself getting disinterested and then I put the book down.
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I love reading, but nowadays I just don't have time to sit down and read anymore. Especially with school.
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Honestly, I love to read. But I had the same kind of questions about whether or not people enjoyed reading for a while. To get an answer, I had to discuss it with people who also loved to read, or just hated reading, and find out what kind of mental experience they were getting out of it.

Basically, what it boils down to as far as I have found, is your reading level. I know this sounds a little cut and dry, but it is true. If a book challenges your ability to read it, it engages your brain. This is very important. The way the brain functions when learning new material is extremely interesting and complicated, but to put it simply, the more engaged your brain is in an activity, the more you will get out of that activity. If you read books that are challenging to read, that match your level of comprehension, your brain will be more active. However, just because your brain is more active doesn't mean its exerting all its power on the reading itself. Rather, you will start to "think" about what you are reading, while you are reading it, without actively trying to do so. If you are not choosing what to think, you won't be thinking that it is boring. This is true of all things. If you are thinking about any activity without trying to do so, then you are engaged in it, whether it is a sport, joking around with friends, watching a movie, anime ( ;D ) or any other activity.

"True Reading" is a phenomenon that occurs when your brain is actively engaged in reading, rather than being made to do so. It puts you in a state where you no longer realize you are reading unless something "wakes" you from that state (a person, hunger, etc). As soon as you lose the ability to distinguish that you are engaged in any activity and it overtakes you, that is when you get the most enjoyment out of it (climax of a movie, plot twist in an anime, etc). Reading is a convenient medium to put you in that mental state simply because it requires no other people, and no electricity. If you have to tell yourself that you are enjoying something, then you actually have doubts about that thing. True enjoyment comes from not realizing you are partaking in something- reading included.
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Posted 9/5/15
Depend on what you read. Forced reading is never a pleasure.

I personally prefer physical copies over digital ones.
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Posted 9/5/15

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"True Reading" is a phenomenon that occurs when your brain is actively engaged in reading, rather than being made to do so. It puts you in a state where you no longer realize you are reading unless something "wakes" you from that state (a person, hunger, etc). As soon as you lose the ability to distinguish that you are engaged in any activity and it overtakes you, that is when you get the most enjoyment out of it (climax of a movie, plot twist in an anime, etc). Reading is a convenient medium to put you in that mental state simply because it requires no other people, and no electricity. If you have to tell yourself that you are enjoying something, then you actually have doubts about that thing. True enjoyment comes from not realizing you are partaking in something- reading included.


Ya'know, this is actually pretty true now that i think about it. I tend to get bored with books that have the same exact sentence structure throughout any given chapter. Sure it can work to an effect, but only if you do it right. Like with a lot of classic books that I have tried to read but never finished, i'm pretty sure the most boring part of those books is the fact that every single sentence is being sung on the same note. Very monotone and bland no matter how complex the author cares to spin their sentence: if you can understand the words that are being used, then everything is cut and dry. Too much exposition can be a bad thing as well and in a similar way. It leaves very little to the imagination and the story just feels a lot less colorful despite all the detail that has been drawn into the world.

And the whole true reading thing is always that feeling i'm looking for in a book. I've only found it a handful of times but when i'm reading those stories all of my senses are engaged somewhere beyond the real world and into the world of the story i'm reading. I hardly realize that what i'm actually doing is just reading text on a page. And i think that's why i enjoy writing things more than i enjoy reading thing, because i'm so focused on everything that's happening in my head that i won't actually realize what all i have written down.
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Posted 9/5/15
I read a lot. I really enjoy reading, always have. I was never forced to read I just did. Granted I have never finished a assigned book at school because they are boring. Like who wants to read all those lame books, glad I finally hit high-school, I am told I finally get to read good books. But yeah, ever since I was like 8 I read super advanced things to the point that at 10 I read "A Tale of Two Cities" and this year I read about 50% of Poe's literature. I actually could not live without reading. Though I do find newer fiction to generally be a bore, they dont grab me the same way most classic books do.
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Posted 9/5/15
I enjoy reading if I feel like I'm getting something out of it. The idea of reading for the sake of reading feels ehhhh.
my definition of "Something" is really broad though. It could be anything from "Studying pop culture" to "letting my mind rest" or even "slightly reducing the size of my pile of unread books" -coughItBeing2amAndCravingFanficPorncough- and recently "practicing a second language".

But in general I feel like our generation reads more than any other. I mean how many people "hate reading" but spend time on Forums, Facebook, texting, blogging, and things. If you are like me and consider books to be conversations with the author, then there's really very little difference between this and book reading.
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Posted 9/5/15
I love to read books. Reading in general is good but the feel and smell
of a book in hand, turning the pages... Can't get that from electronics.
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I must agree that the experience of reading paper books is irreplaceable. I tried to read on an early tablet and I couldn't do it. It's not the same. After reading thousands and thousands of books, reading from a tablet made my eyes tired and my head hurt. I stopped after about 20 minutes.

I guess it's convenient if you want to store a ton of information in a portable device, but nobody I know of puts all that to good use. I bring paper copies out when I want to read. I always finish one book before starting another, so being able to access any book I want at a moment's notice isn't an issue for me.
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Posted 9/5/15
I hated reading books when I until I was around 13. I used to avoid reading in general, and the times I was forced to read like novel studies, I just summarized what the blurb in the back cover said, and randomly read a few small portions of the book. That easily got me an A or a B if I really missed the mark lol. Most of the time it didn't, and the chances of my teacher ever finding out was zero.

Eventually I began to like reading more specifically in my teen years. I read a lot of books during those 3 years for leisure, then in my last year of high school I stopped completely, and when I entered university, I also stopped. I don't mind reading now, and I do find it enjoyable, but atm, I really stopped doing it for leisure.
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Posted 9/5/15
If I enjoy what I'm reading, I enjoy reading. That goes for books, websites, newspapers - pretty much anything.

As long as you're intrested enough to enjoy a book, it doest count for something - your enjoyment.
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Posted 9/5/15

qualeshia3 wrote:

I CAN'T VISUALIZE WHEN I READ!!!


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I can't read for pleasure anymore unless it's a manga/comic book.
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Posted 9/5/15
I do enjoy reading......if the book im reading is interesting enough.
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Posted 9/5/15

cyberfaust wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

I CAN'T VISUALIZE WHEN I READ!!!


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I can't read for pleasure anymore unless it's a manga/comic book.


I rather write than read anyways.
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Posted 9/5/15
Yes, reading is awesome but reading on a tablet or pc feels really weird... but hey, can't stay away from those light novel translations!
Posted 9/5/15
It depends on what the book is about.

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