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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.


Good points.

I have a family friend who disapproves of reading fiction. What she didn't understand was that I got the bare bones of English grammar from school text books but I learnt how to be extremely fluent from reading fiction. That showed me language and grammar in practice, it also showed me where some authors danced at the edge of those rules. I saw language in full action. I saw the language change over the years. Some outright broke the rules to prove a point. I was able to be aware that they had done so not out of ignorance or lack of education but they had done so because they did know their language and grammar. I got the full meat of word definitions just from reading fiction. Just having having a dictionary around on it's own would have been almost useless to me. This is why when I did English is school, I never saw it as work. It was something I could do without effort.

When I wanted to know about the physical world around me that's when I would get out the factual reading books.

When I'm most engaged in a book, there are no meal times and I won't sleep until I'm done with my reading. I even had a few embarrassing lunch times when I was 9 and moved to a school with their own dedicated library. I had skipped lunch just to read.

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I absolutely luv reading as well as writing
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I love reading, and used to spend a LOT of time on it. Unfortunately, for several years now, I have been unable to read and remain alert (I practically fall asleep). So I will read 10 pages and no know what the general point was, much less the details. If anyone has ideas on how to fix this, I would be very grateful.
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It depends for me. In general, I love reading, but only when I want to read. I like modern novels and 1800s-1900s novels. Although I don't read everyday, I read whenever I can find books. I'm currently taking AP English and obviously we have to read. However it takes away my enjoyment to read due to the fact that we have to read the novel in order write essays and to prep for the exam.
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serenity_midnight wrote: I absolutely luv reading as well as writing


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I honestly love reading.

... Unfortunately, I have issues finding
literature I enjoy. I have a Stephen King fanatic
for a mother, and I dislike his writing style, so
I can't exactly borrow from her. My sisters interests are... esoteric, to say the least.
And very few people I know are into reading actual books, preferring either
comics or Fan Fiction.

I don't tend to like the best-seller novels, either.


When in doubt, though, I tend to find a lot of
classical literature I enjoy. I'm working on The Divine Comedy
right now.
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I started reading books when i was still in elementary and acquired tons of books which i hold very dear to my heart, so imagine my sadness when i had to leave all my books behind when i had to move to another country.
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If I find the right book, I have a lot of fun reading it.
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violentkimchii wrote:

I started reading books when i was still in elementary and acquired tons of books which i hold very dear to my heart, so imagine my sadness when i had to leave all my books behind when i had to move to another country.


I had to do that too. I only packed 5 books to go with me, one a classic fiction book and the others were for studies. Grandfather decided to review my packing and removed the books. I somehow managed to get the fiction book back.

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I'm so envious of you people.
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I dont like reading at all. I only read because I have to if its for school. But besides that i dont read on my free time. If only reading wouldnt take so long i'd probably enjoy it.
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serenity_midnight wrote: I absolutely luv reading as well as writing



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I read text books for fun.
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My SO actually got me into reading again this year. I don't think it should have such a negative rep honestly. It's fun to visualize in your head.
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I like reading because it gives you more control than watching something.
Imagine things as I want them rather than how they actually are.
If I really don't like what happening, I can go faster or stop.
Or there's something I really like, slow down.
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