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post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post
It seems we do share some reading/viewing habits. I NEVER watch tv (its not even functional) and haven't for yrs but on the other hand I see a lot of movies. I also routinely have a couple of books going at once, alternating between fiction, non-fiction (I could argue the diff between fiction and n-f are only a matter of degree) and art books. Right now I'm reading a series of novels by Delacorta (I guess thrillers but with a strong epicurean bent), a book on philosophy (aesthetics) and a couple of art books (surrealism, contemporary design, photography by Chris Marker, Dührer). Judging by comparison (school, etc) I'd say I read exceptionally fast but don't really practice special reading techniques. I will also re-read stuff and take my time when I feel like it. When George Bataille tries to tell me that sacrifice is at the core of "the celebration" which stands as an affirmation of discontinuity I tend to re-read the fucking chapter because I'm not cocky enough to think he's easily understandable with a quick glance.

When I was a kid I had this extreme fascination with reading where I'd spend days doing that it all time (say 16 hrs/day) and wouldn't stop if my parents didn't enforce some kind of rule. I'd go through everything, from comics to Umberto Eco.

I was going to say I prefer it when I can't tell the difference between fiction and non-fiction, but you kind of beat me to it.

I seem to go for the same reading/entertainment pattern. No tv, movies when I can, and multiple books almost always. At times I've had a philosophy book assigned by school, another philosophy book I'm much more interested in personally, an unrelated non-fiction book (mythology, quantum physics, history, etc.), and a novel for entertainment and escape.

I was a fairly active little kid and didn't just sit in a corner with my books all the time, but I know there were plenty of days that I kept myself absorbed in reading for up to 16 hours too. Those were the days...
post #17 of 24
It really varies for me. Lately I've been reading some fiction sprinkled with some non-fiction. When I'm at school, I tend to delve into books related to British/Irish history because that is my primary focus of study. Also read a lot of political analysis since that's another interest of mine. When I was in 9th and 10th grade, I probably read 30-40 books a year. Recently, it's been a lot lower. Probably 20.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post
It seems we do share some reading/viewing habits. I NEVER watch tv (its not even functional) and haven't for yrs but on the other hand I see a lot of movies. I also routinely have a couple of books going at once, alternating between fiction, non-fiction (I could argue the diff between fiction and n-f are only a matter of degree) and art books. Right now I'm reading a series of novels by Delacorta (I guess thrillers but with a strong epicurean bent), a book on philosophy (aesthetics) and a couple of art books (surrealism, contemporary design, photography by Chris Marker, Dührer). Judging by comparison (school, etc) I'd say I read exceptionally fast but don't really practice special reading techniques. I will also re-read stuff and take my time when I feel like it. When George Bataille tries to tell me that sacrifice is at the core of "the celebration" which stands as an affirmation of discontinuity I tend to re-read the fucking chapter because I'm not cocky enough to think he's easily understandable with a quick glance.

When I was a kid I had this extreme fascination with reading where I'd spend days doing that it all time (say 16 hrs/day) and wouldn't stop if my parents didn't enforce some kind of rule. I'd go through everything, from comics to Umberto Eco.

Yes, I see similarities in our current and historical (having to be "cut off" by my parents as a kids) reading habits. My interest in film, however, is nowhere near yours. I also don't let let myself be held back by trivialities concerns like comprehension. I may miss a logical connection here or there, but I make it up on volume.
post #19 of 24
A good mix of both fiction and non-fiction. I can't imagine limiting myself to one or the other
post #20 of 24
I'd say I probably read somewhere around 60% non-fiction books, 30% newspapers, news mags (like Economist), or journals, and 10% fiction.

Then there is the stuff I read for work.
post #21 of 24
I read both equally, though I don't read much fiction as I rarely find anything enticing.
post #22 of 24
Mostly Fiction. Perhaps 1 per week, but I can go on streaks of 3-4 per week. This is nice, since I can also be found, for weeks at a time, not reading any book whatsoever. Over the past few years, there's been a bit of a shift towards adding more Non-Fiction. None of this includes audiobooks or trade books. We're talking printed stories, bios, and that sort.
post #23 of 24
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Yes, I see similarities in our current and historical (having to be "cut off" by my parents as a kids) reading habits. My interest in film, however, is nowhere near yours. I also don't let let myself be held back by trivialities concerns like comprehension. I may miss a logical connection here or there, but I make it up on volume.

I am very grateful that my parents never "cut off" my reading. Actually, when I was very small my grandmother thought something was wrong with me because I would sit enthralled while my mom read to me for 3 hours or more at a time. Basically, as long as she would consent to be stuck on the couch.

Unless it's crucial that I carefully follow the logic, I definitely agree with your approach. If it's not clear to me after a read and repeat, I chalk it up to poor writing and move on.

On an unrelated note, last summer my job entailed doing various administrative/secretarial things at a small law firm. Not that busy and often not a whole lot to do, which left plenty of time for reading on the job. I got through about 40 books during the summer. These were only "entertainment"-type reads, but still... not a bad way to earn a paycheck.
post #24 of 24
It really depends on the writer or the subject. I LOVE books and read anything from Truman Capote to Gustave Flaubert. I think a good question would be: "If you were going to be on an island alone for an entire year and are allowed to bring only five books, what would they be and why"?
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