We were without power for 21 hours from Tuesday night through last night and without internet or tv until about an hour ago. I couldn't work (my business is internet dependent), couldn't watch tv and couldn't surf the net. So I read. A lot. All day yesterday and much of last night/this morning once the power came back on. I usually have a number of books laying around and I picked up a massive volume on the life on Mary, Queen of Scots that I'd started ages ago. It's very well written and I got about half-way through it. I'm far enough into it now that I'll probably finish it - maybe even by the end of summer, but probably not.
We canceled our subscription to the daily newspaper a few years back because we get so much of our information online now. We found ourselves isolated. We have a portable radio so we were able to get news updates on the storm, etc., but it really did drive home how little I usually read and how much of my time I spend online.
That's one reason I don't read for pleasure - I'd guess I'd rather surf numerous sources at once than sit an read a book. I've usually got 5 or more tabs open at a time and I'm bouncing around all over the place.
When I do read for pleasure it's usually classic literature, historical fiction, or non-fiction. It's almost never contemporary fiction. Speaking of historical fiction, I first discovered Herman Wouk's Winds of War
and War and Remembrance
in high school. I then read everything he wrote. I also read a lot of Leon Uris's books with Trinity
being one of my favorites. Again, once I discovered his books I read everything he wrote. Michener's Shogun
and others were also good and I became a Michener fan, although I haven't read all of his books.
I also read cook books, diet and nutrition books, religious studies and histories - particularly those pertaining to Tudor/Stuart England of the mid 16th century.
So, I guess I do sometimes read for pleasure, but not as an escape and not when I have anything else to do.