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I'm trying to understand people who don't read for pleasure.

 
 
WendyLou
 
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Reply Sun 22 Jan, 2012 09:07 pm
@boomerang,
That's a complicated question...I have a really good friend who has never read an actual book in her life....she just read the synopsis when required in order to pass exams at school. Didn't go to university but is a fashion designer. She has made a lot of money teaching design at home and built a three storey mansion but still insists that her life would not be enriched by reading a book of any kind. She's a quantifier. She's visual, good at maths but hated English at school. Maybe the world is divided into three types of people .. those who quantify and like maths and find maths easy, those who find maths easy and like reading and those who loathe maths and love reading for pleasure or otherwise.
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 23 Jan, 2012 01:23 am
@Joe Nation,
I have been in a bar w ith you and it's great. I love those conversations. Wish I'd seen this when it was written.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2012 08:38 am
@WendyLou,
Do u think that might have anything to do
with what 's IN the book that she is not reading ??





David
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bulldogcoma
 
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Reply Wed 7 Mar, 2012 04:48 am
@boomerang,
I suppose intellectual egotists will continue to read a book that provides no pleasure simply to familiarize themselves with the ideas presented. But hey, in a sense I suppose they do this only as a way to reciprocate their own illusory ego pleasure. On another spectrum would be the non-egotists who wish to familiarize themselves with the material so they can help others understand such ideas, thus securing truth (and from there hopefully pleasure) within them.
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cliffwill88
 
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Reply Thu 26 Apr, 2012 10:38 pm
@boomerang,
I think it is not the social aspect that has to be blamed for those people who can read and yet doesn't want to read. I believe it is a matter of interest.And no, don't also blame the social status, it has nothing to do with it. People who doesn't enjoy wonderful literary pieces had surely missed many thing that those books could offer them. And that is something i feel sorry about
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Krumple
 
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Reply Fri 27 Apr, 2012 12:51 am
@boomerang,
"I'm trying to understand people who don't read for pleasure."

I use to read all the time, but I can't seem to enjoy any fiction anymore. The problem is when I start a book, I get into what I am reading but then get lost in my own "improvement" of the narrative. I don't mean that I am thinking the writing sucks and that I could do better, what I mean to say is it sparks my creative thinking and I get lost in my imagination of the plot. So quickly this happens that I put away the book and just run with these thoughts. If I try to go back to the book, all it does is respark the whole process again and I simply can not get back into it.

I have basically lost the ability to just allow the story to lead and instead I want to take over and do my own thing with the characters or the plot. I do the same thing with movies.
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xfrankx
 
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Reply Wed 13 Feb, 2013 02:52 pm
@boomerang,
i don't know why still people should read books! ? we can use internet instead
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Thomas
 
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Reply Wed 13 Feb, 2013 02:55 pm
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:
I'm trying to understand people who don't read for pleasure.

Huh? What did you say? Sorry, I didn't read your post there.
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raisingirl
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 08:41 pm
I love holding a book in my hand, the feel of the pages, the smell of the print. The internet can never replace these sensations. I have never had a problem with assigned reading, but choosing for myself is a pleasure every time.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2014 09:26 pm
Still an interesting thread.

Welcome, raisin.
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Mohay Rix
 
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Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2015 09:52 pm
I suppose to others my list of reading materials reads like a college project. As a professional researcher writing a book, I always seek to raise my own awareness as well as others. I enjoy it but you may think of it as work, which is what it is. Visit my profile where it is explained in detail.
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fanbrits
 
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Reply Tue 5 Jan, 2016 12:15 pm
@boomerang,
why can u read for then lol
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 5 Jan, 2016 12:19 pm
@raisingirl,
I remember when attending college, I promised myself that after I graduate I was going to read for pleasure. I have read some books, but not at the same rate as required reading in college. I'm now waiting for a book at the public library, The Woman in Berlin, that should be available this week.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 19 Jan, 2016 02:46 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Oh, Tak, I along with Olivier who told me about it, really got to like that book.
It's a bit hard to read at points, but.. keep going.

I'll be interested in your take on it.
Did you read the japanese one yet? That one wasn't a memoir, like Woman in Berlin or Suite Franchaise, but I bet there's some lot of reality to the writing scenarios - a crime book set in Japan just post war. (The Tattoo Murder Case, by Akimitsu Takagi (in translation). I liked that Tattoo crime book least, but eventually found it "a good read".
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jan, 2016 08:33 pm
@ossobuco,
I've been remiss; haven't been to the library to check it out yet, and we're leaving for Hawaii the day after tomorrow. Back on the 31st at which time I'll go to the library. Promise.
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axmay
 
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Reply Sun 2 Dec, 2018 05:57 pm
@boomerang,
I was talking to a woman at work and she said she doesn't have a library card, and she doesn't read. That blew my mind.
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