Who Has Time to Read?

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Fandango continues his Provocative Question series by noting the ways we spend our free time ~ blogging, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Netflix binges, etc. Some people even go to the gym! I’ve heard of folks who still go on dates, though that may be just a rumor…

With all of the distractions mentioned above, do you read books as much nowadays as you used to ten, twenty, or thirty years ago? Why or why not?

As a teen and a 20-something, I probably read around a book a week, usually a romance or mystery. Thirty years ago, I had a toddler and a baby on the way, so I barely remember anything from then. I’m sure I read a romance novel occasionally, but mostly I zoned out in front of the TV when I had a minute to spare. It’s hard for me to recall movies and shows I watched in the 1990s though, since I often dozed off after five minutes. And twenty years ago, I’d just gone back to work full time, so I don’t think I read a whole lot.

But somewhere between 20 years ago and now, I began reading more. It’s probably largely due to the convenience of having countless books available on Kindle. I’ve read a zillion new romances and mysteries, and I occasionally branch out into other genres too. Last year I read 116 books! Not all were novels ~ some were novellas and others were short poetry books. But there were a lot of full length books in the mix. This year so far I’ve read 71, with the same distribution. I’m almost done with a novel and I imagine I’ll read a few more before December 31. I’ve recently discovered the used booksellers on eBay, where you can get some great deals.

There are a lot of shows and movies that sound good to me, but the reality is quite different when I begin watching. Most bore me to bits immediately and I reach for my phone to read something instead. The last show I enjoyed was the first half of the final season of Manifest. I totally gobbled up the 10 episodes in one weekend. I don’t know why that particular show grabbed me, but it’s one of the very few that has.

I spend a lot of time in Blogland, but barely any on the (anti)social media sites. More and more they’re a huge turnoff with their nasty politics and stupid memes. In fact, I’ve dumped them all except Facebook. When I’m doing “real writing” (novels as opposed to blogging) I read much less, but I’ve been neglecting that. It’s simply too unrewarding.

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18 responses to “Who Has Time to Read?

  1. I started watching the new season of Manifest, but I stopped after the first episode.

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  2. I read more as a child and teenager. I read less because of distractions from TV and internet, but also because I’m a grown up now and have to do stuff like work and chores! Also, I’ve read less in periods of depression and autistic burnout, as I don’t have the energy or concentration to read.

    I do still read quite a lot, though. It’s hard to compare how much I read compared with how much I used to read by number of books, as I mix up light novels with heavier novels and non-fiction, particularly Jewish non-fiction, and comparing fiction and non-fiction can be apples and oranges.

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  3. Rooster and I are binge-watching Manifest right now. I am trying to figure out what it is about that series that caught our attention. I read more since I retired.

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  4. You, at 71+ books this year alone, are someone I’d classify as a voracious reader.

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  5. I am currently reading a very serious book The 1619 Project. It is a history of slavery and the US relationship with African Americans. I read every day mostly at night in bed..

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  6. I’m loving the bookshelf Paula, and the selection…” Inferno by Dante “. Dan brown’s Inferno actually got me to Inferno by Dante.

    Reading : started off as a hobby and ended up as a passion. I even have my very own “pick me up” series that I reread 🙈. Currently, and for the first time ever in my life I’m going through a “readers block”… Lol, if there exists such a thing.

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  7. I haven’t really thought about it too be honest.


  8. Hi I can relate to this especially time in ‘Blogland’ 😃

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