Reader’s Interest

This week, Fandango says:
There was a time in my life when I was a voracious reader. Yes, reader, not eater. I was never a voracious eater. But I digress. My point is, in the days before the internet, before WordPress, before Facebook and Twitter and TikTok and YouTube and binge-watching on Netflix; in the days before having the world at you fingertips with newsfeeds on mobile phones, before…well you get my drift…I used to devour between three and five books a week. Mostly novels.

But these days, I don’t read books much anymore. Maybe I read three to five books a year, not three to five a week. But I don’t think I’m that unusual in that regard. Or maybe I am, which brings me to this week’s provocative question.

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?
Ah, my first honeymoon comes to mind:

I have mentioned before that the week I was on honeymoon with my first husband, I got through 5 paperbacks. These were The Killing Gift, Jaws, The Swarm, Incubus, and Suffer The Children.
It was not a very good start to our marriage (nor finding out on our wedding night that he’d only asked me out on a dare in the first place), and we called time after three years, getting our decree absolute divorce papers a month before our fourth anniversary.

I used to read a lot, two books a week at least, sometimes a small paperback in an evening depending on the author and story-line. There were some books I couldn’t put down, others that had long chapters or confusing characters that I would have to recap a couple of previous pages, but I enjoyed reading as it was an outlet and means to relax.

Regardless of the distractions mentioned, most of which don’t actually apply to me as I’m not on social media other than WP and we don’t have TV, my interest in reading more or less came to an abrupt halt when we sold the cottage and bought the boat.
We had to get rid of practically everything we owned because we had no room for it, and books, DVDs, videos etc were included along with the furniture, crockery, bed linen, clothes and a mountain of other things that were surplus to requirements.

I enjoy blogging and reading other people’s posts, but books as I used to read are few and far between. Nothing on the shelves is of interest as most seem to be re-writes of what has been done umpteen times before (same as DVDs actually) though I am hoping to replace some of my favourite books of yesteryear.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Reader’s Interest

  1. Space was my issue too. Many of my books are still packed away after three years in this house. I do like rereading my old books. The modern novels I read are mostly on the Kindle and are “borrowed” from Amazon Prime so I don’t have to pay for them except through my subscription.

  2. Sadje says:

    I have this problem too. Finding good books to read and of time to read them too.

  3. murisopsis says:

    I read more today than I did 10 or even 20 years ago! The demands of being a mother and working full time meant my free moments were few and far between!!

  4. Nope, Not Pam says:

    I’ve read some really good books this year, it just depends on what you’re looking for

  5. glyn40wilton says:

    Yes, before the Internet, I used to read a lot more than I do now, especially novels. I still read biographies now, but usually in short bursts.

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