#FPQ 191: To Read Or Not To Read

Fandango starts today’s question by telling us that, in the days before the Internet, social media, online news, and Netflix (among online distractions), he would read 3 to 5 books a week, but since then, it’s more like 3 to 5 books a year, leading up to this 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?

I think the most I ever read as an adult was 15 years ago, while recovering from my stroke. I think I read 10 or 11 books in the six weeks that I was there, which isn’t really much, maybe one or two books a week. Most of my reading is blog feeds, which, if you were to put them together, they would be a pretty considerable amount of words. A few years ago Pocket, which I no longer use because Inoreader takes care of the "storing articles to read later" functions for me, figured that I had read two million words, estimating that was 45 books.

Mary is the big reader here. Our joint Kindle library is around 7000 books, and I doubt that more than 5% of that are books I added to it. She must read about a book a day, maybe more.

I think it’s time, though, to get back in the habit of reading. When I finished writing the last paragraph, I decided to go through our library and move all off my books into a collection. I’m not sure if I got all of my books, or if I got some of Mary’s, but there are now a little over 400 books in my collection. I’m going to see how many I can read, or re-read as the case might be. I spend too much time scrolling through Instagram and Reddit, and it’s driving me crazy…

9 thoughts on “#FPQ 191: To Read Or Not To Read

  1. I always have a book going though I don’t read as long-per-session as I used to. I am into British/Scottish mysteries.

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      1. Here’s a couple of my favorite authors.
        Charles Todd – Actually a Mother and son team – I like their Ian Rutledge books. Scotland Yard inspector. Post World War I time frame.

        M. C. Beaton – Hamish Macbeath books. Fun reading. What they call Cozy mysteries. Set in Scotland.

        I’ve got others that I’ll send on.

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  2. I used to read approx 120 books a year up until just a couple of years ago, when time seemed to get sucked into some sort of vortex. I’m really wanting to get back into that rhythm because I miss reading. It is very easy, though, when you are tired, or have a few minutes, to get into a habit of scrolling instead of reading.

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