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08-02-2007, 11:58 AM
Are you a subway reader? Lunchtime reader? Go home, sit on the couch and instead of watching TV, read reader? Bathroom reader? Bedtime reader? Do you read one book at a time or several?
I tend to go in cycles, where I'm reading consistently (daily, or almost daily), followed by periods where I'm not. Lately, I've been in a steady reading cycle for over one year with maybe 4 weeks total when I'm not reading. I read on my morning commute, sometimes at home while making dinner, and on weekends when I'm just chilling. I usually have about 2 books going at once.
08-02-2007, 02:43 PM
I'm a research student, so mainly read stuff in my subject (philosophy, particularly philosophy of language). Typically, I have one or two philosophical books I am in the process of reading from beginning to end, and a whole host of other stuff on the go: chapters, articles etc. I'll read these on the tube, and during the day in the library.
I usually have one or two "normal" books on the go, which I read in the evening, or in the bath. These are often also philosophical, linguistic, or otherwise useful to me, but usually novels, or histories etc. I also have a shelf of articles, and various scattered piles of textbooks and surveys I dip into. Usually I start reading these, whilst ostensibly doing something else, and then leave them in an increasing pile next to my bed, on my desk, or next to the radio in the kitchen. If I had a bigger bathroom, I'd probably have a stack of these in there.
I need to come up with a more coherent strategy, really. Or at least a more ruthless one: there is too much crap being published.
I've got three novels for when I go on holiday (Buzatti's Tartar Steppe, Yates's Revolutionary Road, Steinbeck's Log from the Sea of Cortez), and cannot wait to read for the fun of it.
08-03-2007, 05:51 AM
1. I always carry at least one book in my backpack wherever I go. I have a healthy fear of being stuck somewhere without something to read.
2. I read up to four books at any one time; I take three to the café and decide what to read once I'm there. Half the time I opt for newspapers.
3. I only finish one in three; I toss aside books after as little as 25 pages (for example Coelho's Alchemist - I hated it!).
4. I usually check out the ending first - I like to know where I'm headed. The exception: crime and police procedurals.
5. Two authors I reread regularly: Hanif Kureishi and Irvine Welsh.
6. Two authors I have never read: J.D. Salinger and William Faulkner.
7. Favourite genres and subjects are a)African contemporary fiction & history, b)Travel & culinaria, c)Aviation.
8. I don't read about plants or animals.
9. Ten years ago I couldn't pass a record store without having to buy something. Nowadays I can't pass a bookshop without going in.
10. Current favourite authors: a) Philip Roth & John Updike (for the machismo, sarcasm, unrepentant lustiness and the ability to laugh at oneself as an aging male, hopelessly surrendered to one's weaknesses); the current crop of African women resurrecting literature 30 years after Achebe, Soyinka and Ngugi: Adichie, Oyeyemi, Watson, Baingana, Aboulela, Forster and Atta.
08-03-2007, 08:29 AM
these past few months, I've been doing a lot of driving, or public transport sporting.
I have about 10 books on Cd, and 4 music choices in my bag at any one time, and will listen to them on subway, in car, on my computer...I'm really enjoying the "how society REALLY works/how the game is REALLY played" themes as I tool around Baltimore and DC on my folding bike, in cars, in trains, in planes, underground...
(yeah, I'm missing my Colombo-like investigator days.)
in my hey day of leisure reading time , last summer, I would cherish the time I spend in the middle of a sunday, reading the Sunday New York Times, and NYT Magazine. but alas, all things must pass...
08-04-2007, 11:42 PM
i will usually have a novel and maybe a non-fiction book on the go, sometimes the novel can be finished in a couple of days or it could take a few months if i'm not that into it
last year i made a conscious decision to try and explore japanese fiction but it was a bit disappointed with the amount of contemporary stuff available that had been translated
i like buying art books, these i find relaxing and i have a few favorites i will look at if i'm stressed or feeling like shit
mainly though i have a massive appetite for magazines these range from the mens style-fashion mags to business, design, trash really anything
i don't really look at music mags though. occasionally a few years i would get straight no chaser to find out about interesting album releases but these don't interest me at all now
08-06-2007, 01:57 AM
I am mostly a subway reader. I pretty much always have reading material on me- the New Yorker, fashion magazines (my guilty pleasure), and/or a book or two. In less professionally intense times (summer and holiday breaks) I may dive into a novel at home and read all night like I used to when I was a youth:wink: and required less :sleep:. Like ngeso I finish far fewer books than I start. I tend to choose titles related to women's studies, history, dance, all aspects of African Diaspora culture and new agey/relationship stuff and this summer, plays.
08-06-2007, 10:37 AM
For the past couple of years, most of my reading was done on the commuter train. And most of that stuff was reading materials for school. That chapter (commuting and school) is over and now I'm ready to get back to reading at home, primarily at night after work. I'd rather do that then watch the tube. I ordered the two books ngeso and Monny JcIntosh recommended and I'm anxious to get going on some leisure reading.
08-07-2007, 12:22 PM
I have certain books for reading in the bath, bedside books, living room books, dining table books...plus I carry something everywhere I go. I don't do mass transit, so I don't get the reading while travelling time.
I have ritual tendencies...My bedside reading table is this one (http://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATES/PRODUCT/Product.asp?Params=Category=5-22|Level=2-3|pageid=502|Link=Img) and in other locations, I use book stands. I love toys for reading...book lights and such.
I need a cup of tea and some good music for academic reading... I like whiskey and scented oils and candles for bath reading...
I have recliner chairs and the Poang chairs (Ikea) in the house...comfy chairs are a wonderful thing!!
i read in episodes...there are times in which i will go to a library or a bookstore and read an entire book in one sitting...as i am recuperating from surgery, i am devouring about 5 books at a time. i don't reading. once, when i read "atlas shrugged", it drove me crazy that i had a life outside of this book and i called of sick from wokr and satyed in bed for about a week to devote my life to this book.
08-22-2007, 09:09 PM
I do reading on the subway. NewYorker mostly. I tend to read books in waves like I'll get a bug and read four or five books really quickly, back to back. But then I can go for some months with out getting past the first 20 pages of what ever book I'm starting. I'm in a dry spell right now. Havn't read a book since the spring.
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07-22-2009, 02:16 AM
I love to read while setting on a couch outside our balcony. It really feels so
good to read and at the same time breathing some fresh air.
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