Droopy Dog Woofs: Reading?!? Who has the time?

I haven't read a novel in a while outside of the books that everyone is forced to read for English class. Don't get me wrong; I really enjoy the books we read in English. However, sometimes I get the feeling that I'm not culturing myself as much as I should and in fact, getting a little behind. I used to read all the time when I was younger, up until 8th grade. In fact, in elementary school, going to the Palatine Library with my dad used to be one of my hobbies. I loved holding a book, flipping the pages, and feeling like I was gaining a lot of smarts or something. Then when I returned a stack of novels and scavenged through a collection of new ones, it was one of the most contenting feelings I got. On a side note, that is also why I would never want to use a Kindle because it doesn't let you feel the substance of what you are reading. (Kindles are not my friend.)

 

*If you are getting bored, please skip the middle and just answer my questions on the bottom*

 

The problem is me. I'm too busy, too high-strung, and too fast-paced. Even if I did have a little extra time in my schedule, I'm not enough of a bookworm to use the time to read. I would rather lie down on my couch under a Snuggie, go running, plop my butt in front of Youtube, or eat a bowl of grapes (the prurple kind). I mean, the possibilities are endless and reading is on the bottom of my list. Finding time to fit reading into my life is actually very difficult. I barely have time to do things other than my schoolwork, my activities, and going to church. I find myself doing homework within little crevices of time on the bus, during meets, and also in long sessions just so I could make it into bed by 12:20. Reading for fun just doesn't make any sense.

 

Obviously, I haven't stopped reading though. I read still, don't worry. I read for my various classes at school, and quite a bit for my APUSH class. I read the Bible and my Devotionals each day but they aren't exactly the material that teachers expect you to digest. I read the lunch menu, the white board, and signs that tell me critical things like where the girls bathroom is, but that hardly increases my ability in dealing with literature. Most of my friends  and peers still read independent novels but for me, it's like a thing of my childhood. I make noble attempts but I either take months to finish a book or only get halfway before my schedule becomes too demanding. And at this moment, I can't see a remedy to my "not-reading-enough" dilemna.

 

Once in a while (like now), I think about all the books I wish I had time to read. My favorite genre is historical fiction because it feels like learning and being entertained at the same time. I like being productive. I wonder if teachers still read in their free time or if they're too busy having dinner out, grading papers, partying, or whatever else teachers do.

 

Regarding leisure-reading, what is the norm?

Do you find yourself in this kind of situation or do you still take time to read for fun?

Who else wants to jump on the anti-Kindle wagon?

Is reading books solely on the Bible or other Christian novels as educating as reading various novels?

Favorite fruit? (Mine are currently grapes, but that can change anytime.)

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Tags: APUSH, Bible, Kindle, busy, grapes, leisure, reading, running

Comment by Sarah Goodale on May 9, 2012 at 8:46pm

Hi! I can completely relate to your busy schedule, with sports, school, and various other activities. However, I do enjoy reading, and although I am unable to during majority of the school year, I try and read as much as I can during the summer and on breaks. Regarding the Kindle, I am definitely anti-Kindle. My mom has one, and I used it a couple times, but nothing can still beat the feeling of flipping the pages on a book, and the satisfaction of being able to close the cover after you have finished it. The Kindle does have it's perks like a built in reading light, but I feel like it would break really easily, and I go to the beach a lot in the summer, and it would be hard not to get sand or water on it. 

My favorite fruit is definitely blackberries though! :)

Comment by Ifeoluwadolapo Ojewuyi on May 10, 2012 at 2:15pm

I've always LOVED to read. Here's the issue. When I started high school with the amount of work that I had I never had time to read as much as I used to. I would find myself reading instead of getting homework done and that proved to be the problem. The best thing to do is to try and balance it. As for reading in English class, I don't really mind if the books are interesting. The one thing that really turns me off to books in those classes is when the teachers berate the life out of it and try to find meaning in every inch of the book. I believe if a book is a good as someone says, it should be able to speak for it's self.

Comment by John Park on May 29, 2012 at 5:52am

I really hated reading outside of class till freshman year, because reading was just really boring to me and i just did not like it. But after reading some of the books that I thought it would be interesting I started to enjoy reading outside of English classes.   

Comment by Marlisa Wang on May 30, 2012 at 9:25pm

Hey Angela! I can totally relate to this. I used to absolutely love reading books in my freetime, so much that my parents thought I was spending way too much and threatened to take away my library card...However, now as a sophomore in high school, with the loads of homework and after school activities, there seems to be little time for anything else. I definitely wish I had more extra time to just curl up and read a good book from cover to cover and not have to worry about anything else. :)
I have really mixed feelings about Kindles. While they are very convenient and can serve as your travelling library, the Kindle reading experience just doesn't feel as authentic, if that makes sense. Reading on a Kindle just isn't the same as actually holding the book and flipping through the pages. 

Strawberries are my favorite fruit! :)

Comment by Nancy Chen on March 15, 2013 at 3:46pm

That's really interesting how you brought up the idea of reading the boards everyday; and that counts as reading! Now that I think about it, I do read everyday and have been improving my vocabulary with words such as "Boca", but nevertheless, I don't have time to read myself. I like sleeping by eleven, so I usually wake up at five to continue my homework! Thanks to the ten minutes of independent reading I get in class, I am allowed to spend a small amount of life reading something that I actually want to read.

 

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