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.)