How do you read?

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At first glance this might seem like a silly question. We string letters together, our mind is trained to recognise the patterns the letters create, and thus a word is born.  This is not exactly what I’m talking about. With this question I am more interested to explore our reading habits.

From the minute our reading journey begins, we start forming reading habits. These habits might change and evolve during the course of our lives, but eventually we’ll settle on  something we’re comfortable with, or perhaps something that challenge us – depending on the way we’re wired. For example, some people like to read more than one book at a time. I know readers who read up to six book at a time. They move from book to book, devouring the pages as if it’s Sunday lunch pudding. Other’s have settled into a more relaxed pattern, meandering through stories at their leisure. For some, reading becomes like an addiction, their mind obsessing over the next bestseller or the next awe inspiring volume in the series they worship. I even know readers who make meticulous notes while reading, becoming completely entrenched in the story.

Myself, I usually read two or three books at a time. One is usually a middle grade novel that I read with my daughter, the second is one I read just before bedtime – this one is for pure enjoyment and gets a written review when I’m finished. The third usually pertains to a manuscript given me by a fellow writer who requested my thoughts on a piece, perhaps point out what I liked and what didn’t work for me. I’m not an expert but this is how writers help fellow writers. These I usually read over the weekend in between writing.

I’m always curious about how others read. What patterns and habits they settled into over the years. What type of books they find most enjoyable.

If you’re a writer, do you find you notice things like pacing, sentence structure and the like and look at these issues from a technical perspective? Or, are you able to take the ‘writer’s hat’ off, and just enjoy the book?

Have you ever thought about your reading habits and wondered how they developed? Maybe your reading habits have changed drastically due to factors such as ill health, work or family commitments. I’d love to here your thoughts.

Much love XXX

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4 thoughts on “How do you read?

  1. When I am in reading mode I will have 2 or 3 books in progress. Currently I have a (very convicting and astonishing) book for class at church, another for Bible study (that wasn’t great for studying or reading with the group so it’s on hold, but I do want to finish it), another non-fiction (self-help) I just finished, and I am about to begin another non-fiction about nurturing the child’s intelligence and creativity.
    I suppose I prefer non-fiction but every once in a while I’ll find a piece of fiction that really grabs my attention. And this is silly but I actually read cookbooks. A lot of information and the story behind the writer are usually before all of the recipes. It’s pretty interesting to read about their lives and why they do what they do.

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  2. That’s a fascinating topic; I also am curious about how different people choose to read. I think for myself, it varies depending on the books I’m reading–some definitely go more quickly than others. But usually, I do have several going at once, and I choose which one I’ll read at any given time based on something arbitrary such as my current mood. I’ve known folks who obsessively must finish one book before they even think of beginning another–a valid strategy, but I don’t think I could wait to start a book that catches my interest just because I’m still in the middle of another one. 🙂

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    1. I’m the same Honya. Maybe I’m just to impatient! When I see a book I want to read, I buy it and start reading, no matter if I have another couple on the go. But I always say, however people choose to read is fine, as long as they read. 🙂

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