Wednesday, April 7, 2010

just briefly, on reading books.

John Green asks a question in his latest video (actually, I'm sure he asks more than one, but...) that I think is worth a quick answer:

The answer is no. I don't find it harder to read books in the modern era. However, that comes with a caveat: I don't find it harder to read books in the modern era...than I ever did before...or as long as they're good books.

When I was growing up, all I wanted to read were sci-fi or fantasy books. As I grew, so did my tastes, but not before comic books took a permanent residence as my preferred form of literature. So now, while I read plenty of books still, they tend to fall along the lines of comics, or info about comics, or young adult fiction, which serves the dual-purpose of entertaining me and helping me in my job.

Regardless of what kind of book I'm reading, though, as long as it's a good book, it is all I can think about. I want to read it when I wake up in the morning (and usually do try to sneak a few pages in), I want to schedule SSR at school so that I can read, and I want to read at night. A lot of times, other things get in the way, but once I'm in the throes of a book, it's usually pretty engrossing. A couple of things to note about this, though: my appetite for books is not exactly normal. And, a lot of the time here I'm talking about comics. Neither of these are bad, in my opinion, but they're important.

Do you feel distracted in your day to day life?

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