ARE YOU COMMITTED TO READING?

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"Claire Handscombe has a commitment problem online. Like a lot of Web surfers, she clicks on links posted on social networks, reads a few sentences, looks for exciting words, and then grows restless, scampering off to the next page she probably won’t commit to. ... But it’s not just online anymore. She finds herself behaving the same way with a novel."

-- 'Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming', The Washington Post

Is it just me that found myself thinking, 'uh yeah, me too'?

 

Blogs, books, the news, websites, magazines, supplements, and Twitter (all the time). I consume words often. Not everything read is mind-boggling stuff either; as an unashamed fan of listicles, some of my posts are a prime example.

It's old news, that the way we read on- and offline are different. Web-surfing lends itself to digesting quick snippets of information, perhaps a news or blog article at length. Whereas picking up a 300-page book -- depending on subject matter -- asks us to indulge in the pages due to its structure, and make ourselves comfortable while doing so.

Am ashamed to say that I haven't picked up a fiction book, one that it's harder to dip in and out of, for a month or so now. The half-hour commute isn't long enough, I'm too tired before bed or there's projects that require my time. Excuses. I'm an avid reader, and if I can make time for hobbies I never thought I'd take the time to indulge in regularly (hello, swimming), then I can read -- really, read -- a few chapters of that book. You know, the one in the to read pile.

I'd love to know - what are your thoughts? Any book recs also welcome!

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