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Eliza



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:33 am    Post subject: Too much time spent reading? Reply with quote

Have you ever been, ahem, advised that you read too much? I certainly have, too many times to count in my life, and so of course I like this post from Eloisa James:
One of Anna's teachers shared the idea that perhaps our daughter reads too much. (You'll have to imagine the snarl that went along with my expression.)

Mary Balogh posted something in a similar vein:
Question: Don't you ever do anything beside read?
Answer: Not willingly.

Mary also posted some other lines that I like:
Everything in moderation... Except reading.
Books are not my whole life, but they make my life whole.
Reading forces you to be quiet in a world that no longer makes place for that.
Carpe Librum: Seize the book.

Eloisa also posted this definition which I am in absolutely no fear of catching:
Abibliophophia: The fear of running out of reading material.

How about you? Have you ever been questioned or challenged about how much you read?
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goldberry



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have! Most of my co-workers take days off to work on projects around the house, when I take a day off like that, it's to read!
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Marian Perera



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Too much time spent reading? Reply with quote

I hang out on a writers' discussion board, and you'd be amazed at how many newbies say something like, "I hate reading. Books are boring. By the way, I want to be a writer!"

It always leaves me puzzled, but then again, I was reading from the time I was three. Sometimes I go to the library, see something new, get caught up in the story and read several chapters right there before I blink and remind myself that I need to stop and take the book home.
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goldberry



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was little I carried two things around with me: a book to read and a notebook in which to write. My mother used to tease me (gently) about it, but she was a teacher and an avid reader herself and understood my obsession. The notebook fell to the side in high school, in college I couldn't read much due to my classes, but I'd sneak to the library and check out some HQNs in the midst of labs and science classes because I HAD TO READ.

My reading increased again post college, then juggling work, marriage, kids, but now with the advent of the eReader, I read everywhere. All the time.

How can people want to be writers who hate to read?!? Or maybe I should say how could they be successful writers?!?

I love social media for the fact that many of my favorite writers love to tell me what they're reading. Smile
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Marian Perera



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

goldberry wrote:
How can people want to be writers who hate to read?!? Or maybe I should say how could they be successful writers?!?


They like making up their own stories, and I think some of them are concerned that if they read, they'll be influenced by someone else's imagination rather than their own.

But yeah, I doubt they'll be successful writers. One of them started a thread by asking, "Is there ever been any authors that didnt actually read books?"
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Lillian Marek



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, when I was a child my mother would sometimes say, "Put down that book and go outside and play!" (I think she just wanted me out of the house for a while.) And my MIL used to get annoyed when I kept reading while she was talking to me. (But I always knew what she had saidI could repeat it verbatim!)
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