Mea Culpa!

(And I’m guilty too.)
Reading_furdaI and many of my cohorts (me and many of my cohorts?) have been grousing of late about the absence of dedicated readers and the susequent falling number of books sold.
Confession coming:
I am one of those deliquent readers.

See, I just realized I spend a lot of time on ye olde computer; I watch TV way more than is good for me (especially during baseball season), I have to see all the new movies coming out, and now that it’s summer I spend more time out of doors, where the sounds of birdsong and falling water falling induce sleep rather than reading….

In short: I read less.

But reading is wonderful! Think of the magic: you look at a line of symbols, which form words in your head, which then form scenes and soon you’re watching your own private movie or TV show.

Reading means the ability to think in symbols. No other creature on the planet can do that. (…except for cats, which I suspect are sneaky readers. Dogs prefer the comics.)
Most animals think in images.

I foresee a future of humans who think in pictures.

Yipes.

…and yet, and yet…. I’m as guilty as any of this generation’s absent readers.

It isn’t the quality of the books, well, not so much. Nor the topics. It’s my lack of time. But I had oddles of time before I started googling.

Are you experiencing the same thing?
If not, why not?

best,
Edith, fast becoming one of the illiterati

45 thoughts on “Mea Culpa!”

  1. Oh, Edith, I, too, am guilty. Though I don’t get to watch much TV, that’s because I spend way too much time at the computer. And when I do have time off the computer…I slip my latest Netflix DVD into the player, and sit back with popcorn. I am so ashamed.

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  2. Oh, Edith, I, too, am guilty. Though I don’t get to watch much TV, that’s because I spend way too much time at the computer. And when I do have time off the computer…I slip my latest Netflix DVD into the player, and sit back with popcorn. I am so ashamed.

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  3. Oh, Edith, I, too, am guilty. Though I don’t get to watch much TV, that’s because I spend way too much time at the computer. And when I do have time off the computer…I slip my latest Netflix DVD into the player, and sit back with popcorn. I am so ashamed.

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  4. Reading is an escape for me because I do the computer thing for a living. I will admit to doing less TECHNICAL reading since GOOGLE is a great source for technical research. My “recreational” reading is about the same.
    However, I think you need to include exotic birds as readers. God knows that they are exposed to enough newspapers. My macaw probably knows more about world events than I do. 🙂

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  5. Reading is an escape for me because I do the computer thing for a living. I will admit to doing less TECHNICAL reading since GOOGLE is a great source for technical research. My “recreational” reading is about the same.
    However, I think you need to include exotic birds as readers. God knows that they are exposed to enough newspapers. My macaw probably knows more about world events than I do. 🙂

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  6. Reading is an escape for me because I do the computer thing for a living. I will admit to doing less TECHNICAL reading since GOOGLE is a great source for technical research. My “recreational” reading is about the same.
    However, I think you need to include exotic birds as readers. God knows that they are exposed to enough newspapers. My macaw probably knows more about world events than I do. 🙂

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  7. For my part I confess that it is indeed the ‘bad’ quality of books these days that makes me read less. I only read historicals and I’ve noticed a very big change over the last 4 or 5 years. The golden years–1994/2001–are well and truly gone, I think.
    Maybe I shouldn’t complain because I’m saving quite a bit of money. When I think that I used to read 20 romance books a month! I’m down to 3 or 4 now.
    Do I feel guilty? Absolutely not.
    Going on a trail ride with my horse is more rewarding to me than reading a romance book so I’m not really complaining :o)

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  8. For my part I confess that it is indeed the ‘bad’ quality of books these days that makes me read less. I only read historicals and I’ve noticed a very big change over the last 4 or 5 years. The golden years–1994/2001–are well and truly gone, I think.
    Maybe I shouldn’t complain because I’m saving quite a bit of money. When I think that I used to read 20 romance books a month! I’m down to 3 or 4 now.
    Do I feel guilty? Absolutely not.
    Going on a trail ride with my horse is more rewarding to me than reading a romance book so I’m not really complaining :o)

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  9. For my part I confess that it is indeed the ‘bad’ quality of books these days that makes me read less. I only read historicals and I’ve noticed a very big change over the last 4 or 5 years. The golden years–1994/2001–are well and truly gone, I think.
    Maybe I shouldn’t complain because I’m saving quite a bit of money. When I think that I used to read 20 romance books a month! I’m down to 3 or 4 now.
    Do I feel guilty? Absolutely not.
    Going on a trail ride with my horse is more rewarding to me than reading a romance book so I’m not really complaining :o)

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  10. If you include audio books, I read as much now as ever. I started using the Internet back in early 1995, and those first few years were when I was on it the most. Now, I’m on it a lot but it’s become a wonderful tool more than a main source of entertainment. I read 1-2 books a week of the 350-400pg+ size, more if they’re smaller. As fascinating as the Internet can be, I can’t curl up under the covers and lose myself in another world with it. Of course, part of it may be that I’m hyper, keeping a book handy to read during TV commericals while my laptop sits open on my lap.
    But then, I also may not be your usual target audience. Romance is maybe 25% of what I read, going in cycles (90% this month, 10% next) and I’m slow to pick up new authors. That’s why these blogs have been great for me, to find new authors and reconnect with old favorites. It’s also why I love romance anthologies. I would be a happy camper if anthologies came out every month – Regencies, historicals, paranormals, whatever.
    I do quilt less than I used to though. :\

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  11. If you include audio books, I read as much now as ever. I started using the Internet back in early 1995, and those first few years were when I was on it the most. Now, I’m on it a lot but it’s become a wonderful tool more than a main source of entertainment. I read 1-2 books a week of the 350-400pg+ size, more if they’re smaller. As fascinating as the Internet can be, I can’t curl up under the covers and lose myself in another world with it. Of course, part of it may be that I’m hyper, keeping a book handy to read during TV commericals while my laptop sits open on my lap.
    But then, I also may not be your usual target audience. Romance is maybe 25% of what I read, going in cycles (90% this month, 10% next) and I’m slow to pick up new authors. That’s why these blogs have been great for me, to find new authors and reconnect with old favorites. It’s also why I love romance anthologies. I would be a happy camper if anthologies came out every month – Regencies, historicals, paranormals, whatever.
    I do quilt less than I used to though. :\

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  12. If you include audio books, I read as much now as ever. I started using the Internet back in early 1995, and those first few years were when I was on it the most. Now, I’m on it a lot but it’s become a wonderful tool more than a main source of entertainment. I read 1-2 books a week of the 350-400pg+ size, more if they’re smaller. As fascinating as the Internet can be, I can’t curl up under the covers and lose myself in another world with it. Of course, part of it may be that I’m hyper, keeping a book handy to read during TV commericals while my laptop sits open on my lap.
    But then, I also may not be your usual target audience. Romance is maybe 25% of what I read, going in cycles (90% this month, 10% next) and I’m slow to pick up new authors. That’s why these blogs have been great for me, to find new authors and reconnect with old favorites. It’s also why I love romance anthologies. I would be a happy camper if anthologies came out every month – Regencies, historicals, paranormals, whatever.
    I do quilt less than I used to though. :\

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  13. I’ve become a big user of audio books, too. I used to listen to the radio a lot while cooking, sewing etc, but the CBC has less and less of what I like, so I get books on tape or CD out of the library.
    Listening and reading are very different for me, however. I can listen to things I can’t read (a useful way of catching up on buzz books I can’t get into) and read things I can’t listen to, which includes most highly emotional stories.
    Anyone else find that?
    But if we count audio books I do read as much as ever. Print books, not so much.
    Jo

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  14. I’ve become a big user of audio books, too. I used to listen to the radio a lot while cooking, sewing etc, but the CBC has less and less of what I like, so I get books on tape or CD out of the library.
    Listening and reading are very different for me, however. I can listen to things I can’t read (a useful way of catching up on buzz books I can’t get into) and read things I can’t listen to, which includes most highly emotional stories.
    Anyone else find that?
    But if we count audio books I do read as much as ever. Print books, not so much.
    Jo

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  15. I’ve become a big user of audio books, too. I used to listen to the radio a lot while cooking, sewing etc, but the CBC has less and less of what I like, so I get books on tape or CD out of the library.
    Listening and reading are very different for me, however. I can listen to things I can’t read (a useful way of catching up on buzz books I can’t get into) and read things I can’t listen to, which includes most highly emotional stories.
    Anyone else find that?
    But if we count audio books I do read as much as ever. Print books, not so much.
    Jo

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  16. The computer has cut quite a bit into my reading time. I used to cuddle up with a book after everyone went to bed and spend 3-4 hours reading. Now, I hit my message boards for a couple of hours, then go read for the remaining time. Consequently, my tbr pile is growing much faster than I can read. I keep buying the books I want to read, I just don’t get to them as fast any more.

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  17. The computer has cut quite a bit into my reading time. I used to cuddle up with a book after everyone went to bed and spend 3-4 hours reading. Now, I hit my message boards for a couple of hours, then go read for the remaining time. Consequently, my tbr pile is growing much faster than I can read. I keep buying the books I want to read, I just don’t get to them as fast any more.

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  18. The computer has cut quite a bit into my reading time. I used to cuddle up with a book after everyone went to bed and spend 3-4 hours reading. Now, I hit my message boards for a couple of hours, then go read for the remaining time. Consequently, my tbr pile is growing much faster than I can read. I keep buying the books I want to read, I just don’t get to them as fast any more.

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  19. From Sherrie:
    Audiobooks. Oh goodness. Like many of you, I have less and less time to read, which is a shame because I love reading. But I’m hooked on audiobooks. I adore them.
    I can enjoy an audiobook while cleaning house, washing dishes, weeding the garden, mowing the lawn, mucking out horse stalls, driving …you name it.
    And I also have a guilty confession: audiobooks make me feel like I have a cherished friend reading a book to me, and that makes me feel … happy.
    I don’t think that real, hold-in-your-hand books of the paper variety will every fall out of favor, but I wonder if the lack of “time” is the reason why book sales are falling off while the audiobook business is booming?
    Edith, my preferred reading choice is historical romances, but in my job I am exposed to all kinds of writing, since 90% of my work comes from other writers. Also, I have a huge personal library that is very eclectic (over 5,000 books) and though most of the books are nonfiction and research-related, I can always go to a bookcase and find something interesting to take to bed with me.
    And lastly, there’s the price of books nowadays. On my budget, it’s pretty hard to cough up $7 for a paperback.
    Sherrie
    http://www.holmesedit.com

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  20. From Sherrie:
    Audiobooks. Oh goodness. Like many of you, I have less and less time to read, which is a shame because I love reading. But I’m hooked on audiobooks. I adore them.
    I can enjoy an audiobook while cleaning house, washing dishes, weeding the garden, mowing the lawn, mucking out horse stalls, driving …you name it.
    And I also have a guilty confession: audiobooks make me feel like I have a cherished friend reading a book to me, and that makes me feel … happy.
    I don’t think that real, hold-in-your-hand books of the paper variety will every fall out of favor, but I wonder if the lack of “time” is the reason why book sales are falling off while the audiobook business is booming?
    Edith, my preferred reading choice is historical romances, but in my job I am exposed to all kinds of writing, since 90% of my work comes from other writers. Also, I have a huge personal library that is very eclectic (over 5,000 books) and though most of the books are nonfiction and research-related, I can always go to a bookcase and find something interesting to take to bed with me.
    And lastly, there’s the price of books nowadays. On my budget, it’s pretty hard to cough up $7 for a paperback.
    Sherrie
    http://www.holmesedit.com

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  21. From Sherrie:
    Audiobooks. Oh goodness. Like many of you, I have less and less time to read, which is a shame because I love reading. But I’m hooked on audiobooks. I adore them.
    I can enjoy an audiobook while cleaning house, washing dishes, weeding the garden, mowing the lawn, mucking out horse stalls, driving …you name it.
    And I also have a guilty confession: audiobooks make me feel like I have a cherished friend reading a book to me, and that makes me feel … happy.
    I don’t think that real, hold-in-your-hand books of the paper variety will every fall out of favor, but I wonder if the lack of “time” is the reason why book sales are falling off while the audiobook business is booming?
    Edith, my preferred reading choice is historical romances, but in my job I am exposed to all kinds of writing, since 90% of my work comes from other writers. Also, I have a huge personal library that is very eclectic (over 5,000 books) and though most of the books are nonfiction and research-related, I can always go to a bookcase and find something interesting to take to bed with me.
    And lastly, there’s the price of books nowadays. On my budget, it’s pretty hard to cough up $7 for a paperback.
    Sherrie
    http://www.holmesedit.com

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  22. I’m slightly less likely to take a chance on a new author at the new price tags, but mostly it’s having trouble finding book. I already bought 2 off the yahoo list.
    I can’t blame the pc, I’ve been a net junkie since the early 80’s when it was all BBS and finding a good group to log into. from classified ads and such. Hm. This makes me sound old.

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  23. I’m slightly less likely to take a chance on a new author at the new price tags, but mostly it’s having trouble finding book. I already bought 2 off the yahoo list.
    I can’t blame the pc, I’ve been a net junkie since the early 80’s when it was all BBS and finding a good group to log into. from classified ads and such. Hm. This makes me sound old.

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  24. I’m slightly less likely to take a chance on a new author at the new price tags, but mostly it’s having trouble finding book. I already bought 2 off the yahoo list.
    I can’t blame the pc, I’ve been a net junkie since the early 80’s when it was all BBS and finding a good group to log into. from classified ads and such. Hm. This makes me sound old.

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  25. I’m guilty of reading less, also, although I suspect part of it is that I read slower now than I used to. I used to have much better focus and could remember what I read without having to go back and hunt down a paragraph I missed or something I forgot.
    I envy those of you who can listen to audio books. I could get a lot more books finished if I could do that. But since a very very early age (no one read to me when I was young, so I suspect this starts about the time I learned to read and listened to others in school), I have been utterly tortured by anyone else reading a book aloud. (I can’t listen to lectures or talk radio either, but that’s another story.) Part of the problem is probably that I can read faster than most people can speak aloud, so I get frustrated when the story doesn’t move as fast as I like.
    Does anyone else have this problem?

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  26. I’m guilty of reading less, also, although I suspect part of it is that I read slower now than I used to. I used to have much better focus and could remember what I read without having to go back and hunt down a paragraph I missed or something I forgot.
    I envy those of you who can listen to audio books. I could get a lot more books finished if I could do that. But since a very very early age (no one read to me when I was young, so I suspect this starts about the time I learned to read and listened to others in school), I have been utterly tortured by anyone else reading a book aloud. (I can’t listen to lectures or talk radio either, but that’s another story.) Part of the problem is probably that I can read faster than most people can speak aloud, so I get frustrated when the story doesn’t move as fast as I like.
    Does anyone else have this problem?

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  27. I’m guilty of reading less, also, although I suspect part of it is that I read slower now than I used to. I used to have much better focus and could remember what I read without having to go back and hunt down a paragraph I missed or something I forgot.
    I envy those of you who can listen to audio books. I could get a lot more books finished if I could do that. But since a very very early age (no one read to me when I was young, so I suspect this starts about the time I learned to read and listened to others in school), I have been utterly tortured by anyone else reading a book aloud. (I can’t listen to lectures or talk radio either, but that’s another story.) Part of the problem is probably that I can read faster than most people can speak aloud, so I get frustrated when the story doesn’t move as fast as I like.
    Does anyone else have this problem?

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  28. The cats around here are always checking out the books on my bookshelf headboard to see if there’s anything they want to read.
    Or chew on the corners of.
    The moles, I regret to say, prefer downloading insectivore porn flicks from the Internet; I keep finding pics of Stud Muffin, the very buff hedgehog, all over the house…
    I still read about a book a day (down from three or so before the computer–but then, I’m retired), but a lot of it is rereading–comfort books to help me survive an Arizona summer.
    Just read this: http://www.moirajmoore.com/rth.htm
    Straight fantasy rather than romance, but pretty entertaining. Sequel out soon, and I suppose romance is possible; the protagonists are breaking all the OTHER rules!

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  29. The cats around here are always checking out the books on my bookshelf headboard to see if there’s anything they want to read.
    Or chew on the corners of.
    The moles, I regret to say, prefer downloading insectivore porn flicks from the Internet; I keep finding pics of Stud Muffin, the very buff hedgehog, all over the house…
    I still read about a book a day (down from three or so before the computer–but then, I’m retired), but a lot of it is rereading–comfort books to help me survive an Arizona summer.
    Just read this: http://www.moirajmoore.com/rth.htm
    Straight fantasy rather than romance, but pretty entertaining. Sequel out soon, and I suppose romance is possible; the protagonists are breaking all the OTHER rules!

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  30. The cats around here are always checking out the books on my bookshelf headboard to see if there’s anything they want to read.
    Or chew on the corners of.
    The moles, I regret to say, prefer downloading insectivore porn flicks from the Internet; I keep finding pics of Stud Muffin, the very buff hedgehog, all over the house…
    I still read about a book a day (down from three or so before the computer–but then, I’m retired), but a lot of it is rereading–comfort books to help me survive an Arizona summer.
    Just read this: http://www.moirajmoore.com/rth.htm
    Straight fantasy rather than romance, but pretty entertaining. Sequel out soon, and I suppose romance is possible; the protagonists are breaking all the OTHER rules!

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  31. Hi Edith.
    Love your post as always.
    Books read… well I’m sitting here at my writing desk, fingers typing away with four WW’s books sitting on my left and three on my right. Two of them I’ve read and THE SWORD MAIDEN is upstairs on my night stand, nearly finished. I read about two books a month.
    Across the room is my bookshelf where last year’s reads sit at odd angles upon the shelves–everything from Amelia Atwater-Rhode’s vampire series to Tamora Pierce to Anne Bishop. Who knows how many books are in the attic. I’ve lived here for nearly 20 years.
    As for TV, I watch very, very little. And movies… I did just see the second Pirates movie (very yummy) but the one before that was Harry Potter. That’s how often I bother to go to the cinema. For me, the world in my head is much more rich than anything Hollywood can put on the tube. My 11 year old daughter is very much the same way. Nose pressed in a book with two standing in wait
    And Pat… I am so with you on the audio books. I am a visual learner. I need to see the words in order to make the picture. And I need the words to flow at my pace. I’m a control freak. What can I say?
    Nina, who can’t/won’t listen to talk radio either.

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  32. Hi Edith.
    Love your post as always.
    Books read… well I’m sitting here at my writing desk, fingers typing away with four WW’s books sitting on my left and three on my right. Two of them I’ve read and THE SWORD MAIDEN is upstairs on my night stand, nearly finished. I read about two books a month.
    Across the room is my bookshelf where last year’s reads sit at odd angles upon the shelves–everything from Amelia Atwater-Rhode’s vampire series to Tamora Pierce to Anne Bishop. Who knows how many books are in the attic. I’ve lived here for nearly 20 years.
    As for TV, I watch very, very little. And movies… I did just see the second Pirates movie (very yummy) but the one before that was Harry Potter. That’s how often I bother to go to the cinema. For me, the world in my head is much more rich than anything Hollywood can put on the tube. My 11 year old daughter is very much the same way. Nose pressed in a book with two standing in wait
    And Pat… I am so with you on the audio books. I am a visual learner. I need to see the words in order to make the picture. And I need the words to flow at my pace. I’m a control freak. What can I say?
    Nina, who can’t/won’t listen to talk radio either.

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  33. Hi Edith.
    Love your post as always.
    Books read… well I’m sitting here at my writing desk, fingers typing away with four WW’s books sitting on my left and three on my right. Two of them I’ve read and THE SWORD MAIDEN is upstairs on my night stand, nearly finished. I read about two books a month.
    Across the room is my bookshelf where last year’s reads sit at odd angles upon the shelves–everything from Amelia Atwater-Rhode’s vampire series to Tamora Pierce to Anne Bishop. Who knows how many books are in the attic. I’ve lived here for nearly 20 years.
    As for TV, I watch very, very little. And movies… I did just see the second Pirates movie (very yummy) but the one before that was Harry Potter. That’s how often I bother to go to the cinema. For me, the world in my head is much more rich than anything Hollywood can put on the tube. My 11 year old daughter is very much the same way. Nose pressed in a book with two standing in wait
    And Pat… I am so with you on the audio books. I am a visual learner. I need to see the words in order to make the picture. And I need the words to flow at my pace. I’m a control freak. What can I say?
    Nina, who can’t/won’t listen to talk radio either.

    Reply
  34. I posted on this topic on a bulletin board this week. I received notice in two author newsletters of new blogs, and as I started to bookmark them, I realized how much online time is eating into my reading and writing time. I have put myself on a blog/bulletin board diet. I cut my list of regularly visited sites to six (Word Wences obviously is one of the six.)and imposed a time limit of sixty minutes per day. I don’t think it is coincidental that in the three days since I started this regimen I have read six books and written thirty pages on a research project. Of course, I am on summer break now, and such totals will not be typical once I am on regular semester schedule again, but I still think limiting online time is necessary for me.

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  35. I posted on this topic on a bulletin board this week. I received notice in two author newsletters of new blogs, and as I started to bookmark them, I realized how much online time is eating into my reading and writing time. I have put myself on a blog/bulletin board diet. I cut my list of regularly visited sites to six (Word Wences obviously is one of the six.)and imposed a time limit of sixty minutes per day. I don’t think it is coincidental that in the three days since I started this regimen I have read six books and written thirty pages on a research project. Of course, I am on summer break now, and such totals will not be typical once I am on regular semester schedule again, but I still think limiting online time is necessary for me.

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  36. I posted on this topic on a bulletin board this week. I received notice in two author newsletters of new blogs, and as I started to bookmark them, I realized how much online time is eating into my reading and writing time. I have put myself on a blog/bulletin board diet. I cut my list of regularly visited sites to six (Word Wences obviously is one of the six.)and imposed a time limit of sixty minutes per day. I don’t think it is coincidental that in the three days since I started this regimen I have read six books and written thirty pages on a research project. Of course, I am on summer break now, and such totals will not be typical once I am on regular semester schedule again, but I still think limiting online time is necessary for me.

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  37. *raises hand guiltily*
    I’ve read twenty-two books this year and that’s more than I read in 2002 – 2004 combined. Granted, I couldn’t just read; after being in some perfectionistic crit groups and writer’s communities, I couldn’t sit down and read without critiquing it. We’re not talking content level crit here, either, but prose-level. Even the little things jumped out at me like monsters under the bed. *sigh*
    I’ve managed to back away from the so-called “rules” and that’s helped a lot for being able to sit down and read a book without tearing it to shreds. (Cause, really, what’s the point of reading if you can’t enjoy it?) I’m still not reading as much as I used to — 100+ books a year, easily — but I’m just happy to be able to read again.

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  38. *raises hand guiltily*
    I’ve read twenty-two books this year and that’s more than I read in 2002 – 2004 combined. Granted, I couldn’t just read; after being in some perfectionistic crit groups and writer’s communities, I couldn’t sit down and read without critiquing it. We’re not talking content level crit here, either, but prose-level. Even the little things jumped out at me like monsters under the bed. *sigh*
    I’ve managed to back away from the so-called “rules” and that’s helped a lot for being able to sit down and read a book without tearing it to shreds. (Cause, really, what’s the point of reading if you can’t enjoy it?) I’m still not reading as much as I used to — 100+ books a year, easily — but I’m just happy to be able to read again.

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  39. *raises hand guiltily*
    I’ve read twenty-two books this year and that’s more than I read in 2002 – 2004 combined. Granted, I couldn’t just read; after being in some perfectionistic crit groups and writer’s communities, I couldn’t sit down and read without critiquing it. We’re not talking content level crit here, either, but prose-level. Even the little things jumped out at me like monsters under the bed. *sigh*
    I’ve managed to back away from the so-called “rules” and that’s helped a lot for being able to sit down and read a book without tearing it to shreds. (Cause, really, what’s the point of reading if you can’t enjoy it?) I’m still not reading as much as I used to — 100+ books a year, easily — but I’m just happy to be able to read again.

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  40. Yo ma! I think it’s way brave of you to admit this and I’m really surprised/impressed that others fessed up!
    As for me, I work in TV but don’t watch it (Shhh!), I work more than full time, I leave comments on blogs, am pregnant and haven’t even secured a stick of anything for the kid. However I am reading a cool biography of Hamilton and have vowed to finish it before fall. Over 1000 pages with small type no less — yipes! If only juicy paperbacks didn’t keep jumping the line, I might just make it.

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  41. Yo ma! I think it’s way brave of you to admit this and I’m really surprised/impressed that others fessed up!
    As for me, I work in TV but don’t watch it (Shhh!), I work more than full time, I leave comments on blogs, am pregnant and haven’t even secured a stick of anything for the kid. However I am reading a cool biography of Hamilton and have vowed to finish it before fall. Over 1000 pages with small type no less — yipes! If only juicy paperbacks didn’t keep jumping the line, I might just make it.

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  42. Yo ma! I think it’s way brave of you to admit this and I’m really surprised/impressed that others fessed up!
    As for me, I work in TV but don’t watch it (Shhh!), I work more than full time, I leave comments on blogs, am pregnant and haven’t even secured a stick of anything for the kid. However I am reading a cool biography of Hamilton and have vowed to finish it before fall. Over 1000 pages with small type no less — yipes! If only juicy paperbacks didn’t keep jumping the line, I might just make it.

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  43. I read as much now as I ever have. I also have to watch my pennies and one way I found to help with that was to try out new authors from the library and then buy the books for the ones that I really enjoy. this is how I discovered Julia Quinn’s books.
    I spend most of my day at work on a computer, so i don’t spend too much time on the computer at home and I rarely go to the movies. so, i tend to watch some tv and read a lot. I was never able to get into the audio books. I have tried a couple, but always end up tuning it out or not paying close enough attention. And I don’t think I will ever buy a full e-book. I want to be able to grab the book and curl up in bed with it.

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  44. I read as much now as I ever have. I also have to watch my pennies and one way I found to help with that was to try out new authors from the library and then buy the books for the ones that I really enjoy. this is how I discovered Julia Quinn’s books.
    I spend most of my day at work on a computer, so i don’t spend too much time on the computer at home and I rarely go to the movies. so, i tend to watch some tv and read a lot. I was never able to get into the audio books. I have tried a couple, but always end up tuning it out or not paying close enough attention. And I don’t think I will ever buy a full e-book. I want to be able to grab the book and curl up in bed with it.

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  45. I read as much now as I ever have. I also have to watch my pennies and one way I found to help with that was to try out new authors from the library and then buy the books for the ones that I really enjoy. this is how I discovered Julia Quinn’s books.
    I spend most of my day at work on a computer, so i don’t spend too much time on the computer at home and I rarely go to the movies. so, i tend to watch some tv and read a lot. I was never able to get into the audio books. I have tried a couple, but always end up tuning it out or not paying close enough attention. And I don’t think I will ever buy a full e-book. I want to be able to grab the book and curl up in bed with it.

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