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Do you read for fun?

Asked by shockvalue (5797points) April 29th, 2008

I do, but I’m hard pressed to find others who share the pastime.

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shrubbery's avatar

oh yes indeed it’s my favourite past-time

soundedfury's avatar

I read constantly, but how is it you can’t find others who do? Don’t they have bookstores where you live?

wildflower's avatar

I’ll admit it’s been a while since I picked up a book just because I wanted to. I seem to spend most of my time reading something work or college related…....except for online blogs, articles and fluther debates, of course ;)

mzgator's avatar

I love to read. My Mom reads four to five books a week, and luckily for me, she passes them to me. My daughter loves to read also.

My husband hates to read books. He does not understand our love of reading, but he appreciates what reading does for a person. My daughter has a very broad vocabulary , is well spoken , is well rounded, knowledgable and a good speller all because of reading, plus she enjoys it.

Foolaholic's avatar

Hell yeah I read for fun! I’ve probably read more books in my life than I’ve seen movies. I’m currently working my way through the frozen thrones series by George R. R. Martin, and let me be the first to tell you that very few authors can twist a plot line like he can.

PupnTaco's avatar

Sure do. Although I hear the practice is in decline.

syz's avatar

I’ve usually got two books going concurrently. I spend more of my disposable income in bookstores than anywhere else.

coffeejunk's avatar

i read a lot, and mostly it’s for the pleasure of it. there are few things that keep your imagination working as reading does. :)

caly420's avatar

ofcourse….right now im reading the best nonrequired reading 2007 edited by dave eggers (love him)

ccatron's avatar

i like to read menus…does that count?

mteutsch's avatar

Yeah, I read for fun and enrichment. I am irritated though because my wife reads for fun; however, we don’t read the same things, and we can’t talk about them. Same goes for my daughter. She’s 20 months old, and attempts reading. I can’t carry on any discourse about books with her either. I can read to her though.

gailcalled's avatar

Reading = breathing for me and 9/10 of family.

@mdeutsch; we’ll (or some of us) will talk w. you about books, or at least share reading lists.

mteutsch's avatar

I know you will. Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of James Baldwin. Next week, after grading, I need to reread soem Dante for an essay. Very divergent texts, I know.

marinelife's avatar

I consider reading as vital as breathing, but it’s fun too!

jaeger's avatar

I do :D

I am currently reading Render Unto Caesar by Gillian Bradshaw.

skfinkel's avatar

Yes, always have a few books going.

ljs22's avatar

Yes, and I generally stay up waaaay too late doing so.

delirium's avatar

There is honestly nothing I enjoy more save for perhaps painting.

peedub's avatar

For sure, it’s right up there with other things…

richmarshall's avatar

We love to read.

My wife is in a ‘Book Club’ where they meet once a month to discuss the book they all read the previous month…....oh, and too drink!

peedub's avatar

@RM- I like combining the two.

scamp's avatar

I love reading! I do it mainly for fun.

ketoneus's avatar

I do and I love it. Unfortunately, reading time too often gets cut short by too much time on the internets.

buster's avatar

reading Chuck Bukowski books is fun.

arnbev959's avatar

Since you’re asking this on fluther, of course the answer is going to be an overwhelming Yes. Fluther people are awesome. Sadly, however, outside such a prestigious community of intelligent, distinguished intellectuals, most people hardly ever crack a book open.

gailcalled's avatar

Off-topic: @speaking of crack, why the user name @peterthepothead? Perhaps something less subtle?

Allie's avatar

Yes, I read for fun.

dayeshere's avatar

I love to read! I like to carry whatever book I’m reading at the time with me everywhere and escape into it whenever the mood strikes. Right now I’m reading Catcher In The Rye. Even though everyone else has read it, for some reason I haven’t.

arnbev959's avatar

@gail, my name isn’t really peter.

Britcraft86's avatar

Yeah, I do. I read about four books a week. But only romance novels. I’m a sucker for them, and yet still have time for a social life. Haha. What kind of books you like to read?

shockvalue's avatar

Non-fiction mostly, with the addition of philosophy, Oscar Wilde, Hesse, Vonnegut, Dumas and like individuals.

peedub's avatar

I love Hesse, which one’s your favorite?

NVOldGuy's avatar

Being retired, I am able to read for hours. I am a very lucky man because my wife has no problem with it. My choice is a mystery.

LauratheRockStar's avatar

Not only do I like reading for fun – I like reading aloud with my girly friend for fun. It’s Awesome! I highly recommend Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Princess Bride, The Golden Compass and The Twits for such endeavors.

scamp's avatar

I’m going to have alot more time to read now. I am working second shift, and it gets really slow after 6. so I will either read of fluther to stay awake!! Probably both!

zepoman's avatar

Lately I’ve been reading books from http://textonphone.com on my ipod touch. 20,000 books for free, mostly classics. Very handy when stuck waiting somewhere or when reading in the dark to avoid keeping my spouse awake with a bedside lamp. You can download hundreds of pages to read offline when there is no wifi. You can have several books going at once and the site will remember where you left off. Because of its convenience, I find myself reading a lot more since getting the iPod touch. So far, I’ve perused Twain, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, and completed the Bourne Ultimatum. Right now I’m almost done with Karen Armstrong’s “The Battle for God”. This is a gratifying synthesis of my
love of reading and infatuation with new tech.

tedibear's avatar

Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! I do other things for fun, but reading is in the top three, if not number one. My list shifts a bit.

Emdean1's avatar

I enjoy reading. It helps to take me away from reality. Its nice after a hard days work.

gailcalled's avatar

Daily, almost hourly, all my literate life.

TheKNYHT's avatar

I’m reading more of David Gemmell, awesome writer of fantasy heroic adventure; very inspiring! Great, life like characters, well developed plots and an eye for scenery.
Right now I’m reading his Stones Of Power series, not among my top fav of his, but still a good read!
Here, have a look!
http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=0345379012

I LOVE reading for fun; some think reading novels is a waste of time, such are interested only in non-ficiton. But I think that feeding the soul is just as important as feeding the mind. I do both, and read fiction and non.
Its in our stories that we often find and learn things that can’t be expressed in non-fiction.
I remember the movie with Anthony Hopkins called Shadowlands, and in it there’s a quote attributed to one of the character’s father: “We read to know we’re not alone.”
So true! We can relate to characters, their struggles, their personalities, their dreams, their pain. So often we can gain insight and helpful direction for our own life in such a context.

TheKNYHT's avatar

@NVOldGuy I really respect mystery novelists, especially murder mystery, because they have to construct a story by ‘reverse engineering’ in a way. They have to work through the actual murder backwards, making sure to leave incriminating clues along the way, BUT the secret is to make them obvious enough to be seen by the reader, but NOT so obvious that its a dead give away as to ‘whodunnit’. Of all the novelists out there, they are ones I admire most. Ironically, I don’t read too many mystery thrillers!
Any suggestions as to where someone like myself could start out?
Also science fiction writers! So much has been done already, its hard to find a writer with fresh ideas, and yet theres always someone out there doing it! They also have my respect!

kerryyylynn's avatar

Im constantly reading, to the point where my friends tell me that Im an old woman trapped in a fifteen year olds body. I have a lot of things about me that would make you agree with them, actually.

Kardamom's avatar

Reading is one of the great pleasures in life! It would be devastating if I were not allowed to read.

RedCode's avatar

for me – it’s just knowledge, where i can get it.
Think before you speak. Read before you think. ― Fran Lebowitz

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