Literary Blog Hop: March 8-11
March 9, 2012 29 Comments
The Literary Blog Hop is organised by The Blue Book Case. It’s a monthly event for blogs that discuss primarily literary fiction and classics. Hop over to The Blue Book Case if you want to join in!
This week’s discussion question is:
How do you find time to read, what’s your reading style and where do you think reading literature should rank in society’s priorities?
My answer: The short answer on where I find the time to read is that I don’t work or study. In principle, every day is for my to fill in as I like. In practice, there is a household with 2 teenagers and a husband to take care of, although that doesn’t take all day. So, I fill up the rest of my time with other activities, like blogging, exercise, socialising, etc.
As a rule, I don’t read much during the day. Just as I never watch day-time television, I don’t sit down to read. Except: I read at all meal times, at “coffee break”, and sometimes I steal an hour during the day when I have a book that needs to be finished soon. Mainly, I read in the evening. Because by then I’ve already done all the chores that working people need to do in the evenings, I can spend evenings (and weekends) reading. That’s the secret behind me reading so much!
My reading style: fast, faster! When I have a great book in my hands, I want to read it with great speed. If I have a not-so-good book, I want it finished soon, too. 🙂 What bothers me, are some literary books that you can’t read fast. I dislike them for slowing down my reading and I love them for being written so well. Mixed feelings!
In general, if a book takes longer than 4 days to read, I’m getting restless.
As far as society is concerned, I think it’s great when people read at all. Just taking out quiet time to put your nose in a book sounds like a good idea for everyone. I think it’s a pity lots of people get stuck in simple romances that are (for them) brain candy but don’t stretch them in any way. Still, reading those is better than nothing!
I would like it if people were shown some slightly more demanding books, under the guise of “If you like this book with the half-naked man on the cover, you might also like to read this book set in the 1960s in which Jane finds herself with a lover who seems to good to be true” (I made up that last bit). But what I mean is: a bit of encouragement and showing people some other books would be good. I think World Book Night does that a bit, but a few of the books there will still be way too intimidating for a lot of people.
What about you? Do you recognise this in your own reading?