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Discussion: Reading for Fun v. Work

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I love reading. That's a true statement. However, it's not entirely accurate. How about "I love reading fiction"? Generally true, but it leaves out non-fiction which, though I don't reach for it as often, I still enjoy from time to time. Not to mention all the hour-long stretches down the Wikipedia rabbit hole. (One does not simply click just one link.)

Let's try specifying this statement one more time: I love reading for fun.

Some of you are looking at me and saying, "Duh, of course you love reading for fun. We all do. What are you getting at?" I'm glad you asked. ;) I'm studying for the LSAT and using one of the library's prep books to practice and get ready. Now, I do some reading for work, but this has been probably the first time since college that I've had to really sit down and study.

So, here we are: long stretches of staring at small print, racking my brain to work and make the connections. (Everyone still in school, I sympathize.) And it's not fun. It's tedious and annoying and certain sections require absolute focus, so I don't even feel comfortable diving into a longer/more complicated fiction book on the side- only, pardon the term, brainless reading I can push through to keep my Goodreads challenge on life support. And I found out doing too many analytical reasoning problems before bed leads to horribly complex dreams in which I'm still doing them...and they almost made as much sense in dreamworld. Not sure how. :)

Can reading be both work and fun? Yes, absolutely! Reading homework on your book of choice, anyone? Actually, reading anything that interests me or that I enjoy can be more fun than work- like those articles I read for Magazine Article Writing. I think it leans more into the "work" category when either a) you're not enjoying it, or b) you have to do so much busy work and over-analyzing that you want to burn the whole thing and be done.

Unfortunately, this current work reading has to be done, so wish me luck. :) What about you guys? Do you have any work reading you have to do to get to the fun stuff? Does school still plague your days and nights? Or is there any "work" reading you enjoy?

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  1. good luck! it's been a long time since i've had to read something other than for fun, i don't miss it! i always felt guilty reading something for fun in between the books i was supposed to read for school or whatever.. and oh yes the wikipedia rabbit hole. what does clicking one link mean?? lol that's crazy!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. The guilt factor is definitely present, but I don't want to fall further behind on the GR challenge either. Is a puzzlement. :(

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  2. The books I read for fun also count toward my work, so I'm lucky in that respect. Unless I get an ARC I "have" to read, and that automatically makes it less fun. As soon as reading becomes "required," I don't enjoy it as much.

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    1. I think there's probably something to "required" making it seem less fun, at least with some books. You are definitely lucky that the fun reading counts toward work! :)

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  3. I actually resented reading when I was in middle school and high school. The books we were assigned didn't appeal to me, so it ruined my appetite for books in general when I was a teenager. I didn't start reading for pleasure again until I was in college. Funny thing is, now I'm studying the books I read for pleasure because I want to improve my own technique as a writer. *lol* But that's an enjoyable and beneficial kind of studying!

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    1. I was a bit of the opposite. I loved reading in middle school and high school, though I rarely enjoyed the assigned books. College is when my fun reading petered out. I'm glad I picked it back up, but, like you, I'm almost always reading critically. It was a habit before, but the Writing major solidified it. ^^;;

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  4. I was so terrible at reading for school. Text books especially, I'd read a whole page and then realize none of it stuck. Even novels that I would enjoy. If I was being forced to read it, I didn't want to. I like to do everything in my own time. A lot of book reviews were faked in my school days.

    Good luck! I think about going back for another degree, and then I think about having to do homework :(

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    1. And that may be why school ruins reading for some people. :( I never had a problem with stuff sticking in my head, and I actually function better with deadlines, but I'm with you; I HATE homework. Which is a big part of why I've put off thinking about returning to school for so long. I love learning, but school? Not so much. Still, a necessary evil. :)

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