Discussion: Reading for Fun v. Work
Kel Monday, November 10, 2014 discussionI 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?