Is reading your hobby, your obligation or your life?

Philippines
March 31, 2008 11:27pm CST
Since I was young, I have been given the love for reading. I don't know why but I really loved the story of the Three Little Pigs. I also love to read and to be read to other common Fairy Tales since I got this huge Fairy Tale book my Aunt gave me. This love for reading continued to Baby Sitters Club and Nancy Drew. Then to mature paperbacks like The Da Vinci Code and V.C. Andrews' writing. I feel really blessed that I have this love for reading. Even through textbooks, I feel the urge to read and gain knowledge or information. It's like a simple knowledge inquisition that started since birth. I really liked it when my imagination is being widened and is challenged. Do you have the love for reading? Is it your hobby? Is it your life? Or is it just plain obligation?
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• India
1 Apr 08
well , reading was my life when i was 16-20 of age but now its my hobby because i have so many works to do as my interested things in my current life like playing guitar.... thanks !!!
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• Philippines
1 Apr 08
Well, yeah, reading wasn't really my life right now since I'm busy with my studies. You have quite a lot of leisure right now. :) Good luck to your endeavors!
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• India
1 Apr 08
thanks for your comment ..........bye
• United States
1 Apr 08
I didnt go into college straight after high school but now just went back last summer, Im 26, but man its tough when I have so much studying to do and Im itching to just READ a book of my OWN, man its great diving into a book at the end of a semester, it really made it so much more exciting but during the semester It's hard when I cant fit the time in for a book and thats why i became so into magazines since starting up school again because i can get the scoop on whatever i want (literally, borders as SOOO many magazine) and it only takes a few pages at a time to fit in.
• Canada
1 Apr 08
I really enjoy reading. It helps me learn about different things. I love getting emotional from reading books, just like some people do with movies. Right now I am reading War and Peace. Its a bit more challenging than books I am used to reading, but it is written beautiful. I am also glad that I can read well. I have never had a problem with it. My favourite book is A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. I also like The Pact by Jodi Piccoult.
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• Philippines
1 Apr 08
Wow, you have some quite a taste with books. I believe learning is the primary reason why we read. Well, I guess for me, even if I'm not entertained, as long as I am learning, I'll continue reading. I really love books with a political theme. It adds some spice to the setting. Yeah, reading well is quite a blessing, especially that our vocabularies expand.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
I have been hearing alot of great things about Jodi Piccoults books and really liked an interview i read about her. Right now Im checking out AMY TAN's The Joy Luck Club to see what I think of it. But, as you probably know, I am reading a autobiography--Brooke Sheilds 'Then Came the Rain', I am excited to get into James Frey's book and the thing I love about books is you can just step into a character and analyze it from all different angles, its great.
@marababe (2513)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
I never thought of reading as an obligation. I grewp up reading fairy tales and young adult literature / novels. For me, reading is more than a hobby. Saying it as my life would be exaggeration on my part. I just simply LOVE to read. From Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley (kids,jr high,svu, all of it!) to Dan Brown's to Nicholas Sparks to Stephen King to Mitch Albom to Paolo Coelho to Disney's fairy tales. I LOVE them all.
• Philippines
2 Apr 08
Wow. That was well said. :) Reading really did become your passion. :) Good luck to your future reading and your endeavors. :)
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@paid2write (5202)
1 Apr 08
I have been an enthusiastic reader all my life. I have gained an education from books and increased my knowledge about the past and about places I will never have the chance to visit. I have read a lot of biography and autobiography, so I have seen life through the experiences of others. Poetry and literature have given me a love of words and language. And I continue to be entertained and informed by reading good fiction.
• Philippines
2 Apr 08
I have been inspired by your response. :) I agree with what you said. You have enlightened me the real meaning of literature. Well, reading has been basically the best way where I can be informed and entertained at the same time. I don't like reading junks like magazines. I want to expand my vocabulary. I want to widen my imagination. :) Thanks for the response!
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I started reading in grade school, going to the library every week for more and more books. I've never stopped. I like to read a variety of books from detective, to romance, horror, biographies and cookbooks too. I also read the newspaper everyday and while that is my choice, sometimes it feels like an obligation to know what's going on.
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• Philippines
1 Apr 08
It seems like reading already became your life... and that's a good news. I think continuous knowledge inquisition would lead to bountiful supply of values and virtues. Oh well, I think I should already be an avid fan and daily reader of newspapers since I'm already growing into maturity. It's time to change phases. :)
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• India
14 Jun 08
same. Love Reading. When i was a kid, i started with little graphic books with a few sentences.Id ask my parents that why dont they put in more words so the story is better told. Growing up, i too switched from Hardy Boys, Goosebumps, Sidney Sheldon, Dan Brown, L Ron Hubbard to Leon Uris. Reading, probably one of my 5 first loves (Good Music, Good Food, Good Women and internet being the other 4). Reading is my life, i wouldnt be if i didnt read.
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@academic2 (7009)
• Uganda
2 Apr 08
The reading culture is on a nos dive today, fewer people enjoy reading and the reason perhaps is because of the hassles of life-work, work, work keeeps youaway from books even if it were just somekind of a hobby
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@crazeMD (196)
• Philippines
2 Apr 08
eversince i was small, reading is a big part of my life. from fairytales to suspense up to the sturdy and thick volumes of my medical textbooks. i love reading. i feel like i'm in another world, another dimension, empathizing with the characters in the books i'm reading. it's always a new adventure for me. :)
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@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
2 Apr 08
i do love reading since i am a kid but when the internet comes my hobby of readings gone. most of my friends said to me that i am a wide reader but it's different now. all of my extra time i spend to my computer. i don't want reading anymore except i am force to do so if examination in our school comes i need to read my notes so that i passed the exams.
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• United States
2 Apr 08
Reading is a hobby for me and an obligation, but I would never all it my life because if reading were my life, that would mean that I do it all of the time, and I do not. I love reading comic books, graphic novels, science fiction novels, and factual books.
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@nufxed (5)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
I'm a history major, so reading is a huge obligation. each sem we get at least 8 inches worth of readings that we have to slowly digest. it is fun to read about the meiji era, the communists, the indian nationalists, but at some point, if the author just drones on and on with event after event, you WILL fall asleep over the text. some things i've read for pure learning. i happen to like environmental science, so i read an entire textbook of it before freshman year (and aced that subject when i took it! :D ) Often though, with the amount of required readings we do have, i dont have the time.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Apr 08
I love reading in actual fact before the internet came along I was always reading, always had my head in a book, then my reading stopped when the internet started! But now I do try to read each night before I go to bed. I love reading detective novels and horror stories and mostly fiction. I find it very relaxing and I usually take a book with me when I go on holiday or when I am travelling long journeys on the train. I have read and loved all the Harry Potter books too!
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
1 Apr 08
Reading has been my hobby for years now. I am a member of a library and get books on management issued quite often and go through them. Infact i make summaries of what i have gained from them and try to implement them in my daily activities. I being a cost accountant also love to go through books which could give guidance to cut costs. I go through the anunnal statments of large corporates and try to find means by which they have tried to curb costs especially power bills and better utilisation of availabe resources, recycling of wastes to generate income.
@cvrmom (181)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I discovered books with Walter Farley's Black Stallion series in 7 grade working in the school library. I read all sorts but I have to say my favorites are SciFi and Fantasy. SciFi can let your imagination really soar. My mother reads simple romance books and loves them, but I love huge books that develop the characters more. I really love series that keep the characters growing like David Weber's Honor Harrington series.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
Book - Read a Book
Actually reading is my habit, without reading a book I feel something missing from my life. I like to read any book to increase my knowledge in any field of life.
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
1 Apr 08
its my hobby as of now. as i am now into job, its no longer obligation until and unless i read some to get technical knowledge. from childhood i have enjoyed it too much.that time had to read for study purpose. now i enjoy it.
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• Pakistan
1 Apr 08
I guess its in the blood my grand ma used to be a writer as well as her father was than my mother used to read alot aswell and my father used to bought us hundred of books whenever he takes a trip to other city so i guess i have read atleast 10,000+ books moslty local writers now i am using internet for reading aswell one can find so many useful books online aswell. I even read my course books like i am reading some fantasy book that feeling never let me get bored by it when i was in college i used to read around 3-4 books daily .. i think for me its not a hobby,obligation nor love but its like a challenge of life to read most of books relating to just anything from science literature to history before this journey of life ends...
• India
1 Apr 08
an obligation while reading fiction and hobby while reading non-fiction.
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@youless (93486)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Apr 08
Reading is one of my hobbies. I find it interesting and I won't feel bored to it. It's a good way to relax ourselves and learn from books.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
1 Apr 08
Reading to me is just to pass time, it's not a hobby to me.. But i wish i have the patience to sit down and read because some books are really nice and self enriching.. BUt whenever i pick up a book, i will just like scan thru it very fast and b4 i knew it, i've finished 1 chapter but dun really know wat the content is about.. LOL =D i guess i'm not the kinda person who knows how to read a book too.. LOL
• Philippines
2 Apr 08
That made me have a good laugh kun2349. :) I used to do that before, when I can't concentrate on the book that I am reading because I am thinking of other things that I need to do. Well, I must say that we all have to learn things. "How to read a book" is some kind of seminar. LOL
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
2 Apr 08
LOL ^_^ Right up to now, i have only really finished reading 1 book and it was like 18 yrs ago.. LOL