A friend here just reminded me of something...

United States
January 20, 2009 4:00pm CST
I do so much love to read. I use to read one book a day. I'd not quit until it was done. I've not read many books as of the last couple of years. For one thing I don't have much time on my hands to read or I'm just flat out too tired to read the many books I have accumilated here to read. Of which believe you me I have hundreds. Litterally hundreds to read that I have bought that I'd love to read. I guess this means that I needed to start taking time to myself and start reading the many books I have and want to have. I also read books and literature online. I wanted to let you all know that we can get many books online for free. Go to googlebooks, in your google search. You can bring up many books in their entirety and some just inserts to peak your interests. I do like to print mine out or use to more than now as it used up much paper and ink, lol. So do you read a lot and do you read "real" books? Thank you for responding to my post.
4 people like this
12 responses
@Ithink (10500)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I didn't think that there was anyone else out there like me! LOL! Seriously I have so many books that are waiting to be read that it isn't even funny! I used to read a book almost everyday, but now it is like a few chapters here, a few there, where ever I can fit it in. This has been the last few years, since we got our granddaughter who is now 2. I still thou will see a book and just have to have it. Thank goodness my husband just smiles and goes along with it. LOL! So I do read but not as much as I used to and yes I read real books.
1 person likes this
• United States
21 Jan 09
lol, I guess judging from the response I got we are not the only ones. I buy books at yard sales and shops. I will get as many as peaks my interest. Like I mentioned before I have many that my mother gave me in bags about 10 bags totally full to the tops. I guess about 30 books in each bag. I am starting to read actual books again. I take them when I go to the doctors office and other times when I can use a distraction. I guess I just need to make time a few hours a days just for my reading and not just online, lol. We all must make time for ourself.
@Ithink (10500)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I cant keep away from sales that have books! It is like they call my name over and over! LOL! I have a lot of favorites too. My husband built me a wall to wall, floor to ceiling bookcase for the ones I loved. Problem it is over flowing. LOL!
• United States
25 Jan 09
I'm so sorry for the last reply. Yes, I do know what you mean. That's why we have a room that was turned into a library. My husband build shelves all on one wall the roll top desk is in the and a couple of charis to sit in. I also have other shelves in there. That is our library and it is full so much that we need to build shelves on two more walls, lol. Thanks for sharing.
@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Well, for the most part, I do most of my reading online. I always never seem to have the time to read a Book in person anymore, and even when I start reading one it seems to take me around a month or so to read it. So for the most part unless is it a magazine or newspaper lying around at work I get most of my information about things either via the News on TV, or via the Internet.
1 person likes this
@ellie333 (21029)
21 Jan 09
Hi Moondancer, I like to read a book sitting comfortably in a chair or in bed so to read online wouldn't be for me. It is great that you can get them for free online but prefer to lose myself in a hard copy. Thanks for sharing this though. Huggles. Ellie :D
• United States
21 Jan 09
I do know what you mean as I'm not the one that goes to that site, lol. My husband is..he told me about it and I thought some here might like to know about it. I have never been there myself. I'd rather have a book that I can be comfortable anywhere I wish to be than sitting at the computer kills my back even more with extra time spent here, lol.
• United States
21 Jan 09
I love to read when there's something that sparks my interests. Like the twilight series. call me a girly girl and cliche and whatever else but those books got me to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish there were more books like those. I do understand the little pet peeve about reading actual stuff on paper..I don't like to read actual books online. you know..it just doesn't feel like a book book if it's not in print.
1 person likes this
• United States
21 Jan 09
yeah, and I guess it is kind of a pet peeve as I too like to read from paper and that's why I always for the longest time printed them out and set them in something to make it a "book" to read. lol...until I kept spending too much on ink and paper. I do llove reading too and it does keep our minds sharp.
• United States
21 Jan 09
Hello moondancer,,It has been almost two years since I read a book.I use to have a house full of books.I could not do without having a book to read.I had so many I could have opened a book store. Then I had to sell my home and I left all of my books behind along with many of my other belongings when I moved..For some reason I can't explain I have not read a book since..I have no desire to read anymore..Not buying all those books does save a lot of money.I use to buy the same book because I would not remember I had read the book.I do not miss reading at all.
1 person likes this
• United States
21 Jan 09
I do understand mc as I went through this to some degree when I moved over 12 years ago. I still would read for a long time maybe a year or so then it got to be something that didn't mean much if anything to me anymore. When before I could hardly put a book down until I finished it and had to start another one right away. It was like my brain was starving for lterature. Then all of a sudden it had all it could handle for awhile. Then I wanted to read again and found that I couldn't remeber what I was reading no matter how hard I tried or how much I tried to concentrate on what I was reading, it did me no good. I got frustrated and quit. I even found I couldn't fill out forms or anything that had to do with reading. I just didn't comprehend anything I read. Then it started back almost as suddenly as it had stopped. Now I can read and comprehend most of the time. Which I am so greatful of.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
20 Jan 09
LOL--You sound like me. I have tons of books I've collected over the years of all kinds, not just fiction types. Some of the books I have are my old college textbooks that I still have believe it or not. I too used to read a lot, especially stretched out in bed before going to sleep, but now I seem to be too tired to read and it frustrates me no end...like you I'll just have to find and make the time to read. As for which type....I'm not a very good on-line reader. Maybe the "newer" generation that grew up on computers don't find it a problem but I do. I still like the idea of having a physical book in my hand to read rather than reading from a computer screen. Oh..here's a thought for you. I too sometimes used to print things up, but it does take a lot of paper and ink, so what I would do is go to the library, and use their computers and print things up...hey...it's free to do, at least where I am
1 person likes this
• United States
20 Jan 09
Thanks a lot pye. I do feel what you are saying. We just have a very small library which you must make an appointment for the internet usage. I have thought though to use usb sticks to download them to. I had 5 or 6 of them but I put my husbands books on them and need more as the last one I bought he also has it too. lol. I should just buy a bunch and half them with him, lol.
@yunzhige (311)
• China
20 Jan 09
I read real books.I cann't stare at the screen for a whole day but I can stare at the real book a day.I have many books in my sanctum that I'd love to read but haven't been read.I have a habit that read before sleep,so I decide to read those books one by one,and I believe I'll read all the books I haven't read now. Happy mylotting!~
1 person likes this
• United States
20 Jan 09
I do understand about the screen being bright and books are not. I have a habit of buying several books at a time and then not having time to read them all. I see I must make time for reading my books, lol. I have alibrary full of them and then several book shelves full too. Not to mention several brown grocery bags full that my mom gave me. I'm up to my eyes in books. lol
• United States
7 Feb 09
Hi moondancer, I love to read! Have you seen that movie from H.G. Wells, where he gets trapped inside a bomb shelter full of books? Magazines, articles, books, mystery, reviews, extreme sports news....just to name a few of my personal favorites. I prefer real books most of the time. However, friendly websites are fun too, and they save trees. Sometimes it's worth having a printed copy of something great. Thanks for an interesting topic! Meow & Ciao! * * **^.*.^
• United States
7 Feb 09
I too prefer real books and what happens when the computers go crazy from being able to learn from things and then we can no longer read what has come from research on computers and no more research can be done? There are little books out there to read. It would be a bad thing for us and the children.
@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
7 Feb 09
I doubt real books will be replaced by ebook, for one thing, it's much easier to carry, and folks like us do like to read on the train or bus. Even on long distance flight, reading a book is better than using a laptop, takes up lesser space as well. Printing out story online is not that cheap either, dare not use company's printer to print the whole book. Only when boss not around and everyone on leave, then I dare to print a few pages to read.
@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
7 Feb 09
I love reading too, love to read "real" book. Somehow love the smell of books. Paperback has a different smell than those table-top books. Used to buy books, but find that I never get to read those books I bought. But those books that I borrowed from library, with due date 3 weeks from now, those are the ones I read with urgency. Tried reading online, really bad for the eyes, so stick to real books.
• United States
7 Feb 09
I know what you mean about the smell of the books and nothing smells better than the leather binders having many of them in the library makes it smell good. Reading online I don't care to do not only is the glare hard on my eyes but sitting there in on place for so long is really bad for my hips and my back. This is why I print them out and then read it. I haven't done this in a long time though. I have bought way too many books that I have yet to read and I know that I will get more as I have this addition to getting books. lol
@parthu28 (499)
• India
26 Jan 09
I love to read books.It has always been my favorite past time.How ever busy i am i make it a point to give some to do something i really enjoy.Though the time i give for reading has reduced considerably i did not stop altogether.I read before i sleep and thats when i dont get time in any part of the day. There are many books available on line for free download and its particularly helpful for people like me who would like to read tons of them but have a few bucks to spare.
• United States
26 Jan 09
You are right, when we don't have the money to spend on things that we would like to have like a book the internet is a perfect place to get books that we would like to or must read. The library is another place that is great for getting books to, you can borrow them for2 weeks and then return them. Also they have wonderful book sales a couple times a year. Reading is one of my favorite things to do too. Thank you so sharing. Welcome to the lot I'm sure you will find many good people here.
@dmrone (751)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Hi Moondancer. I do love to read. I like books that take me away from the everyday doldrums. It is the "me" time. I usually have to read after my children are asleep to have enough peace to read. I have read a few excerpts from online, but i prefer to read in bed. Sometimes i get so engrossed in reading the book i lose track of time. It is hard for me to pass the book store, or book aisle without picking up a new book that has caught my attention. I have alot of books, and i prefer hardbacks.
• United States
23 Jan 09
Hello dm nice to meet you. I do so much love that as well all you said is so true of me except the part about reading in bed. I use to every night. I couldn't, wouldn't go to sleep without finishing a book...weither I had just started it or had started it earlier in the day. lol It's just something I have a quirk about, I too get engrossed in the book and can not put it down and want to finish it. I have fallen alseep many times holding the book in my hand. lol I collect books regularly. I shouldn't buy more until I read many of what I have, but it's just something I can't do. I have both paper backs and hard backs. I too prefer hard backs in many of them. If I plan to keep them I get hard backs. I love to start going to signings of the authors they would be such a rush for me. I must start reading again in bed and get back into the routine I use to have. Welcome to the lot. I know you will enjoy it here. Thank you for your response.
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Your situation is typical. I'm a writer and we have to read as part of our occupation. It helps to know what's being said out there so we don't write the same thing. However, even I am becoming too busy trying to get writing jobs and apply for grants to actually read much. I resolve that I will read four books a month. That's a pretty big down turn for someone who read 40 every month until she went to college. The trick is to schedule a reading time just as something you do for yourself and don't let other people interrupt it. It also helps that I've discovered audio books which I play on my computer while I myLot. I'm a big fan of multi-tasking, and since I can't write in silence anyway unless I'm dictating this serves two purposes with only one block of time.
• United States
22 Jan 09
That is a wonderful idea as we have many books on disc as we use them when driving. I too am a multitask person I watch or do something else as I'm here. I'm the type that has to being doing something or two or three somethings all of the time. I hope things work out for you with the grants and all. Can you IM me about the grants and tell me what to do about getting them? I sure would appreciate any input. Thanks so much for the ideas and your news.