Do you have time for reading?

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@anetteh (3591)
Sweden
February 6, 2009 2:41am CST
Now days with the internet connection, I wonder how many of us have the time to read books. I usually did read books before I discovered how much fun it is to be connected and online. I found myself thinking I have not even read the news today. I liked reading books before, I could read tons of books. I get free books from my fathers brother who work as a sales man for a publishing house of books. But never seems to have the time to read them. Do You get your books from the store or do you go to local library? Or you even might read online? :) The days are to short, dont you think?Happy posting
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• India
8 Feb 09
Hello my friend anetteh Ji, Internet is only my pass time, it can never be replaced with my hobby of reading books Even yesterday I purcased four detective novels and I would like to read them. I always tell others, taht basic thinks of human life should always remain, others may help, but primary things should remain in tact. I am on internet, climax of story is coming, suddenly link is lost, due to many raesons, but charm of o Internet can never replace books May god bless you and have great time.
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
8 Feb 09
friend, maygodblessu44. God for You, bad for me. I have had lots of hobbies before I discovered internet, and how easy it is to make money online for free. And I am sorry, but reading and look at TV has come to the last place of my hobbie list. I need to login every day, and thinking, I will not be online to long, but after spending some hours, you notice, I have not done all the things yet. And You stay online some more....suddenly, its time to go to bed......reading a book in bed, I would sleep right away. Happy sunday, keep smiling..
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• India
9 Feb 09
Hello my friend anetteh Ji, I would express myself after I express my views after seeing a movie, when some one asked me my free and frank opinion about picture, I told taht I went for entertainment and not for doing reserach on acting/actors etc. That is not my life, cinema going is just to refresh myself, never to carry in my head. I sit with you right from 4'O clock in the morning, as I am unable to spare any of my quality time after wards, becuse of many other activities including reading news papers, playing with my grand-children reading novels etc. All these things are meant for me and I am not meant for them.May God bless you and have great time.
• South Africa
7 Feb 09
I love reading and the best timefor me is before bed as it helps my mind slow down before sleeping. But since I got married, I climb into bed most timesafter my husband and then the light is out! So I try my best to get some pages in before he complains about the light but it is hard. I miss my books! I have quite a collection but I borrow and buy either from shops or online or 2nd hand. Happy reading!
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• Singapore
8 Feb 09
Slow down? But when I read interesting books at night before sleep, it caused me to pass my bed time! So addictive lol
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
8 Feb 09
Happy sunday saffrondalls , welcome to mylot, and thanks for responding to my discussion. I hope You will enjoy it here. I am no longer a night reader, I use to be. However, I always fall a sleep before I even try to open it. I might be able to open, but no time to read one sentens. So I have given that up. I sometimes intend to see a programs before sleeping, but never ending up to see how the programs ended, I wake up the next day not even know I was a sleep. Yesterday my son said, when the time had past over midnight, can´t you sleep mum...Well, I have hade some days of from work, and it has really given me some time to regen my energey. Keep posting and smiling.
7 Feb 09
Coo - this is my first post to MyLot. Anyway, I'm responding to this discussion to say that I always read when I've gone to bed before I go to sleep. If I didn't then it would feel as though there were something missing and I wouldn't be able to sleep! The only trouble is that if the book has really got me in its grip I might stay awake far too long to finish it and then I'm really tired the following day...
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
DogArtist, welcome to mylot and thank you for your first post in my discussion. I will add you as a friend. You are lucky, I can´t even open a book before I went to sleep. Thinking about reading before sleeping is not going to work for me. And Yes, it is a bit struggling about a book that god so you can not put it away. I did so when I was younger and had more energy during a longer period in the days. Happy posting and have a nice evning.
7 Feb 09
Thank you very much! I don't really understand what I'm supposed to be doing about adding friends and things yet, so it's very nice of you to add me as your friend. I know - it's dreadful if I do stay up too late - I can't handle it these days - but if a book has really grabbed me then sometimes feeling awful the following day is just the price I pay.
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
7 Feb 09
Yes I have plenty of time for reading but I just pretty much have time all the time. I don't go to school anymore and I only work like two days a week so the rest of my time is basically all freetime which isn't a bad thing so I figure why not do some studying or reading because I love to read.
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
Enjoy the time as much as you can. The day you have a husband and kids those days are gone.
@spyglass (37)
• Australia
7 Feb 09
Yeah, what with having so many thing u can do on the internet, there is very little time left for reading. These days i'm not reading as much as i would like to be because of more interesting stuff i can do on the net such as watching shows :p I'm actually currently on a really good book called Schooling by Heather McGowan. It's written in a very original and unique style. ur really lucky anetteh to be getting free books. books are very expensive and my expenditure on them have been almost non-existent for quite a long while already. I don't like borrowing books because i will be upset if i can't keep a book that i happen to like alot. plus, i am generally a bibliophile. reading online? that's the worst. i would never read an ebook if i can help it.
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
Ok, hello spyglass. Welcome to mylot. Hope you enjoy it here. I have a favorite book. "The cavebear" the best story there is. But I like the type of books. I have all of them in my bookshelf, and from time to time, I do read them over again. But that time is rare these days. I wish the days were longer sometimes. But, again, no mylot would mean I would smoke more....mylot has actually helpt me reduce my smoking habbits...that is not what a book would do..my goal is to quit totaly..sooo.
• China
7 Feb 09
hi, anetteh. I uesd to read books before I go to sleep. It it become a good habbit. It's never too late to learn. I buy some books about computers, magazines or other kinds of books from the bookstore. I like reading very much.
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
God for You, you still read before sleep. I would not have time to open it before I went to sleep. I would not even have time to read the first sentense. Some still buy the books. I think the library will have much to do now days when people are saving money for more important stuff. I get mine free...
@comfort55 (1574)
• India
7 Feb 09
You are absolutely right anetteh, sometimes we wish that there was some more time in a day so that we can indulge in reading. Internet is taking lot of our time, which otherwise we would have given to reading. You just see my example, I'd come to check one mail which I was expecting, then got glued to mylot. This is why we are short of time.
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
As soon as you started the comuter and logged in to mylot or open your mails, you do not notice how quick the time passed away. Last night I was working on my website and suddenly the movie I intended to see, had ended....I was shore surprised.
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
6 Feb 09
I must admit that I read less printed media then in my youth, but because of the computer screen resembling just one page sometimes we don't notice how much we actually read. If you read articles, posts and blogs and the like you may read a lot more then you realise the other day I was reading through an article and since I needed to go out I thought I would print it and then finish reading it in a break, when the print information came up it was 40pages long, I was surprised. I agree with my brother as he was arguing with a friend that said that the same thing you mention that people don't read as much now as they did before, well he replied that we read just as much if not more but we don't notice it as much, we don't read books, magazines newspapers etc but if we were to print everything we read online it would probably be a lot more then people realize. I must admit I do still read books, not as much as before but I love to read in bed just before I fall asleep, or when I am waiting but I must admit that I do not read anywhere near the amount of books I used to read when I was younger.
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
6 Feb 09
Yes, I did not thought about reading all the pages you visit...Haha But it is something els reading a book. A novel, or a criminal nove...I like that sometimes. A way of losing the real world for a little while. Anyways....you read a lot of discussions here in mylot to..Even if it is not a book....but I guess if mylot would be a book.....many pages long..
• Australia
6 Feb 09
I try to read at least two hours every day (and more on weekends). Even so, I have hundreds of books on my bookshelves that I haven't read yet. I used to buy all my books, but they're so expensive that I've started to go to the library. I'm also a member of bookcrossing, which is great, as we often get together to swap books. It's good, because I know that the books I take along are going to other book-lovers, and I get a chance to pick up books that I might not have read otherwise.
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
6 Feb 09
Yes, books have tend to be more expensive. But I guess it has to do about the writers get money for their creations. I guess most of us go to the local library and make a loan of a book. Rather than buy it to keep. I hope you will be able to read all the books you have stored.
• Romania
7 Feb 09
I read a lot from the internet, but never books. I have books on pdf format but I cant stand reading a book in front of the computer. There's nothing better then relaxing on the sofa with my feet up and a good book :)
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@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
7 Feb 09
Hello anetteh! I can relate to you. When we don't have computer yet, I love to read books. Sometimes, I bought book from the bookstore, borrowed books from the library or from my friends but when we start to have internet, just like you, I rarely read books then. I mean, I haven't read books for 5 months now. I guess I am more hook with the internet.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
Yes, I have shore not read a book in a year ate least. I do some times take my time to read something about things that involve my work. It can be a broschyr or something like it. But to Read a hole book......it was a long time since I did....spare time is rare, and internet is a time stealer.
• United States
7 Feb 09
hahaha, you're right..especially mylot stole our time..
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
I shore do agree with you there. However, Mylot have helped me reducing my smoking habbits and that is far more happy thing for me than losing time for reading a book.
@patgalca (14414)
• Orangeville, Ontario
7 Feb 09
Yes, I am frustrated with myself that the internet distracts me that I don't read so much, nor am I doing the writing I need to do. I have tons of books in my house. I keep bringing in new ones but take forever to get around to reading them because I am just not reading as much as I used to. I literally have hundreds of books in the house. I just bought 3 more off Amazon this week. On the other hand, some of the books I have purchased I plan to read and then donate to my church library. I bought them with that intention. Getting books from the library makes it easier to read. I have a deadline. The book has to be back at the library in 4 weeks. That forces me to read the book. I should be doing that. I keep notes on books to keep an eye out for but when I check in at the library's computer, most of them are not there. So I spend money I don't have on books I don't have time to read.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
8 Feb 09
I Do not spend any money on books. I get them from my uncle who is a salesmen. But still, even though I have lots of books, free onece, I do not get the time to open them. Internet is far timeconsuming, and the time seems to go so much faster online rather tan offline. But I will try to read them somehow and sometime.
• Philippines
9 Feb 09
In my lifetime i have read so many books that i told somebody sometime ago i can spend a year locked up in the house doing nothing but read, read and read! That was when I was still young and single, no cellphone, no computer. I always brought books with me (borrowed or bought) everywhere i go and i never got bored, not upset even when a friend stood up on me coz when i'm engrossed in my reading i just forget to keep track of the time. But now time has changed. Unfinished books are on the shelf waiting, competing with mylot, the tv and my husband for my attention! Ok, enough mylotting, gotta join the love of my life and see what the soap operas got to offer...
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
7 Feb 09
I still read a lot. I always have a great book going. I share this computer with my daughter so it is good to have a book for times when she is on it. They also help to pass time when waiting in waiting rooms for appts. etc.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
so how are you balance the time between reading and being online.
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
7 Feb 09
I read in the car while waiting for my daughter to get out of her basketball practice and I read while eating my dinner and if I am waiting for a doctors appt. I also often read just before falling asleep. I am not constantly online. I pop on here in the morning for a short time to check my mail and usually after work late at night. If I get on here during the day, it isn't usually for more than a few minutes.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
I have been online since 08:00 this morning. And gosch the time goes so fast. I even forgot the potato on the stove..Lucky it did start to burning, and it still were eatble....Well, I try to read news when I wait for something and are not home.
• Philippines
7 Feb 09
Yes I still take time in reading books although I may say that my reading time is not as much as what I have before before i get hooked into my online earnings. I still got a lot of books for me to read. Whenever I travel I usually bring a book handy with me so that when i get bored i can read on my books. Reading have been one of my favorite pastime so the habit of it is still with me.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
Do you have a family to tend to. I have so I would not have time to do both. Make online money, and read books.
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• Philippines
8 Feb 09
I think I can have all the time that I like since i am still single but it would be a different thing if i have a family to tend of.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
8 Feb 09
Yeh, a family take a lot of your time. There are so many things to consider there. Kids to look after and parenting. A husband whom you need to look after as much as the children. My children are old enough to take care for them self. I only have to put the dinner on the table for my son. My daughter has her own place. I have a ex, but I do not need to look after him. And I am not going to have another man who take all my time I have for the more fun stuf I can do online. Happy sunday - Keep posting.
@zweeb82 (5716)
• Malaysia
7 Feb 09
Hmm, I used to read a lot as the habit of reading was cultivated since young. But nowadays, come to think of it, I even can't remember the last book title that I've really read finished? That bad huh? Haha
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
I have not read a book for I guess ten years. I start sometimes, but never end it. I guess it is more interesting being online....
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@zweeb82 (5716)
• Malaysia
7 Feb 09
Wow!~ 10 years is a VERY LOOOOOONG time, hahaAnd I thought I was the only one that hasn't been reading, haha
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
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@egdcltd (6705)
6 Feb 09
Even though I use the internet a fair bit, I still find time for reading. I buy all my books, both new and second hand, from a variety of sources. Whilst I do buy ebooks as well,, I tend to print them out before reading them, as I find reading on a computer to be fairly uncomfortable.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
6 Feb 09
I really tryed to read on the screen once but the text went so strange for me that I gave it up. Holding a book in your hand feels a lot better. And You can mark and leave the book when time for reading is gone. And go back to read again when ever You like.
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@egdcltd (6705)
6 Feb 09
I'm considering getting an R4 card for my Nintento DS, downloading one of the free text readers available, and basically turning it into an ebook reader. Won't work on pdfs, unless you copy and paste everything into a txt file, but that isn't too hard to do.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
6 Feb 09
Hope it works for You.
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
7 Feb 09
You are right up to an extent. Internet and TV have taken away us from the habit of reading books. I love reading, despite working here on the net. It gives me a kind of mental exercise and satisfaction. If I do not read books, magazines and newspaper etc., I cannot update my knowledge and cannot draft quality responses here. Working on mylot has got its own pleasure, where you instantly get connected with so many people and start exchanging your thoughts. Good Post!
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
7 Feb 09
You are so welcome, sometimes I do come up with a god topic to write about. I was thinking yesterday, when I worked online with my websites and noticed, when did I ever read a book last time, I guess it is about ten years ago. I have no longer the time for all the enjoyble things I like to do. I work full time, have a son with ADHD and AUTISM. And the time I have to my self, I like to relax and not read, think or do stuf that needs energy from my part. Being online is very relaxing for me so I rather use that than read a book, this becouse I always tend to fall asleep before I even started read the first sentens.
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
9 Feb 09
I feel I also face the same situations as you face and I also fall sleeping, while reading a book...............LOL!
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
8 Feb 09
on most days, i usually try and read most nights. i mostly read non fiction as i really like history. you need to do everything in balance, especially if you are like me and have a bunch of things that i want to do.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
8 Feb 09
Happy sunday to you cher913 Like you I have a lot of things I would like to do. But I do not prioritize reading. Perhaps I should, really. But being online is timeconsuming, and when I am online I happen to forget the time and soon it has gone to far long time and it is time for bed. Yesterday I stayed online from 8 pm to middle of the night, and I did not track the time, it just happen. But this evening I have to go to bed early, tomorrow is workday.
@balasri (26554)
• India
8 Feb 09
Yes I always read after my dinner at bed before going to sleep.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
8 Feb 09
Happy sunday to you balasri, god that some people find their time to read.
• China
8 Feb 09
Although the time for me is more and more little, I find it is important to insist reading. Now, we can read in many ways, such books, newspapers, magazines, and online. You can buy a book from store or just borrow it. So, it is easy to get reading and just takes a little time. For me, I still like reading books or newspapers, and usually borrrow it from a library.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
8 Feb 09
Happy sunday connieconstance, welcome to mylotReading is really important. It keeps your mind busy and educate you to. I do no longer have enough time to read novels or romans, but once in a while I read about topic containing things about my job, or my sons ADHD. I need to learn fod stuff about it. It can be usefull in working or for parenting.