I have trouble with reading sometimes.....

United States
August 3, 2010 10:45pm CST
Let me start! If the book is full of words I am not familer with with and I am using a dictionary alot that is one problem! I read alot of books more then once because I forget alot of the story from the first time! Then there is trying to imagine would things look like in the book. I have trouble with alot of stories that take place in different time periods,like the late 1800's for example. If I can't picture what something looks like I get realy frustrated! Using the internet helps but not all the time! Am I the only one with these reading problems?
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@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
4 Aug 10
Big problem for me as well. I sometimes re-read over a paragraph, sometimes even a long sentence, for 10 minutes at a time, until I can feel and understand 100% what is going on. Sometimes I can read a page in 1 minute, then at other times it takes me 15 minutes. It is not that I do not understand what is going on, but I think I truly want to know and feel what is going on. I try and read the sentence and get an idea in my mind, and if I don't see that idea, I keep going over and over until I do. I think this is a mild form of OCD, because I have some of the other smaller symptoms. But, I don't really believe in disorders; I don't like the terminologies; I think they are more of behavioral characteristics, rather than problems( disorders). Many geniuses had problems like these(Einstein, Tesla, Michaelangelo, etc), so don't feel stupid or anything.
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• United States
10 Aug 10
At least I am not alone! It nice to hear from others who have trouble reading like me! I don't know if I have a learning disability or a disorder. I really don't know and it is no big deal that I do. It just gets frustrating at times! With geniuses I would add Bill Gates to the list! I hear he has a form of Asperger's syndrome! Of course we know what he become famous for! If Bill Gates wasn't around,computers wouldn't be the way they are now!
@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
10 Aug 10
Yep, and there are countless others. Most geniuses are very in tune in certain fields, and then terrible in others. Aspergers syndrome I think is more of a personality trait. If someone is obsessed with Mathematics, to the point where that is all they want to do, I would say it is just an obsession, not a disease/ disorder. But yes, a bunch of well known geniuses, both modern and ancient, did have "it". I am a bit obsessed with numbers, relations, patterns, and some other things. It can be good at times, but, at others also bad.
@T_Diamond (965)
• New Zealand
4 Aug 10
aah, I don't mind reading books that are chunky with fancy long words and barrel full of descriptions. I know my english well enough to understand any style of writing, but would I enjoy a book that uses big, complex words, instead of simpler ones? One that used 25 words to say something that could have otherwise said in 5? - Probably not. I've read some great, simple, easy books that don't use complex words and I enjoyed them. Your english sounds fine according to the discussion you wrote up...just one little thing... "alot" is 2 words
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• United States
10 Aug 10
I used to read a lot of simple books and one day I decided to read other types of books! I was reading children and teenage books and here I was in my 30's! I still try to challenge myself and it can be frustrating. I do try keep on trying! I always forget a lot is 2 words! It is a bad habit!
• United States
5 Aug 10
I'm having trouble with Catch-22. It's set in WW2, and the way Yossarian (the lead character) is crazy but not is enough to intimidate me. Things that involve bait and switch or conspiracies tend to confuse me and makes me want to stop altogether. There are times when I just have to stop reading a book because I couldn't take the information or what someone in the book is going through. It's a cruel world sometimes. Writers can be nastier. (Don't mean that in a bad way!) :)
• India
6 Aug 10
Hi Readymaryjane, Catch-22 is a wonderful book. Do not try to read the book as if it a great philosophical treatise. Read the book like a normal book. You must have noticed that each chapter is named after a character. This book is about a group of soldiers who are posted in this pacific forward station in WWII. It really tries to show how people from different backgrounds like Yossarian, Milo, Bunbar, Orr, Appleby, Major Major Major sees the war. They are not crazy-its the war that is crazy. Try to read the book in that way. If a chapter bores you-skip it and read the next one.And read those little conversations - they are hidden gems.
• United States
10 Aug 10
Catch-22 is not my type of book. It sounds too complitcated and I am not crazy about war books! I like a challenge but Catch-22 or book like it would not be for me! I am in to romance,biograghies and certain suspense novels.
• United States
4 Aug 10
Well I've never had any problem with that before. If I come across a word I don't know... then I tried to deduce its meaning from the context. If I still can't figure out what it means then maybe I'll look it up. Most of the time though, I never bother. A couple words that I don't understand never gets in the way of me enjoying a book. I read loads of high fantasy novels, so almost nothing I read takes place on present-day earth. Or even earth for that matter. I've never had trouble envisioning what things look like.
• United States
10 Aug 10
I never have gotten into fantasy type books. With the words I don't understand it gets frustrating but I want to keep learning even if it means using a dictionary once in awhile! I am in to reading some romance novels,suspense novels and sometimes biographys. Before it was all children,teenage,animal and sports books! It was time to move on!
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• United States
10 Aug 10
Hey, I still read kids books. I happen to believe a good book is a good book no matter what age it was written for. So I read kids books, YA novels, and adult novels all rolled in together. Yes. I know. I'm a strange person. I think what you need to do is to just keep reading. Keep looking up words you don't know, and eventually you won't have to anymore. And you can always try to figure out a word's meaning by the context. It usually works for me.
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
I love books but i haven't read much lately. i have a wide collection of novels. Some where bought and some where hand me down from my old maid aunt. am confused what to read first and whenever i start reading one I ended up falling asleep. Before, when I travel alone I bring books with me to while away time. I also feel the same way like you I get frustrated when I can't picture out a particular place in the story. It takes me so long to finish it coz I kept repeating it until I can convince myself that I have understood and imagine the story very well.
• United States
10 Aug 10
I do that also! Sometimes I'll finish a book and then go back to read the parts over I had trouble with! Sometimes I just take my time reading a book so I don't get overwhelm which can happen when I read a lot at one time! I have collected alot of books. Some I bought,some were given to me. I will always be a reader.
• Philippines
4 Aug 10
Hi Blue65packer, I too have the same attitude in reading but I wouldn't want to consider that as a problem because when I find I am lost with the words used by any author, I just look for it in reference books like the dictionary or the encyclopedia which for me is a welcomed challenge. I love to look at new word meanings as it adds to my stock knowledge so that when I encounter again the same word I have more or less understood what the author is trying to say. I wouldn't say that I remember the meaning right away, but I keep a notebook beside me with a handy dictionary when I read. It helps a lot. Good day!
• United States
10 Aug 10
I think having a notebook handy would help me besides having a dictionary,which I use from time to time! It would make some of my reading easier! It is nice to know there are other people out there who have the same problem as me!
• United States
4 Aug 10
It has been a long , long time since I tried to read a book. But back when I did read I would have trouble when the author used words I wasn't familiar with. I have a vivid imagination I don't have problems picturing what is happening. And if a book is written in a way where I can't get into it , I stop.
• United States
10 Aug 10
Oh course I won't read a book if I can't get into it. I do have problems with authors who use words I am not used to! I will use a dictionary once in awhile to look up words! At least I try to broaden my horizon when I do that!
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