Does anybody read books anymore?

@trruk1 (1031)
United States
November 7, 2009 10:28am CST
I talk to my friends and acquaintances about books I have read or am currently reading. A few recognize the book I am talking about. A very small number may have actually read it. For the rest, they just have blank faces. I do not mean just esoteric, obscure works that are only known to a select group. I mean classics like War and Peace or A Tale of Two Cities. I know many people who are working on college degrees and several who have already received a degree who have no knowledge of any of the great works of literature. It makes me feel like a dinosaur sometimes. Newsweek recently had a special listing of the 100 greatest books. I have read 80 of them. One I missed was Winnie the Pooh. I will continue to miss that one. I read a lot of books, but it is something I can share with very few of the people I know. I feel like some sort of dinosaur. Everybody wants to "Tweet", with 140 characters or less.
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• Malaysia
7 Nov 09
Classics is my favourite genre. I've not yet read War and Peace, but I read A Tale of Two Cities a few years ago. I love Oscar Wilde's works, and I read Jane Austen and some of the Bronte sisters' books. Also Frances Hodgson Burnett. One of my favourite classics is Wuthering Heights =)
@bunnybon7 (46684)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Nov 09
oh yes this is the first time i've ever seen someone actually say they LOVE wuthering heights i thought i was the only one in this day and time that even understands it. people always act like im a nut when i tell them i love and understand that story
• China
7 Nov 09
Even though we can take messiges on tv or internet, i feel that we could't give up reading books. Reading may let us calming and absorb knowleges more carefully. Most people said they have no time to read after graduated becouse of the work or the family, i treat is an excuse. I think if you want to reading, you may find the time. Your reading is so widely, it's your virtue, then i must learn from you...
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@drannhh (15237)
• United States
8 Nov 09
Welcome to myLot. I love the classic books, and have encountered many other people here on myLot who love them too. I have read Winnie the Pooh! But not recently. But I have also read Beowulf and El Cid (in English, Spanish, and French--you can tell I liked that one) and everything that Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton wrote. I've read Don Quixote (in English and Spanish) and the Song of Roland (in English and French) So if you are a dinosaur I must be one of those prehistoric bugs that got fossilized in some rock, lol. The heroines who shaped my character were Antigone and Cordelia, references to whom are lost on quite a few folks I know, but the one that really shocks me is how many people never heard of Kafka's Metamorphosis.
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
10 Dec 09
Outstanding! I could read French many years ago but through disuse I have lost it. I suppose I could pick it up again fairly quickly but time flies. I am appalled at the education (or lack thereof) that our children get in the public schools. They learn no geography (many, if asked, would place Alaska in the Pacific, just below Hawaii, the way it appears as an inset on a map), very little history, and they do not seem to even get exposure to literature. I wonder what exactly they do with their school days and all the homework they supposedly have. Kafka is not well-known today, maybe because he scares the people who do encounter his work.
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@drannhh (15237)
• United States
10 Dec 09
They should stop fearing Kafka and start fearing ignorance instead. Truly! I hope you are enjoying myLot. It takes some getting used to but really is a great place to find out what is going on all over the world.
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
7 Nov 09
Hi trruk, I'd be interested to see which 100 books they are considering the classics these days, and it's not just reading the most famous book of an author,it's discovering the other books written by the same author too. Whilst never getting into War and Peace for some reason, Tolstoy's Resurrection always stands out as one of my favourite books. A good grounding in the classics should be introduced early as there is so much inspiration there.
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
8 Nov 09
If War and Peace seems too daunting (and it is huge) try Anna Karenina. It will break your heart.
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
8 Nov 09
Oh it wasn't too daunting, I just never got into it, as I say the most renowned books by an author aren't necessarily their best works. Anna Kareninia is a wonderful book but of all Tolstoy's writings I believe nothing surpasses Resurrection, that one I really recommend most highly.
@deebomb (15315)
• United States
7 Nov 09
Yes a lot of people are still reading books. I don't like to read books on the internet because it's not very comfortable. I like to take my books to bed to read part of the time or sit in a big comfy chair. I have a lot of different types of books I like to read. A good mystery or a historical novel. Right now I'm reading the "Covent" by James Michener. It is about South Africa from a very early time before the Dutch settled until about 1960. I like books that have some factual back ground as well as some fiction and Michner does that. He wrote books that covered sometimes generation and are very long. I have read some of the classics in the past and probably will again.
@deebomb (15315)
• United States
7 Nov 09
I forgot to welcome you to myLot.
• United States
8 Nov 09
I think it comes down to the matter of time. In the ever changing world it feels like all of us lose time. I'm a full time student and work part time so I hardly ever have any free time to read for my own enjoyment. I get tired of all the reading I have to do at school and then get tired after working that I'm just not in the mood to sit down and read and many times I'm way too tired to look at the page and not fall asleep. I wish I had more free time so I could read as I really miss it but in the changing world it seems like priorities change and everything gets busier. :\
@naoimi09 (106)
• Philippines
8 Nov 09
Novels, especially by Nicholas Sparks are my favorite.. I have read a lot of his books, to name a few are; The Notebook, At First Sight, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, and a lot more.. His books are so great especially the twist he offers in every pages of his novels. He is really one of the great author in recent time... I hope you can read some.. There are a lot of lessons in his writings and it can help you realized how important love, time and respect in every relationship.
@naoimi09 (106)
• Philippines
8 Nov 09
Also, writings of Paulo Coelho and Mitch Albom are great....Try to read some it Guys...
• Philippines
7 Nov 09
People have different likes and dislikes. I have met a lot of people and knowing what they like to do and hate to do, plus chatting most of the time with fellow students on this matter, people have different sides corresponding to the personality that they have. PEople have different personalities and that is a fact! some people would much appreciate to listenrather than to read. I myself would appreciate things if i hear and see it with my own naked eyes. No matter how i try to appreciate reading, i just cant start to fill my imagination to move and wander off. I am simply weak at imagining things while other people are really good at making their minds fly and discover millions of floating ideas while on air. It depends on nature and nurture, whether the child is taught at a younger age to appreciate reading rather than other things, or the child is taught to be good at other things. With the people you think just tweet, I am one of them and Iguess, there are other ways to kill the cat right? good day!
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
8 Nov 09
Whatever works for you, my friend.
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
7 Nov 09
I still read books. In fact, I love books. I do agree that people these days have become lazy but there are still people out there who like to read books. I've read quite a lot of books, too, not limited to fiction because I am also interested in Classics and Literature. Sometimes people say I'm a dork because I like to read those kind of stuff. Oh well. It's something I enjoy anyway.
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
10 Dec 09
I've been called a dork, too. And a nerd. And a bookworm. And some other stuff that does not belong in polite company. I have also been called a genius. I think probably they are all wrong. Labels just don't fit.
@dodo19 (42558)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
7 Nov 09
I love reading! It's an addiction. You cannot stop me from reading! I'm really opened to different types of literary genres. I'd have to say that my favorite genres are mysteries, detective stories, and such. They are the genres that I read most often. However, I do enjoy reading classics, biographies, poetry, and such. I really love reading different types of works and such. Ever since I was a kid, I kept on reading one book after another. It's an addiction that I haven't lost, and probably will never lose.
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
27 Nov 09
Mysteries and detective stories? John Grisham, James Lee Burke, Jonathan Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell, John Sanford. All of those people can spin a yarn that will hold your interest all the way through.
@sensigem (37)
4 Jul 12
The problem is we don't feel there is enough time anymore and reading a book may be seen as a bit of a waste. I used to be immersed in the stories, getting carried away with my imagination but now I struggle to read 5 pages in a row. I think technology has ruined my attention span but I have not given up reading yet. I was an avid reader but now I only read the newspaper regularly. Occasionally when I feel I have the time to read a book I find one that nobody else I know seems to have read. My most recent book (only about 20 pages in so far) is The Grand Design by Stephen Hawkings. Previously to that I read a couple from the Hunter S Thompson collection which was amazing and I found it hard to put them down (despite struggling to concentrate on the story, my mind ends up drifting). A Tale of Two Cities is used in a lot of schools/universities so I am suprised others haven't read it, although I couldn't tell you what that story is about at all. I suppose the problem is a lot of books are being made into movies, and many prefer to watch it unfold rather than dream it up themselves.
• Philippines
4 Jul 12
I love to read. It's something that I have been doing for almost throughout my life. My friends and family know me as someone who is very much into books and reading. I am totally happy when I receive books for gifts. I prefer to spend my money and splurge on buying books especially those on-sale. My books may even outnumber the clothes I own. E-books sound appealing to me, but it won't still beat the enjoyment that the old-school, book-reading that offers. I believe that despite the progression of technology, of the Internet and these social networking sites, some people would still remain loving and keeping books at their homes. Fortunately, I am still able to meet more people who are into this kind of pastime despite their involvement in different techie stuff. I hope you would still meet some people with the same situation, people who could relate with you. There really are much of them, even today. And they'd still prefer the books instead of Twitter, Facebook, etc.
• Philippines
10 Feb 12
Hello trruk1! I still read books. Sometimes, because of the nature of my daily activities, I would settle with ebooks. But yes, at times, I still pick up a novel and read to my heart's delight. I also encourage my students to read more. Not many people value reading nowadays.
@o0jopak0o (6401)
• Philippines
9 May 10
well book reading is really going out the window because of tv and the internet. i am also have or reading some classics. It is really sad that of you made a book reference they'll not know what you mean. there are more entertaining stuff in books than anywhere else
• Indonesia
4 Jan 10
I read books. But, I never read old books, It hard to find it in my country, Indonesia. I just read popular books like Harry Potter or Twilight saga. And sometimes I read Edgar and Ellen. Most of books that I read is not Indonesian Book. I just love other country books!
• Philippines
4 Jan 10
Me, I read books. I love rading books but unfortunately I haven't read Tale of Two Cities, I haven't read that kind. I am more on novels. Actually I search for a book on the net, the best one to read but when I searched on bookstore, some books are not available there which leave me disappointed. I go for fiction books instead like books from John Grisham and Stephanie Meyer novels. To be real when I am receiving books as a gift, it is greatly appreciated. For me books are knowledge and I admire great author.
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
9 Dec 09
As a used book seller myself I certainly hope people still read books. But since my business has cut literally in half I can probably honestly say they are not reading them as much as they used to, or else they are getting their used books more locally instead of getting them on line. But I still sell about 4 or 5 books a day so people are certainly still reading, but there may a few less people that do then there used to be, of course there are those kindells now too.
@bunnybon7 (46684)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Nov 09
i read books all the time still even tho i spend an awful lot of time on the pc. now, iam finally catching up with all them many, many books i've collected and was going to read some day. now that im retired and go outside to smoke i read while im out there
@titansaha (188)
• India
8 Nov 09
Hi trruk1 Reading is my passion and reading remains incomplete if one does not read classics. I love classics and have read several of them. Reading classics increase our depth of knowledge of literature and teaches us to think logically. I love Pride And Prejudice, Gone with the Wind, War and Peace etc.etc. Keep reading and god bless.
@LaurenInLA (2271)
• United States
8 Nov 09
I could never give up books. I love everything about them. How they smell, how they feel in my hands. I love the deliciousness of printed words on a page. I'm not much of a classical reader any longer. I just read things that I enjoy. I tweet as well but there's always a book that I'm sinking my teeth into.
8 Nov 09
I still read books. I read different kinds of books. I like fictional and mystery books. I also like classical ones. I enjoy rading as much as hanging out with friends or any other hobby I like. People maybe don't have enough time to read books nowadays.