Comitting to reading

I used to have this app Bookout which encourages you to look into reading just like into any workout – you have to commit and do your part. It’s supposed to help to track your reading, provide stats and bunch of other info which turns reading into a game. For some weird reason, all my books and data disappeared and I decided to store info about my home library somewhere more secure. While doing that, I realized how many books I have and how many are still untouched. So, I decided I would read all the books that I own before buying/borrowing anything new. And damn. It’s a hard job.

According to my library at Libib, I still have half of my library to go. Some books were gifts and I was reading one of those the other night and you know what? It was the worst book I have ever read. It was just 60 pages, all poems and I just couldn’t. It was so poorly written that each page was a torture. I still can’t understand who allows printing books like that. Then there are more serious books, which takes time and dedication to read. Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov is definitely one of those. You can’t finish it in few evenings but you have to patiently go chapter by chapter, page by page until you realize how great the book was. And there are books that are extremely easy reads which can be good, but still very easy to read. Despite the type of the book, it’s still hard to finish a book. Nowadays, with so many distractions and temptations, reading a book is just like a workout. You have to find the time and make it a part of your daily routine.

At one point of my life, I was tired of books and enjoying movies/TV series, youtube, Facebook or bunch of other meaningless stuff. However, once again I started reading. Daily, at least for half an hour. Even though it takes every, I couldn’t be happier with my new found love for books. I always laughed when saw the picture Stages of the Reader, but now I understand that there might be truth to that. So, at which stage of the reader are you?

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