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Old 07-24-2014, 12:13 PM   #46
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Those discussing A Brief History of Time are much closer, though this book's a bit more technical than Hawking's.
More technical than Hawking?

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Old 07-24-2014, 03:41 PM   #47
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Hehe. It *is* a children's book.
So is LOTR (for teenage boys)


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Old 07-24-2014, 03:54 PM   #48
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I have a confession: I sort of knew what you meant. I just don't subscribe to the idea that growth can only be achieved through books that bore me to tears.
Boredom is a foolish state of mind. It is chosen. It's not the book's fault you aren't applying your mind to it properly.

If the book is of low quality or too difficult for your current reading level, and it impacts your comprehension, okay. But if you find challenging books boring, you've chosen that and you have no one to blame but yourself.

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Old 07-24-2014, 04:01 PM   #49
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So is LOTR (for teenage boys)


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Old 07-24-2014, 04:03 PM   #50
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That's because it IS a children's book.
Oh, I know, but the 'patronizing' tone of speaking down to children made it harder to enjoy.
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:07 PM   #51
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:26 PM   #52
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Boredom is a foolish state of mind. It is chosen. It's not the book's fault you aren't applying your mind to it properly.
That's just silly. It implies that every book written is worthy of being read. It also suggests that the author bears no responsibility for how his/her message/lesson/story is presented. Some books just suck. I'm not going to finish a book I think sucks.

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If the book is of low quality or too difficult for your current reading level, and it impacts your comprehension, okay. But if you find challenging books boring, you've chosen that and you have no one to blame but yourself.
Let's stop this, shall we? Challenging is not the problem. I have no problem with challenging. I embrace challenging. I don't find challenging inherently boring at all. It is dull, uninspired blathering (regardless of the difficulty level) that I find boring--and will only slog through that for so long before ditching it in favor of an author who understands that challenging does not get a "get out of being interesting free card." It's called "writing" not "telling."

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Old 07-24-2014, 05:52 PM   #53
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Since 2011 I've abandoned 22% of books started. This figure doesn't include the hundreds of titles I sampled and not purchased. I prefer not to waste my time with a book I am not or will not enjoy.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:06 PM   #54
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Boredom is a foolish state of mind. It is chosen. It's not the book's fault you aren't applying your mind to it properly.
If the book is of low quality or too difficult for your current reading level, and it impacts your comprehension, okay. But if you find challenging books boring, you've chosen that and you have no one to blame but yourself.
If finishing every book I start means I end up with such an elitist attitude filled with assumptions then I'll continue not finishing them.
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That's Ok. The growth portion of my life is over too. I'm actually striving to shrink a a bit. I already have trouble fitting me into smaller rooms.
I like your sense of humor.
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