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Old 07-14-2019, 02:38 AM   #31
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P.S.S.T. Don't tell anyone, but I've still only watched that first 6.5 minutes. I've been too busy reading to watch the rest yet .... ha ha ha ha.
That speaks about those those times we are living.
Lack of concentration.
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Old 07-14-2019, 05:50 AM   #32
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That speaks about those those times we are living.
Lack of concentration.
Those damned popup from books
Yep, for sure.

In my case, I have a short attention span for videos and a long one for books ... young people often seem to be quite the opposite these days ... and not only them.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:21 AM   #33
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Yep, for sure.

In my case, I have a short attention span for videos and a long one for books ... young people often seem to be quite the opposite these days ... and not only them.
I know what you mean about attention span for video. If someone I know sends me a link to a video that they think I would enjoy, often I don't even look at it. If I do look but discover it's more than a couple minutes long I probably won't watch it. But if a friend or family member whose opinion I value were to recommend a good book I might get it and read the whole thing!
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:56 AM   #34
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It's obvious... if you want to read more books, read more/spend more time. Or read thinner books. I mainly read on public transport, so the longer my commute is, the more I read. Nowadays, my commute is only 30 minutes, which comes down to reading one hour per day.

I use my own page count in Calibre, and it turns out that I read exactly 30 pages in one hour. (Confirmed by both the KA1 "Time to Read" and me actually timing it.) If I don't read in the weekend, I'd be able to read one 300 page book in 10 hours, or two weeks. This would put me at around 26 books a year.

According to Calibre, I actually do read 26-34 books a year (average 30), because I also sometimes read a bit in the weekends. Also, some of my books aren't 300 pages; most are actually 400-600 with some even longer than that.

So... surprise, surprise... even if you read for only half an hour a day, excluding the weekends, you can _easily_ read 13 books a year.

If you include all days:

365 * 0.5 * 30 pages/hour = 5475 pages in one year, it'd be 18 books a year.

Keep in mind that my pages are "longer" than those in a paper book. I just counted the words on a page of 5 paperbacks (standard mass market from Del Rey), and 5 hardcovers (Lord of the Rings, Musashi, Shogun), and averaged the wordcount and then used that for Calibre. A "page" in an e-book, in my case, has no margins, and there isn't any whitespace anywhere. A 300 page e-book would probably be 400 pages or so in paper, due to the whitespace.

Taking this into account, reading 20+ 300 page (paper) books a year with only half an hour of reading each day is no great effort. (Assuming you read at average speed and have no disability or anything.)

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Old 07-15-2019, 01:08 PM   #35
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I used to read over 100 books a year, but that often involved binge reading and staying up to the wee hours. I also got to the point where I was some kind of speed reader, and continually pushing myself. A good number of those books were epic fantasy ones of 800 pages or more.

Of course, life throws stuff at you and other interests and responsibilities come along, so a good year for me now, is about 60 books, though I read less than half that in the last couple of years. This year I am already around 30 so far, so looking good.

I still occasionally binge read, but not to the same degree as when younger, and I have many more breaks and distractions, and the resilience with lack of sleep is far less ... I must be getting old.

To be realistic though, books no longer grab me quite like they used to ... no doubt due to my more mature state of mind and the resulting critical analysis, which means I am not so easily enamored. I also find the pace of some writing to be tiring, so I will stop and have a breather, even if only a few minutes (perhaps make a cuppa) ... showing my age again.
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To be realistic though, books no longer grab me quite like they used to ... no doubt due to my more mature state of mind and the resulting critical analysis, which means I am not so easily enamored.
That's a entirely different, but interesting topic...

When reading a book, I sometimes I crack a smile because something is particularly funny, or I like a certain passage for some reason and I raise an eyebrow and think about it a bit. That's about it with regard to "being enamored."

Compare this to my girlfriend giggling continuously, laughing out loud and even squealing when reading a book (and not occasionally; sometimes multiple times per chapter, or even per page), and I often think to myself: "You're overdoing it. It's just a young adult fantasy novel... sjees."

Maybe I'm just old and grumpy (already).
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To be realistic though, books no longer grab me quite like they used to ... no doubt due to my more mature state of mind and the resulting critical analysis, which means I am not so easily enamored. I also find the pace of some writing to be tiring, so I will stop and have a breather, even if only a few minutes (perhaps make a cuppa) ... showing my age again.
This is why I've adopted the strategy of analyzing whether or not a book "works" for me. I don't think I've ever been reading one where I could tell it wasn't working for me but I flogged myself to keep reading it and it ended up being a good read. If a book isn't working for me then I put it down and start the next one. We have a good library system in my county and that's where most of them come from; I usually have at least a dozen sitting on my book table. There are way too many books available so why should I waste my time reading books that I don't enjoy?
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:10 PM   #38
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That's a entirely different, but interesting topic...

When reading a book, I sometimes I crack a smile because something is particularly funny, or I like a certain passage for some reason and I raise an eyebrow and think about it a bit. That's about it with regard to "being enamored."

Compare this to my girlfriend giggling continuously, laughing out loud and even squealing when reading a book (and not occasionally; sometimes multiple times per chapter, or even per page), and I often think to myself: "You're overdoing it. It's just a young adult fantasy novel... sjees."

Maybe I'm just old and grumpy (already).
Hum, I'm getting on up there and I still find myself getting emotionally engaged in books that I read. Can't say that I've ever actually squealed while reading a book, being a manly sort of guy , but definitely I've laughed.

I will say that comedy in books seems to be a bit of a lost art though, but that could simply be because old fashion comedy a la Mel Brooks and such seems to be dying off.
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When reading a book, I sometimes I crack a smile because something is particularly funny...

Compare this to my girlfriend giggling continuously, laughing out loud and even squealing when reading a book... and I often think to myself: "You're overdoing it. It's just a young adult fantasy novel... sjees."

Maybe I'm just old and grumpy (already).
You think?

Don't worry, I'm old and grumpy too.
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