Are you ever reading a book that just drags on? Your mind wanders away every paragraph and you get little to nothing from the text. This happens to me a lot. It makes me feel guilty sometimes, but it’s really nothing to feel guilty about at all. Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate while reading.
Some may say that if the reader is not captivated, the author has not done his job. Reading shouldn’t be a task. It’s a form of entertainment.
On the other hand, some art takes a lot of thought. If you’re going to read something, you should immerse yourself. Give the artist your full attention.
I see the value in both of these sentiments. I am also really guilty when it comes to stopping reading a book halfway through. I just figure, why waste my time if I’m not getting anything out of it? Other times I think I should have a little more self-discipline than that.
I bet a lot of books that are a drag to read have gems of enlightenment hidden in the pages. A book like this that comes to mind is “Ulysses” by James Joyce. Other books may be ridiculously hard to follow with no substance at all. This would be the slew of books that tried to copy Joyce. Then there are books that are just easy to read and are entertaining, like every book Stephen King has ever written. It all depends on the type of reader you are that determines what types of books you want to spend your time on.
So, my question for “Two Way Hump Day” is:
How long do you push through a book before you say enough is enough and set it down? Are you more into the entertaining, quick reads, or do you find value in having some self-discipline to find some magical things hidden in books?
As always, answer below in the comments, write your own post and tag it “Two Way Hump Day,” or tweet @oshitbritt.
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