Thursday, November 08, 2007

How Much Do You Read?

The question on Booking through Thursday today is:

Would you say that you read about the same amount now as when you were younger? More? Less?Why?

I read loads more than I used to when I was younger. I think the more I read the more I want to read. I also realise that if I want to be a good writer I need to read a lot so I can understand what works and what doesn't in the literature I enjoy. Also I like to read in foreign languages as a perfect way to improve my language skills, while reading about subjects I'm interested in (eg science, linguistics) is a great way to learn more about the world. I also know that the amount I read has increased greatly since I joined Bookcrossing - an international community of booklovers who like to share their books, either with other bookcrossers or by leaving them in public places for unsuspecting passers by to find. Like many other bookcrossers I had originally thought that this would be a good way of reducing the number of books on my shelves, but no it has had the opposite effect. Plus the fact that a few years ago charities in the UK introduced second hand shops that sell books and nothing but books. These shops have probably been my downfall! But I can't complain because the more good books I read the more I love reading and its been a really good year for books this year. (I may post more about that later in the year!).


Lesley said...

Charity second-hand bookshops - what a brilliant idea!

pussreboots said...

BookCrossing certainly has encouraged me to read more. Happy BTT.

Anonymous said...

Here we have Sunday pavement markets for books where I get my books dirt cheap.

daisies said...

i was a total bookworm when i was younger, still am ~ i think i read about the same actually though i seem to have less time than i used to ...

we have a ton of second hand charity stores that carry books and used book stores in this city so i'm pretty lucky that way ...

Blu said...

I heard about the novel idea of
leaving a book for others to read,
and now it's my turn to do just
that, I have so many and often
the book are from the second hand
bookstores in new york and from
my old univerisity

My downfall is Strand Bookstore-
A mile or two long bookstore filled
with used books, I just get so
excited exploring all the nooks
, and there is always someone
interesting around the next corner.