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In Deference to Trees

weather: cloudy
outside: 14.7°C
mood: comfortable
Life, this last week, has consisted of having an early dinner and going to bed insanely early (like 1900h) with a book. It started off as a precaution. I wasn't feeling too well and wanted to get more rest, but then I didn't want to stop. It's so peaceful and relaxing, away from everyone and everything.

I've had many excuses for not reading more.

As worthy an expenditure as it is, I refused to spend endlessly on books and the library was only open during times when I couldn't go. But I've since discovered that the public library branch near my house is now open much longer hours (until 2100h most weekday evenings) which makes me a lot more motivated.

I've always been very discouraged with reading, at least hardcopy text. For whatever reason, I have a much better time reading text on-screen (fiction and non-fiction alike) than hardcopy.

I also read fiction really slowly. The popular notion is of the voracious, avid reader who wolfs down books faster than their lunch. And combined with my affinity towards soft copy material, I had, absurdly, convinced myself that I don't like reading. Which absolutely is not true. I do love reading, when I find subject matter I like.

And other people don't matter.

They never have.

I know better. But I'm still discovering all the retarded little ways that I let myself be defined by others.



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Jun. 18th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
I always have a book in my hand, or one on the chair or one on the bed. Alex hates it because when we moved - well, he had to lift them all. :)
Jun. 18th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
i dislike reading on a screen...my eyes tell me don't.i like reading at night,with darkness and silence around.
Jun. 19th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
I love reading .. If the world could stop for a couple hundred years, I would spend it reading ... Its gotta be the text... there's gotta be something tangible, 3D, about it, even the smell, helps .. with the feeling and love of reading.

But I do find though .. you have a great wealth of knowledge, and not all knowledge need not come from books. --Ray
Jun. 20th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
I would love for time to stop for a few centuries so I can read too =D

I'm beginning to see a parallel between reading and meeting people. Sometimes I connect with people I meet, sometimes I don't, sometimes I get a distinct repelling feeling (to say I'm "repulsed" is too strongly emotional a word and I don't quite mean that). It's the same with authors — sometimes I connect with their writing (fiction or non-), sometimes it's just "meh" and sometimes I hate it even though everyone else holds them in very high regard.
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