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    09-26-2013, 11:47 PM
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Weanling
Reading Obsessively

I read obsessively. I think it's a medical condition. When I pick up a book, I have to read it front to back, immediately, wether or not it's a good book. I am physically unable to put the book down. I will only put it down if I have to go to work or if someone takes the book away from me. I will read all night, even if I don't finish the book until 6am and have to leave for work at 7am. I will also read all day before work or on my days off. I have to hide my Kindle from myself to be functional sometimes. I have read 7 books this week alone. I have read over 100 books so far this year. Everyone thinks I'm crazy for reading like this. I can't help myself. Does anyone else read this obsessively or am I really crazy?
     
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    09-27-2013, 12:16 AM
  #2
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What may appear obsessive to one person may be relatively normal for another. I wouldn't worry about it a lot if I were you. I began reading at age 2 and was reading classics at 5. We didn't have a TV when I was young and of course there were no computers or computer games. I used to read 20 or 25 books a week until I got into sports as a teenager, and as an adult I have always read 5 or 6 books and several papers a week because I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and do a lot of research, plus I keep up with a host of news and articles pertaining to geophysics, business, and finance, which were my careers.

My obsession is re-reading books. I have a big personal library, and of course use Kindle, the internet, and college libraries, but I have a core of around 250 or so books that I read over and over again - some I have read probably 20 times. I'm currently re-reading the Earth Children series for about the 5th time, comparing Auel's anthropological and archeological research with my own. There was no internet when she did her research, and there have been a lot of discoveries and new theories advanced since then, and I find it interesting to compare old research with new.

See? You're not the only reading wacko...
     
    09-27-2013, 12:40 AM
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Wow, I thought the same thing about myself. I read like crazy too, my mom used to have to remove all the books from my room, just so I could get homework done. My husband doesn't understand why I can't just read a couple of chapters then put the book down. I would go to the library two or three times a week, getting at least 5 books each time, and returning the previous books. I am always a little sad too when a book ends, especially if it's a series, and it drives me NUTS to start a series, not realizing that it's a new series, so I get to the end of the books published so far and have to wait months for the next one to come out. I read a prep novel for the SAT's when I was in middle school, I've always loved reading, was reading way beyond my school level, so of course the school required reading books were boring and easy, and I loved getting into British Lit in high school. Shakespeare, Beowulf, which we had to read in Old English and I loved it, drove everyone else nuts, Emily Bronte, and others. You are definitely not alone, and its so nice to know that I'm not the only one! What are some of your favorite books? I always love getting recommendations especially from genres I wouldn't normally look into.
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    09-27-2013, 01:07 AM
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Agreed, it's not that strange unless you talk to a non-reader (my brother thinks I'm crazy for reading like I do). I frequently have 2-3 different books going at the same time. For example, I am currently re-reading the Earth Children series, in the middle of The Mammoth Hunters right now. I'm also re-reading Stephen King's Dark Tower series and am nearing the end of book 3 "The Waste Lands". Also currently finishing up the Game of Thrones series.

Not only do I like series books like the ones I just mentioned, but I love long books. I think that's one reason why I'm a fan of Stephen King. There are many of his books that are 1000+ pages long and I find that those are my favorites of his.

However, for being such a voracious reader, I'm also a picky reader. If the book doesn't grab my attention within the first couple of chapters, I'll put it down and never try reading it again LOL.

I was much like Face growing up. My family didn't have TV and couldn't afford video games so all I had other than horses was books. I have no idea when I started reading but I know it was well before I started school at 5. I used to go to the library as a small child and pick out anywhere from 7 to 20 books a week. I was reading at a high school level before I even got to junior high.

I love books, I can't help it. If that makes me weird to other folk...fine. I, for one, believe that my voracious appetite for books is part of what gave me my ability to write and articulate well.
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    09-27-2013, 02:31 AM
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Weanling
Ha Ha, chalk me up as another mad reader! At the moment I only average two or three a week, but I have our business to run, farm to help on, two kids and numerous pets, so time is at a premium! I read anything and everything. I can't NOT read. Driving along, I'll read every sign and billboard, we joke that if toilet paper had writing, I'd have to read it first!
I love my books long and preferably part of a series, and I re-read my favourites many times. Reading is my favourite stress reliever.
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    09-27-2013, 05:14 AM
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Yearling
You're not wierd. I love Shakespeare (and I'm 14!)
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    09-27-2013, 11:03 AM
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Weanling
Hey Chokolate, yep I read Shakespeare for fun as a teen too. I still love Hamlet, and some of the sonnets. Emily Bronte was also a favourite, loved her angst!
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    09-27-2013, 01:32 PM
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Green Broke
Put me in the obsessive reader category! When I was a young kid ( 3rd grade) not only did I hate reading but I refused to read to the point I was put in with the "******ed" kids for an hour a day. Not wanting to be considered a "******" (how embarrassing) I picked up a book and started reading it out loud to my new teacher. 5 minutes later I had a gold star in my hand and was back with my regular class room. My hate with reading had to do with the rest of my family all read and would read instead of play with me!

I became the obsessive reader I am today when our TV broke and it was 11 months before my dad finally went and bought another. Used to take my allowance to the used book store every week and pick up dozens of books at $.25-$.50 each, they would all be read by the end of the week.
     
    09-27-2013, 01:39 PM
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Agreed, it's not that strange unless you talk to a non-reader (my brother thinks I'm crazy for reading like I do). I frequently have 2-3 different books going at the same time. For example, I am currently re-reading the Earth Children series, in the middle of The Mammoth Hunters right now. I'm also re-reading Stephen King's Dark Tower series and am nearing the end of book 3 "The Waste Lands". Also currently finishing up the Game of Thrones series.

Not only do I like series books like the ones I just mentioned, but I love long books. I think that's one reason why I'm a fan of Stephen King. There are many of his books that are 1000+ pages long and I find that those are my favorites of his.

However, for being such a voracious reader, I'm also a picky reader. If the book doesn't grab my attention within the first couple of chapters, I'll put it down and never try reading it again LOL.

I was much like Face growing up. My family didn't have TV and couldn't afford video games so all I had other than horses was books. I have no idea when I started reading but I know it was well before I started school at 5. I used to go to the library as a small child and pick out anywhere from 7 to 20 books a week. I was reading at a high school level before I even got to junior high.

I love books, I can't help it. If that makes me weird to other folk...fine. I, for one, believe that my voracious appetite for books is part of what gave me my ability to write and articulate well.
You just described me...exactly!

The only punishment that my mom found worked on me when I was a kid was taking away a book I was reading. Fortunately, I had at least two other books in progress at te same time, so it wasn't a huge deal, but she thought it was. Lol

Unfortunately, in the past year since I started dating my boyfriend, I haven't had much time (or desire) to read. It makes me sad because I do want to read, I just can't seem to stay focused...and my boyfriend is very needy, so he makes feel guilty for reading at home and not spending time with him.
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    09-27-2013, 02:44 PM
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Yearling
Nope not weird. I had to avoid the library in Highschool because if I had a book I'd just sit and read the whole time in class. Even now on my kindle I try not to buy books, which I don't have wifi at my house anyway so pretty easy. I get obcessed with a book and will read for hours and not get anything done. I used to read a book everyday. I'm not friends with other people that read so I'm used to getting the comments of being weird.
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