I love reading, from comics to high-fantast novels to listicles. I really do love reading. The problem is, it takes me an incredibly long time to read something. Well, to be honest, this excludes non-fiction pieces as I have to read dozens of them on a daily basis for my job.
For example, I’ve been busy with Stephen King’s Duma Key for over a year now — a tome weighing in at a hefty 690 pages. I absolutely love the story and the way King weaves a tale where absolutely nothing, yet everything happens. It’s the kind of book I want to write one day. And yet, I struggle to pick it up.
Another example is book one of the Guin Saga by Kaoru Kurimoto. I searched for this title for years locally (I refused to import it) and stumbled upon it while on a random Bargain Books excursion. I’m a third way into the novel and it’s a pretty light read (it’s a Japanese Light Novel). But even so, it takes me the greatest of time to read its words.
I’ve discussed this with several people before and thankfully I’m not alone. I tend to absorb each and every single word when reading. I find it incredibly difficult to speed read through a piece of fiction as it feels as though I’m cheating on the story, treating it like nothing more than a cheap thrill when I should be taking my time to succumb to its seductions.
Also, I don’t always have the time to read fiction thanks to my day job and I find fiction to be a chore these days. Yes, I want to be a published author one day and part of that is reading as much fiction as possible, but it’s just a grinding process.
And let’s not talk about the daily emails from Goodreads notifying me of people I know when are ploughing through epics in under a week.
One day I’ll read more.
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