This post was first published in January 2015
How is your writing going? Are you buzzing ahead or lacking behind? And what about your reading?
About four weeks ago I read a post on Deb Nances “ReaderBuzz” that is called “Browsable books or … (GASP)… I don’t always read every word in a book“.
She admitted that she does not always read every single word in a book, but it depends on the book of course. That made me think a lot.
Firstly I realised that I have started to skip bits in books. Boring bits. Something I would never have done before. I would have skipped scary bits or bits that would cause me a flashback, but I would have worked through the boring bits acrimoniously.
When I realised I have started skipping bits I also started to wonder if this is a side-effect of our so fast-moving internet age. You rather consume a book than reading it.
Even though I do it at times I feel like I have not read the book properly, and I try not to it with review books unless I am honest about that and write it in it. The reader has a right to know.
But on the other hand, you have to skip something if you have a certain amount to read in a certain amount of time. There are ways of fast-reading which I never managed to master. Not that I really wanted to.
I am not really shocked by Deb’s post, but it leaves a somehow dreary feeling inside of me. Can you relate?