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2012-12-31 11:24:11 AM
That's nothing.  I can get through Curious George in like two hours...tops.
 
2012-12-31 11:26:51 AM
Day 1: Ulysses
Day 2: Damn it.
 
2012-12-31 12:10:00 PM
In the past I used to read at least five books per week, but with my declining vision I'm lucky if I can manage to get through two a week now. Gone are the days when I can read a book in an hour. :/
 
2012-12-31 12:29:10 PM

Bathia_Mapes: In the past I used to read at least five books per week, but with my declining vision I'm lucky if I can manage to get through two a week now. Gone are the days when I can read a book in an hour. :/


Huh, just remembered one time I read a book while I was standing in a book store. Probably took about an hour...heh, good times.
 
2012-12-31 12:36:08 PM
TLDR
Just give me the cliff notes.
 
2012-12-31 12:36:34 PM
I resolve to break my New Year's Resolution.
 
2012-12-31 12:37:05 PM

Bathia_Mapes: In the past I used to read at least five books per week, but with my declining vision I'm lucky if I can manage to get through two a week now. Gone are the days when I can read a book in an hour. :/


not sure if you've tried but maybe an e-reader with adjustible font size? my grandmother is pretty blind and she can still read on the kindle (assuming someone else sets it up for her of course)
 
2012-12-31 12:37:23 PM
How about a resolution to not be such a candy-assed goody two-shoes?
 
2012-12-31 12:38:49 PM
Pffft. I read at least 4 Scooby Doo phonics books before bed every night. I assure you, there is no connection between this and my 4 year old starting every word with the letter R.
 
2012-12-31 12:39:46 PM
Can I just listen to Samuel L. Jackson read "Go the f*ck to sleep" every day?  Does that count?
 
2012-12-31 12:40:18 PM
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/and all the other really short children's books
 
2012-12-31 12:41:43 PM
Who has time for that? Screw that. I have a hard time finding books I like anyway. Try writing a book.
 
2012-12-31 12:42:02 PM
I understand resolutions to do things you feel you would benefit from, but don't actually enjoy (like eating better, working out, giving up an addiction)....

But I don't get the point of this. If you ENJOY reading; then just read. Who cares about keeping score?
 
2012-12-31 12:42:24 PM
I didn't even read that story so why am I gonna try and read a bunch of books?
 
2012-12-31 12:42:40 PM
Yeah, no. Much as I love reading, this would not work for me. My attention span is pretty much down to Squirrel!
 
2012-12-31 12:42:59 PM

tlchwi02: Bathia_Mapes: In the past I used to read at least five books per week, but with my declining vision I'm lucky if I can manage to get through two a week now. Gone are the days when I can read a book in an hour. :/

not sure if you've tried but maybe an e-reader with adjustible font size? my grandmother is pretty blind and she can still read on the kindle (assuming someone else sets it up for her of course)


I haven't tried one as of yet, but that's a possibility in the future. As of now when I place a hold at our library I opt for the large print version since they're really good about offering both versions. Older books, not so much, but for at least the last 7-8 years most of the newer books the library has are in regular & large print. They even have a special section where the large print books are shelved for easier access.
 
2012-12-31 12:42:59 PM

Rich Cream: How about a resolution to not be such a candy-assed goody two-shoes?


Yeah! Be a kick ass goody two-shows instead!

/I'm gonna take up smoking TOBACCO and give that up.
//Just tobacco, and not anything else.
///My University has strict student behavior guidelines.
 
2012-12-31 12:44:23 PM
"I can start and finish a six-issue collection of Captain America or Green Lantern comics in less than an hour. "

Are you farking kidding me? Reading six comic books doesn't count, you giant douche. Maybe if you read a big-ass 50-issue compendium, but anything that your average middle-schooler can read in a half-hour isn't a "book" just because it costs $20.
 
2012-12-31 12:46:38 PM

Bathia_Mapes: tlchwi02: Bathia_Mapes: In the past I used to read at least five books per week, but with my declining vision I'm lucky if I can manage to get through two a week now. Gone are the days when I can read a book in an hour. :/

not sure if you've tried but maybe an e-reader with adjustible font size? my grandmother is pretty blind and she can still read on the kindle (assuming someone else sets it up for her of course)

I haven't tried one as of yet, but that's a possibility in the future. As of now when I place a hold at our library I opt for the large print version since they're really good about offering both versions. Older books, not so much, but for at least the last 7-8 years most of the newer books the library has are in regular & large print. They even have a special section where the large print books are shelved for easier access.


It's also possible to borrow e-books from Libraries. I don't know if you can do that on a Kindle, with a Nook you definitely can. Of course, your library may not have e-books (no idea how widespread they are now), and not all books are digitized, but it's worth looking into for additional reading material.
 
2012-12-31 12:47:55 PM
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2012-12-31 12:48:23 PM

Barfmaker: Bathia_Mapes: In the past I used to read at least five books per week, but with my declining vision I'm lucky if I can manage to get through two a week now. Gone are the days when I can read a book in an hour. :/

Huh, just remembered one time I read a book while I was standing in a book store. Probably took about an hour...heh, good times.


I once read The Great Gatsby while my friend was in the shower. He took long showers. But killing 7 comic books in a night and reading nothing else for 6 days is not reading 7 books in a week.
 
2012-12-31 12:49:20 PM
I already read Facebook every day. Doesn't everyone? Or is there some other kind of:"book"?
 
2012-12-31 12:49:37 PM
do comic books count?
 
2012-12-31 12:50:50 PM
Seeing that I have the entire Discworld novel series sitting here unread, that might be a good idea. Then again, it takes more than a day to finsh one with work and sleep and whatnot. Also, over 50 unplayed PS3 games, so that might put a dent into reading time.
 
2012-12-31 12:50:56 PM
"...here's how"...
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"Read fast"
 
2012-12-31 12:51:53 PM

Canton: Bathia_Mapes: tlchwi02: Bathia_Mapes: In the past I used to read at least five books per week, but with my declining vision I'm lucky if I can manage to get through two a week now. Gone are the days when I can read a book in an hour. :/

not sure if you've tried but maybe an e-reader with adjustible font size? my grandmother is pretty blind and she can still read on the kindle (assuming someone else sets it up for her of course)

I haven't tried one as of yet, but that's a possibility in the future. As of now when I place a hold at our library I opt for the large print version since they're really good about offering both versions. Older books, not so much, but for at least the last 7-8 years most of the newer books the library has are in regular & large print. They even have a special section where the large print books are shelved for easier access.

It's also possible to borrow e-books from Libraries. I don't know if you can do that on a Kindle, with a Nook you definitely can. Of course, your library may not have e-books (no idea how widespread they are now), and not all books are digitized, but it's worth looking into for additional reading material.


I check out 5 or 6 e-books a week from the library. The selections are limited due to the fact that some publishers still think it detracts from sales. It's nice always having something to read though, without having to go to a bookstore or the library.
 
2012-12-31 12:52:50 PM
I can't read fiction. I'm too easily distracted. I'll be reading the words on the page, but thinking of something else entirely. 50 pages later, I'll realize that I cannot remember a word of it.

I can read technical books, since that kind of material really requires your concentration to try to understand.
 
2012-12-31 12:54:44 PM

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Pamphlets don't count.
 
2012-12-31 12:55:17 PM
Hahaha. Yeah right. I'm a home owner with a full-time career, three kids, two dogs, drinking and marriage problems, a burgeoning mid-life crisis AND my dentist says I'm supposed to brush my teeth after every meal and before bed.

I'm Fuggin Bizzy. I'll be lucky to get through one book all year.
 
2012-12-31 12:55:29 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: I understand resolutions to do things you feel you would benefit from, but don't actually enjoy (like eating better, working out, giving up an addiction)....

But I don't get the point of this. If you ENJOY reading; then just read. Who cares about keeping score?


^This.  Sounds like dude in TFA ended up reading a bunch of crap he didn't want to read and skipped out on other stuff he wanted to do just for the sake of a stunt.
 
2012-12-31 12:55:45 PM

12349876: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x215]

/and all the other really short children's books


Just finished "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". That was exhausting.
 
2012-12-31 12:56:18 PM
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2012-12-31 12:57:13 PM
tl;dr

I'll wait for the movie.
 
2012-12-31 12:57:15 PM

Ex-Texan: do comic books count?


Generally, no, but certain graphic novels probably do.

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2012-12-31 12:58:41 PM

vonClogg: "I can start and finish a six-issue collection of Captain America or Green Lantern comics in less than an hour. "

Are you farking kidding me? Reading six comic books doesn't count, you giant douche. Maybe if you read a big-ass 50-issue compendium, but anything that your average middle-schooler can read in a half-hour isn't a "book" just because it costs $20.


What crawled up your arse and died? (Giving you arse superpowers, no doubt.)

Besides, they're graphic novels..
 
2012-12-31 01:00:13 PM
I've read plenty of books. My resolution is to talk to a stranger a day (and not get shot or pepper-sprayed).
 
2012-12-31 01:01:30 PM
I read far more than most people, and I still only average about 10-15 books a month. This is probably lower now that my commute (via public transit) has gone from 50-70 to 15-25 minutes.
 
2012-12-31 01:02:07 PM

AutumnWind: Who has time for that? Screw that. I have a hard time finding books I like anyway. Try writing a book.


Did that last year.

I suppose my resolution for this year could be actually trying to market it, rather than just letting it take up space on Amazon.
 
2012-12-31 01:02:37 PM
Apparently, the trick is to cheat. For example: listen to audio books, read the last chapter of a book that you've been reading for a while and count that as your book for the day, or read short stories.
 
2012-12-31 01:02:58 PM
So, the basic how was 1. Read short, crappy books. 2. Count comic books and audio books.

Screw that noise.
 
2012-12-31 01:03:44 PM

lucksi: Seeing that I have the entire Discworld novel series sitting here unread...


I envy you.  You're in for a treat!
 
2012-12-31 01:04:03 PM

Ex-Texan: do comic books count?


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I don't see why not.
 
2012-12-31 01:04:20 PM

Feral_and_Preposterous:
Day 1: Ulysses
Day 2: Damn it.


Pretty much this. You'll get a lot of quantity, not much quality. I just finished reading Incandescence by Greg Egan, which took me over two months. Holy crap. When you're taking a break from the book to try to figure out what it's saying, and how to translate whatever into Schwarzschild coordinates, you know the author's not dumbing it down for you.

(Question for whoever read this: who exactly is the target audience? Are there hordes of science fiction fans who understand the mathematics of general relativity just lurking out there?)
 
2012-12-31 01:10:07 PM
Reading "Negros I met while Yachting" for quick read
 
2012-12-31 01:11:02 PM

12349876: /and all the other really short children's books


Hell I read 5 or six of those a day. Out loud.

I think the guy in the next cubicle really enjoys it. He'd say something of he didn't, right?
 
2012-12-31 01:11:20 PM
Any idea can be the foster parent to others. I agree; this was largely a stunt. But he got something out of it.  And I'm inspired to consider my reading goals.

I read at least 100 books a year, probably more. In the summer I read a lot of historical romances and mystery cozies. In the winter I'm often rereading Christie, Sayers, and/or Stout. And Allingham. I also read a few new things each year, follow a few series, and even read some books people call "literature." I go through Austen and Trollope regularly, to name two, and I really dig Edwardian and Jazz Age authors.

Recently I got a used copy (always go used if I can) of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. I've read around 130 of them. So, I will make a goal to read maybe 1 or 2 a month. I'm not interested in all of them. I've read a lot of Wodehouse but never finished all of Blandings or much of Psmith. So I might make one or both a goal. I never covered all of Dickens and there's at least one Bronte I haven't read I should get to. And Cooper. I might revisit D.H. Lawrence this year.

So, I'm inspired by the guy. If I inspire anyone here in turn, even better. If not, I can live with it. ;-)
 
2012-12-31 01:11:36 PM
FTA: Driving to work, I hit the final disc of a Nelson DeMille audiobook.

Having a book read to you does not constitute reading a book. He's got some catching up to do.
 
2012-12-31 01:13:04 PM

MorteDiem: I check out 5 or 6 e-books a week from the library. The selections are limited due to the fact that some publishers still think it detracts from sales. It's nice always having something to read though, without having to go to a bookstore or the library.


Our public library uses Overdrive Media Console and also has some titles you can read on a Kindle or Kindle app. I haven't bought a book since I started getting e-books from the library. I've also stopped borrowing regular books since I can get almost anything in e-book format. I agree, it's so nice having my books with me at all times (on my Nexus 7) and not having to go anywhere to get a book. Since I started reading on my tablet, I read 3-4 books a week.
 
2012-12-31 01:18:19 PM
I actually read about 200 books a year and my goal is to cut back. I'm using them as a crutch and an escape, and I'm wasting a lot of time.
 
2012-12-31 01:22:01 PM
I declare shenanigans.

Look through the list of the "books" he read. There are a lot of comic - er - "graphic novels" in there. Somehow I don't think Thor: Visionaries Volume 2 should count as reading a book.
 
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