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2012-12-31 01:29:25 PM  
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2012-12-31 01:30:00 PM  

kxs401: 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.


Good for you. Reading is good - nobody would argue with that - but you know, moderation in everything.
 
2012-12-31 01:32:41 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: 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.


I found out recently that every three days of Fark time equals one book, when I recently had to start reading hard again for a "book club" some friends are starting.

Of course, we read big books. One day of Farking might be enough for leaner ones, but after a visit to the bookstore last night, it looks like page count is definitely encouraged over proper editing in new books.
 
2012-12-31 01:34:21 PM  
I still am able to do 1+ books a day when I am not doing extra hours at the company. Good genes I guess, I was reading at a HS level in 4th grade.
While I have several Ebook readers and Dad has his name on a few e-ink patents, I found that reading on a tablet that des autoscrolling for hands free reading works out the best. I just picked up a note 2 as my phone so I could read and not carry two devices everywhere. I will never forget the glee from my wife when I picked up one if the first ebook readers (rocket book) because she was sick and tired of bringing in book boxes that UPS delivered from used book stores every business trip.
 
2012-12-31 01:35:31 PM  

foxyshadis: I found out recently that every three days of Fark time equals one book


Bears repeating. I love this site, but damn is it a time suck. Right after the election I stayed completely off FARK and Facebook for a full week to purge my head of bullshiat. The purpose wasn't to be more productive...that was an unexpected side effect.

Then the holidays hit, and I had spare time on my hands, so I'm back here pushing the lever again and again and again.
 
2012-12-31 01:35:56 PM  
What is the point of this? I can't imagine that reading books that fast would leave you able to enjoy them. There is no benefit to be gained from reading books that you go through so fast you don't have time to either savor or reflect on them. I also can't imagine that if you're reading a normal sized book every day that you'd have time for anything else in your life.
 
2012-12-31 01:36:23 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.


They do offer e-books. Not a huge selection so far, but they're working on having more titles available. At this point, though, I don't own a Nook, but at some point it may become necessary.
 
2012-12-31 01:37:39 PM  
New Year's Resolutions are dumb.
 
2012-12-31 01:39:04 PM  

lilistonic:  I go through Austen and Trollope regularly, to name two, and I really dig Edwardian and Jazz Age authors.
...
So, I'm inspired by the guy. If I inspire anyone here in turn, even better. If not, I can live with it. ;-)


You've inspired me.  This year, I resolve to visit Austin and pick up some trollops.
 
2012-12-31 01:40:50 PM  

ZeroPly: (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?)


Gary Egan writes books for physicists and wannabe physicists. I have a few on my shelf now, but to be honest, I'm not a huge fan; the story gets bogged down in the science. More realistic is not always more entertaining, plus too many Neil Stephenson-style digressions explaining things. (I don't mind footnotes and appendices if I want to know more, or I'll Google it. Otherwise, let me skip it and get on with the flow, please!)
 
2012-12-31 01:41:43 PM  

gerbilpox: 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..


He gets through that whole article and then, on the second page, drops the "comic books count because people charge money for them". I enjoy comic books more than most, but if you're going to write this article you'd better play it straight.

So, to answer your question: Yes, I do have the bowel strength of ten men.
 
2012-12-31 01:50:12 PM  
Just because it is a book it doesn't make it any less inaccurate, stupid, and ignorant than any of the other shiat you do.
 
2012-12-31 01:53:27 PM  
I dig the 'hydra' analogy because that's totally me--I bookmark pages and keep notes then read up on those items to this ridiculously infinite tree. I think it's a disorder, but I try to convince myself it's still learning.


But sorry, comic 'books' do not count. If they did, kids would use them for book reports.
 
2012-12-31 01:55:00 PM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: 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.



I was thinking more along the lines of once a month having three glasses of wine with dinner instead of the one. Or maybe use real butter. Or maybe even, not shave for two days.

/baby steps
 
2012-12-31 02:00:30 PM  
Yeah, sorry but I'm with the people who say this guy is cheating.

He says he wants to read a book a day and not sacrifice everything else to do it. I read pretty fast. I recently re-read the hobbit and although I didn't read it in one sitting, I estimate it took me about 6 hours. The hobbit is by no means the biggest book out there. Who has such an easy life that they have 6 hours spare every day for reading? Even if I watched no TV, spent no time on the net, even sacrificed going out a bit, I'd still struggle to get 6 hours every day of the year. And what about the people who don't read fast, who need about 8-12 hours for a good novel? Do they give up sleeping?

As others have said, the only way to do this is to count short novella's and even comics. Try reading an actual novel each day and you'll probably fail in the first week.
 
2012-12-31 02:01:02 PM  

FloydA: lilistonic:  I go through Austen and Trollope regularly, to name two, and I really dig Edwardian and Jazz Age authors.
...
So, I'm inspired by the guy. If I inspire anyone here in turn, even better. If not, I can live with it. ;-)

You've inspired me.  This year, I resolve to visit Austin and pick up some trollops.


Every bit as good a goal. Just don't pick up anything from the trollops.
 
2012-12-31 02:08:47 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.


My library does Kindle and then a more generic format, depending on the book.

My dad developed vision problems a few years ago, and particularly missed reading the paper, but now he's got an iPad. He gets all his papers, magazines and books on there, blows it up as big as need be and is set.

\For some reason, he thinks that with his problem the iPad is easier to read than a kindle or nook. So I'd check all the options out.
 
2012-12-31 02:13:16 PM  
whatcha reading fer?
 
2012-12-31 02:19:43 PM  

The sound of one hand clapping: Yeah, sorry but I'm with the people who say this guy is cheating.

He says he wants to read a book a day and not sacrifice everything else to do it. I read pretty fast. I recently re-read the hobbit and although I didn't read it in one sitting, I estimate it took me about 6 hours. The hobbit is by no means the biggest book out there. Who has such an easy life that they have 6 hours spare every day for reading? Even if I watched no TV, spent no time on the net, even sacrificed going out a bit, I'd still struggle to get 6 hours every day of the year. And what about the people who don't read fast, who need about 8-12 hours for a good novel? Do they give up sleeping?

As others have said, the only way to do this is to count short novella's and even comics. Try reading an actual novel each day and you'll probably fail in the first week.


The average American watches 34 hours of TV a week. If you just read instead, that's five hours a day. Plus he counts audiobooks, which one can listen to while cleaning house, gardening, and driving (although they are slower than reading print, it is a way to create extra reading time).

\I must admit, though he still hit a lot of quality authors, I'd rather do more of that and less zombie books -- especially if I was going to consider it a beneficial resolution.
 
2012-12-31 02:24:10 PM  

vudukungfu: whatcha reading fer?


so I don't end up being a farkin' waffle waitress.

/miss you, Bill.
 
2012-12-31 02:25:23 PM  
Some people read very quickly with great comprehension. I was ranked in the US for a while as one of the fastest readers, but I was nothing compared to one girl. I was a demo where they took a current magazine (time) Set it up so that from her seat she could see all 12 pages, lifted the barrier saying "start" and she immediately said "stop". 96% comprehension. I met up with her years later and she said that it was more of a curse. She did mention that the long defunct magazine/news store in Cambridge, MA opened up half an hour early for her once and a while to go through since it was embarrassing for her to go here when others were around and assume she was just "flipping" through.
 
2012-12-31 02:46:28 PM  
FTFA: No, my prime directive was: no min-maxing. In Dungeons and Dragons, "min-maxing" is focusing on one character attribute to the exclusion of everything else. (Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory is an excellent example of someone who min-maxes intelligence, stealing points from charisma and dexterity.)

I've been a D&Der since 1980, and I've never heard the term "min-maxing" before. *shrug*

/Paper, pencil, a bag of dice, some of your friends around the kitchen table, and some imagination are all you need.
//Maybe some rule books, too.
///Roll for initiative!
 
2012-12-31 02:49:59 PM  
I read on the shiatter. It's a bad day if I get more than 5 or 6 pages read each day.
 
2012-12-31 02:51:18 PM  

vonClogg: gerbilpox: 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..

He gets through that whole article and then, on the second page, drops the "comic books count because people charge money for them". I enjoy comic books more than most, but if you're going to write this article you'd better play it straight.

So, to answer your question: Yes, I do have the bowel strength of ten men.


Ooooh, rainBOWS. I thought you were just referring to the prior post. I didn't read TFA far enough to see Mr. Did-it-everyday had cheated.

In other words: tl;dr.
 
2012-12-31 03:00:26 PM  

FloydA: lilistonic:  I go through Austen and Trollope regularly, to name two, and I really dig Edwardian and Jazz Age authors.
...
So, I'm inspired by the guy. If I inspire anyone here in turn, even better. If not, I can live with it. ;-)

You've inspired me.  This year, I resolve to visit Austin and pick up some trollops.


The Yellow Rose still there? Or do they really just tease there?

Oh, wait: it's a college town. Go down to 6th Street and listen for the blonde's mating call: "I am SO drunk!"

/good times
 
2012-12-31 03:09:47 PM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: 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.

My library does Kindle and then a more generic format, depending on the book.

My dad developed vision problems a few years ago, and particularly missed reading the paper, but now he's got an iPad. He gets all his papers, magazines and books on there, blows it up as big as need be and is set.

\For some reason, he thinks that with his problem the iPad is easier to read than a kindle or nook. So I'd check all the options out.


I'll still probably end up with a Nook in the end. My son has one and I've tried reading on it a few times. Not bad actually, but still not as satisfying as holding a book and turning the pages. I guess I'm just too old school for my own good at times. :-)
 
2012-12-31 03:13:52 PM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: The sound of one hand clapping: Yeah, sorry but I'm with the people who say this guy is cheating.

He says he wants to read a book a day and not sacrifice everything else to do it. I read pretty fast. I recently re-read the hobbit and although I didn't read it in one sitting, I estimate it took me about 6 hours. The hobbit is by no means the biggest book out there. Who has such an easy life that they have 6 hours spare every day for reading? Even if I watched no TV, spent no time on the net, even sacrificed going out a bit, I'd still struggle to get 6 hours every day of the year. And what about the people who don't read fast, who need about 8-12 hours for a good novel? Do they give up sleeping?

As others have said, the only way to do this is to count short novella's and even comics. Try reading an actual novel each day and you'll probably fail in the first week.

The average American watches 34 hours of TV a week. If you just read instead, that's five hours a day. Plus he counts audiobooks, which one can listen to while cleaning house, gardening, and driving (although they are slower than reading print, it is a way to create extra reading time).

\I must admit, though he still hit a lot of quality authors, I'd rather do more of that and less zombie books -- especially if I was going to consider it a beneficial resolution.


Heh! Guess I'm not the average American then. I watch maybe two hours of TV (online) weeky and that's when the shows I follow are airing. This year it's been "Dexter" and "American Horror Story: Asylum".
 
2012-12-31 04:33:53 PM  

Pwnzor: 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.


I do better reading than listening to audiobooks. My mind wanders too much and i miss what is being said.
 
2012-12-31 05:45:36 PM  
I read at about a page a minute rate.  Most of the books in my collection are between 200 and 400 pages long.  That's between 3 and 7 hours a day (roughly) of reading.  Who in the hell has the time to do that???

\I do read every day, though
\\currently reading a book on Ivan the Terrible and...not particularly fond of the author yet.
 
2012-12-31 06:06:40 PM  
so, no farkers have a job or kids
 
2012-12-31 06:21:17 PM  
I think its apopro that I make the comment that I thought the headline was about trying to read ONE book this year, and I did not even read the comments to see if that had been mentioned yet. I will continue my quest of drinking one full case or bottles a day. I think its important to set achievable goals in life. But also everyone please be responsible, know your limits and get a DD. I have had far to many out of control 12-15 year old swerve their bikes in my lane.
 
2012-12-31 07:38:41 PM  
How much time can you reasonably spend in the bathroom?
 
2012-12-31 08:29:54 PM  

haywatchthis: so, no farkers have care about a job or kids



FTFY
 
2012-12-31 10:34:57 PM  
I do this every year. Some years I keep a list on Live Journal. Last time the list ran to 370 titles by year's end. I don't do comic books, and I have an audiobook for the car most of the time. Reading fast does help.
 
2013-01-01 10:32:55 AM  

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.


Not to mention him counting listening to audiobooks as "reading".
 
2013-01-01 12:12:04 PM  
 
2013-01-01 12:54:12 PM  

lilistonic: 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. ;-)


Then try this - Link
 
2013-01-01 01:47:45 PM  

haywatchthis: so, no farkers have a job or kids


What, "Learning XSLT" doesn't count as a book in your world?
 
2013-01-01 06:49:48 PM  
@bathia mapes...an ereader may do wonders for you...and they are not hard to use...I myself read many books per week and you can use your local library or use the freebie +link from Amazon...you can literally set the font size to one word per page on a kindle...LOL.

Not being able to read books is my biggest fear of getting older..
 
2013-01-02 08:06:46 PM  
How about reading one pretentious post by some smug nerdster per day?

It would take a month or two to finish this thread.
 
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