I don’t remember the last time that I read a book all the way through just to read. Not for school. Just to read for fun. Fun and reading are two things to me that don’t go hand in hand. They never have and I think summer reading for school has just ruined that, and the so called “Classics” we read for school don’t do reading so much justice either. I have yet to meet someone who for fun has been reading The Great Gatsby, To Kill A Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, anything by John Steinbeck, and all the other books on Sparknotes.
And it’s not just books. I rarely look for interesting articles on the internet. I don’t read the newspapers. Magazines? Nope. I stick to the 140 character tweets on Twitter, and Facebook. Facebook is probably the closest thing I get to reading because I will at least open articles, but if there are pictures or a video the words in the rest of the article might as well be written in Greek because I don’t even try to read it. I wish I could explain why I am not a fan of reading so much but I really don’t know.
So low and behold here exists my biggest double standard: I am a writer, who doesn’t read, writing for others to read.
I think it may be the silence that comes with reading. For some reason it is just always so easy for me to get distracted. And I keep wanting to check my phone because normally whenever I am reading something, it gets very boring after a few pages so I would rather read tweets or texts. It’s not necessarily something that I am proud of because I am a writer, but that’s just how it is.
So if anyone has any book suggestions to crack my double standard I’d love to open the printed pages and try to read. But until then… I still expect you to read whatever I write. Oh, and it is much appreciated!