This month we got together to discuss our reading habits and how they’ve changed with time, if at all. Most of us are undergoing some sort of reading crisis and it was great to be able to share our thoughts on this.
We have all been longtime readers and have experienced a decrease in the number of books we read and the frequency of it as we age.
We also have trouble finding books that satisfy us. We found out that the reason for this decrease is not ageing, although after a lifetime of reading we are more demanding about the quality of the books we chose, we’ve read it all before.
There are a number of other reasons as well, and yes, they involve the total revolution that the internet and in particular social media has brought to our lives distracting us and making our attention span shorter. There is also the proliferation of literary blogs, journals and magazines and the fantastic long reads that we see around. In fact we feel we read as much, but not complete books.
We all share a deep desire to go back to long hours of reading books or ebooks, and this is associated with the memories of the immense pleasure brought by it. There is a recent article by Jill Stark that greatly summarizes the problem with reading more books.
Via The Age.
We had a good year of reading Australian novels to coincide with the Commonwealth Games happening at the Gold Coast, Australia. We loved most of the books in our 2018 book list and now, a new year and reading list awaits us and this time we chose freely, not following a theme.
Next month we will meet on the 14/01/19 at 6:30PM at Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops) to discuss An Angel at My Table by Janet Frame.
Hope to see you all there and happy reading!
We are a group that gets together once a month to discuss good books. Each of us gets to choose a book on a rotational basis, preferably one outside our personal comfort zone – we try to keep the trash to ourselves. After the discussion, we comment on other books we read that month. Most of the time we remain friends after the meeting.
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