Reading = bliss. Not reading = purgatory

Reading is one of, if not my #1, favorite activity.  I almost wrote not reading = hell, but I overuse that type of analogy and the use of the word “hell” in such a context is hyperbole to the nth degree.  Which, I guess, is hyperbolic hyperbole.

Reading is escape, adventure, mystery, escape, escape, escape, escape, escape. Movies? Not so much.  As mentioned in other posts, I have the attention span of a gnat.  Except when I’m reading.  But even then, you can get up and get a drink, make coffee, go to the bathroom, bring up an idea from something that you just read a second before to your husband, wife, friend or stranger (kidding).  You can re-read a favorite part, or re-read a page because you have the attention span of a gnat and got distracted for a minute.

But in a movie?  Almost as soon as the credits roll I’m looking at my watch. Which I can’t see in the dark.  Which becomes all I focus on.  Which makes me in a bad mood. Which makes me want to leave.  I rarely see a whole movie because I want to.  I see a whole movie because my husband or child or grandchild doesn’t want to leave.  Actually, I hardly ever go to the movies anymore.  When I was first dating my husband we saw so many that I think I used up my lifetime quota.

Right before Christmas I had a small stroke.  Basically, my brain was bruised. So no reading for a few weeks.  AAAUUUGGGHHH.  After about a week I tried reading and got bad headaches.  It’s much better now, but the thought of not being able to read much really had the feel of purgatory.

As an aside……one of my favorite jobs ever was working as a cashier during the holiday season at Barnes & Noble.  I was surrounded by books, people who love books, and people with whom I laughed.  A lot.  Ahhhhhh……great job.  And I got PAID to be around books.

I read about 6 books a week.  I read voraciously.  Favorite genres?  Mystery, spy, detective, biography, history, classics, short stories, science fiction, fantasy, some romance.

Reading is bliss.

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17 Responses to Reading = bliss. Not reading = purgatory

  1. C.A.Perry says:

    I couldn’t agree more. But I do love to watch movies too. 🙂

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      I like to watch movies that I have seen on netflix and love so much I now own. For some reason I really like sports movies, but I wouldn’t read a book about sports. Go figure. Thanks for commenting on this blog and for checking out my site!


      • C.A.Perry says:

        Yes, I also buy DVD of movies that I really liked, movies that I know I’ll watch often. I only wish I could afford more. The DVDs are very expensive, particularly, the ones which were very successful. Usually, I wait until they are cheaper, but some movies I just can’t wait to get. The Hobbit is one of those. It will come out in April. I’m really looking forward to it. 🙂

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        I won’t watch the Hobbit because I love the book and have read it over and over. I’m always afraid the movie will spoil the book for me. That’s the same reason I won’t watch Game of Thrones. Oh one series that I have read over and over and still love the movies is The Hunger Games movies. 🙂

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  2. SIX books a week! Wow! I have always enjoyed reading but sadly has taken a back seat since the arrival of the kids and reading only children’s books these days. I need to get back into the groove!

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      Oh this definitely didn’t happen when my kids were little. Then it was just wishful thinking. Plus I learned from a friend that if I didn’t like a book after 25 pages, I’m not obligated by the reading police to keep reading it. Duh….good advice. Why didn’t I think of it?? Thanks for reading my post and commenting!


  3. I have enjoyed some of your posts, really! 🙂 25 pages – that’s a lot of patience too to trudge on. do share your latest recent reads. 🙂

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  4. Annie Emmy Evans says:

    I love both movies and books. The weird thing is, I rarely can read any fiction. For some reason it doesn’t hold my attention AT ALL. I need true stories and information. Which is totally weird… I think there’s something wrong with me.

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