also why is tumblr so elitist about reading like it’s seriously really annoying when people act like they’re so much better than other people because they read a lot and they read quickly. i don’t do either of those things. does that mean im not cool enough or something???
Not reading quickly I understand, because you might have dyslexia or English isn’t your first language…but, *BUT* not reading a lot I don’t understand. If you can’t afford books, there is the public library. There’s many lifetimes of free stuff to read online. Reading is cheaper than going to the movies or just about any other recreational activity. If you don’t know what to read, practically everyone has an opinion on what’s good and what’s bad, so just ask someone for a recommendation (you don’t have to read the whole book if you hate it). If you don’t think you have the time, you can still read shorter books, short story collections, or just read in snippets (I’m hard pressed to name friends or family members who haven’t read books enitrely in the bathroom over days or weeks). If you don’t like fiction, read non-fiction. If you prefer images, read graphic novels or comicbooks. Reading is a fantasic activity where you can enter a world apart from your own, leave your own life and problems for awhile, and like all art, literature helps you better understand yourself and others. To me, reading is as necessary as breathing, so If you say you don’t read a lot, then I can only assume that you got turned off on reading by some traumatic event (i.e. a horrible English teacher), or have not yet discovered a book that sparked your imagination. And that’s not uncool, just tragic.
or you could just