What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without reading a book (since learning how to read, of course)? Which book was it that helped break the dry spell?
If this was literally meant only for book, then around one or two months- I don’t quite remember how long, to be honest… but it was around months; will probably be my answer. But. BUT, if this was meant reading anything we enjoy; as in, everything (like online-manga, online-book, online-fanfictions, etc), then I’m afraid that it will only lasted like 3-4 hours only.
Ever since I was a small kid- even before I was able to read, I’ve been in love with the books; with stories. I was told by my parent that I even had a favorite book already, which I always asked my mom to read it for me in everyday. Started with those children books, I always grew around those. At first I liked comic books a lot, like Donald Duck and other Disney’s characters. When I was in elementary school, I started reading the manga (Japan comic). I remembered that the first manga I read at the time was Detective Conan. From there, I started collecting manga with various genres and titles. Growing older, my love for reading also grew. I started reading novella and novel, though at the time I wasn’t able to collect those due to the expensive price (manga was like one-quarter in price, so- yeah.). The first novel that I had probably Harry Potter, and that was bought like years after, when the Book 4 (Goblet of Fire) has released already. My mom was the one bought that, as a present for my grades or something? I don’t really remember. The first book I bought was probably Fairish, a young-adult novel with romance as a genre, written by a local author and was so popular.
Okay. This is getting out of my hand and topic.
So, I read. Everyday, and practically almost in all-time. It is true that lately I don’t read as much books as I did in the past. I want to blame it to those so-called fanfictions, to be honest. I met fanfiction years-years ago, and lately I’ve became addicted to those again. Aside from fanfiction, I want to blame it on… well, my routines and writing muse? Because I only have night to write due to my routines, in most of times I became prefer to write instead of read a book; because once I read a book, I will definitely get hooked on those and there’s no chance I can remember to write something until I end the book completely.
Honestly, I’ve just started reading the book a bit by bit again lately. I realize that I have to start reading no matter what, because my books are increasing but the ones that I’ve read don’t. I still have Septimus Heap series on my bookshelf, along with The Secret of Nicolas Flamel series, Mockingjay, and the list goes on; that I haven’t read yet (okay. I’ve read Septimus book 1 to 3, and Nicholas Flamel book 1 and 2- before stopping. I bet that I need to read since the start… again). It hasn’t been added with my wanted-items that I was planning to buy, like The Lost Symbol. Since I know that I can’t possibly change that habit of mine (Well of course I can if I am willing to sacrifice my writing time- but I’m not willing to), so I decided to bring a book to my office. In every lunch-break, I will read some chapters of the book until the break end. That’s how I read by now.
Which book started bringing back the muse to read?
That’s probably Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co., The Screaming Staircase. Like I’ve stated some times ago, Jonathan Stroud is one of my favorite author; and he always will, I guess. I enjoyed how he wrote everything. How the character’s thought sometimes showed an irony over something, and how the humor was just- right; smooth, smart, and not actually underestimating a certain character. The book was giving me a thrill, but still able to make me smile and giggle at the same time. From that book, then I go to the other books on the list, Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus series; The Ring of Solomon, and now I’m in the middle of reading The Maze Runner. I’ve bought that in a sale a long time ago, but reading that just now because the film was intriguing.
I hope that the list will keep continue on, to the next book and so on; until I’ve managed to finish all the old books on my bookshelf.
written by liphz.