Sunday, September 9, 2012

The problem with reading

Don't worry, this post won't be complaining about reading. I could never do that! Reading is too dear to all of us.

There are two groups of reading: leisure reading and required reading. Leisure reading is of course the better of the two. It is pleasant and a great way to spend some (or all) of your free time. If I could only have one of the two groups, I would have leisure reading.

Required reading is the opposite. It's like eating your vegetables as a kid: you don't want to, but you have to. The problem is that unlike vegetables, who openly share the plate with chicken, required reading likes to monopolize. Once it has control, it won't let you read any other way. It's like a horrible parasite that you can't get rid of. And if, perchance, you decide to cheat just a little bit and do some leisure reading, required reading comes back in your mind and reminds you of your priorities.

This is my current dilemma. Wanting desperately to read The Lord of the Rings, but being chastised by the horrible 30-page "Reductionist and Systemic Theories". If you think it sounds dry, you've only reached the beginning.

Okay, maybe I did complain about reading. 


  1. I have never had to do required reading as of yet, except for To Kill A Mockingbird which was the best required reading in the entire world.

  2. When you said required reading, I thought you meant like novels for English. I actually like those (except Catcher in the Rye. Only book for English I hated!)

    So agree about required textbook readings. they are so boring!


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