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 What Book Are You Reading Right Now? 
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Usually just one fiction and non-fiction at a time, not pretentious enough and lacking the required cravat for any more than that.


Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:52 am
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Do you remember everything when you return to the fiction after reading a bit of the NF, or vice-versa? And how do you decide which to read at any given time? Do you feel that you are losing out on a certain quality with each book by mixing your reads? Like, I would imagine watching half of a film, then to go and watch another, then returning to the first would really hurt it from a flow and engrossment standpoint.


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Some books take over 40 hours to read so it's nearly impossible to avoid some kind of break, and how much an admixture impacts on immersion probably varies from person to person depending on their style of reading. Fantasy epics like LotR are extremely immersive - more so than anything put to film - and they can create a dreamy effect throughout the whole period of reading them; it's not uncommon for actual dreams to become novel-themed, for instance. Reading like that is probably benefited by a one at a time approach, but in my experience there's nothing invasive about mixing fiction and non-fiction: they're as different and similar as piano and accordion, and rather than being a nuisance, the jump in style is actually pretty stimulating.

Losing out on a book's quality through switching - not a big deal and it gets easier with practice. The main difference between reading and other entertainment, is that reading requires an audience to make a significant mental contribution of their own - a writer merely writes the music that readers play in their head. It's a developable skill. As such, with practice it becomes easier to not only visualise characters and imagery, but to also keep track of everything you've read.

Choosing what to read - it took stumbling across David Foster Wallace to get me back into reading. I hadn't read a fictional book for about 9 years before reading Infinite Jest in late 2016, then just branched out from there. After a while you get a feel for writers that might be suitable to whatever you're looking for - in my case, I've been interested in understanding the evolution of the novel and writing craft as a whole. I don't really care about plot if there's value provided elsewhere. If you have an ear for good language use - which I'm guessing you do - then prose by a genius-level writer will eventually become more acutely rewarding than pornography.

It takes a fair bit of will to create the habit out of nothing, but I was lucky enough to have 8 months of rehab last year. You basically have to give up gadgetry for a set period of time.


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Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:34 pm
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Gamaur wrote:
Some books take over 40 hours to read so it's nearly impossible to avoid some kind of break, and how much an admixture impacts on immersion probably varies from person to person depending on their style of reading. Fantasy epics like LotR are extremely immersive - more so than anything put to film - and they can create a dreamy effect throughout the whole period of reading them; it's not uncommon for actual dreams to become novel-themed, for instance. Reading like that is probably benefited by a one at a time approach, but in my experience there's nothing invasive about mixing fiction and non-fiction: they're as different and similar as piano and accordion, and rather than being a nuisance, the jump in style is actually pretty stimulating.

Losing out on a book's quality through switching - not a big deal and it gets easier with practice. The main difference between reading and other entertainment, is that reading requires an audience to make a significant mental contribution of their own - a writer merely writes the music that readers play in their head. It's a developable skill. As such, with practice it becomes easier to not only visualise characters and imagery, but to also keep track of everything you've read.


Interesting. I only read non-fiction, so it's interesting for me to get insight into someone that not only reads both but mixes those reads.


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