Why your attitude towards Books and Reading is the way it is

Are you someone who hates reading, are you someone who cannot seem to finish any book you pick up, are you someone who loves reading only a certain genre of books, are you someone who can read any book you see, or are you someone who would not rest until you finish that book you’ve picked up?

I’m sure you know what category you fall into, by now. Knowing what drives you will help you understand why your attitude towards reading is the way it is.

1. Some people read for enjoyment. For these people, reading a book is like buying a drink and popcorn, and watching a movie at the cinema. They want to get lost in the book, and enjoy it. So if the book is too boring for them, or too disturbing for their liking, they drop it like it’s hot, and move on to the next prospect.

2. Some people read for relaxation. Maybe they have a stressful life, and the little time they have to rest, they just want to read a book to calm their nerves. If the book is too mentally tasking with its plots and twists that one has to go back to page 90 to understand what page 360 means, or if the book is full of complex English words and sentences that one has to check the dictionary every single second, they will not finish the book. Let's just say if the movie, Inception, was a book, they would never finish it. It is just too much for them. This is because the book is causing them to work, which is what they have been doing all day, and are trying to avoid by picking up a book in the first place.
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3. Some people read to escape reality. These people believe that life sucks, is bitter, too hard, etc. These kind of people don’t like to read books that portray reality, they won’t read a horror novel, novel about child abuse or human trafficking, etc. because they have the real world to remind them of these tragic events. They love fantasy books, happily ever after romance, mills and boons, and anything that can provide the succour the real word cannot. They detest books with sad endings, and the ones who fall under the category of readers who read the last three pages of a book first to find out the end, even before starting the book.

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4. Some people read to improve their knowledge of English. These kinds love to read literary fiction most. If the book is too simple and basic,  and its an adult book but seems kids book, or if it is not intellectually stimulating, and there's nothing for them to read or challenge their current knowledge of English, they will drop it.

5. Some people read for curiosity, and to learn something new. These are the kinds that will read every book in the world if they had life long enough to do that. If your book is boring, they will endure it. If it’s mentally tasking, they will sigh and put in the work to keep reading. 99% of the time, these kinds of people will make sure they finish any book they pick up. They just want to learn something… anything. It’s the satisfaction of knowing they have conquered yet one more book that drives them.

What category do you belong to? I belong to the last, unfortunately for me. Knowing the one you belong to will help you understand why your attitude towards reading is the way it is. And if you are not satisfied with your attitude, at least, now you know why, so you can always change it to another. Since you are now aware, the knowledge can even help you in selecting the books you choose to start reading.

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24 comments

  1. I belong to number 4. Where's the time to conquer?

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  2. I fall into all the categoroes depending on the type of book. I pick a book and if the title or review beckons, I am reading...also sometimes out of boredom, i can read anything.....You forgot to add that some people read to pass exams

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    1. Naa. Academic books doesn't count in the context of this post. I am trying to wrap my head around how you can fall in all.

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  3. Will it be weird to say I can't place myself in a single category?

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  4. I think i belong to the first category, i am not too much of a reader.

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    1. Awww, sad. You are missing out on many things in life, by not being a reader oo. Just try sha.

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  5. 1,4 and 5 are the categories i fall into.Depending on the book,my reason for reading varies.Nice post.

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    1. Okay, so I have weird people following me, lol.

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  6. I'm at 1 and 4
    But I find myself having to scale through being 5 as well 'cause of school :)

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    1. So you are like 9Ja's great. Weird pipo.

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  7. 1,2,3,5 fit me... I love reading, always have since I was about 4/5 years old when I started making sense of words, sentences and later books. When we visited relatives and family friends I wouldn't play with other kids most of the time...I preferred to sit in a quiet room and read. I always borrowed the maximum number of books allowed in the children's library and amazingly I read most of the adult bible old and new testament at 6 years old after I ran out of story books to read. lol
    Now I read less fiction and more self development books.
    If reading fiction its usually Christian fiction like Francine Rivers, Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti etc

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    1. Seems like we read the same kinds of books, but men, some gospel romance fiction are just something else in disguise.

      Unlike you, I didn't grow up as an avid reader. Only started reading in my late teens.

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  8. I fit into all so yea, guess i'm weird too. I'm a reader and that's all i know. It's what is making me read The Famished Road which is on a level with Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irumole

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    1. You dis child (honeydame' language), you are something else. You berra come back and translate for people who don't understand the tongues you are speaking

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  9. Hmmm 1,3,5...
    Haha those of us that read to get in the mood nko...*cough*

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    1. Hmmm, what exactly do you mean by 'mood'?

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  10. More 1 and 5 for me, 5 especially. And like beautiful said, a book with some ehen* before bed is good too :)

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    1. Why are you married women like this? Pity the single ladies in the house na.

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  11. I am 1 & 5. And like Myne one need some ******before bed. Lol. www.secretlilies.com

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  12. I think I can fall into all categories depending on my mood and the book.

    Started reading early as a child and loved it, but am gradually becoming lazy..

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  13. Torally, unrepentantly, category 1. The reason I do anything at all is for the pleasure, if not immediate then later, but it has to be there. Efico people thoroughly annoy me. Lol
    Just came across this blog so you'll have to forgive comments on 100 year-old posts.

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