Reading books as a hobby, does it still exist?

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  1. Vishaaa profile image75
    Vishaaaposted 12 years ago

    Reading books as a hobby, does it still exist?

    I see the empty book shops. Libraries have become a place where people can sleep peacefully.

    When I talk about books with friends they are clueless.Some say they don't have time to do. Some say it is for people who are jobless.

    I'm just wondering whether this habit of reading has just gone with the wind.

  2. Monisajda profile image61
    Monisajdaposted 12 years ago

    I love books. I love reading. However, as a busy mom I hardly find time to read them. Instead, I read to my children and occasionally steal some time to read what I am interested in.

  3. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 12 years ago

    i read everyday pretty much. it is and has for many years been a hobby of mine.

  4. smackins1974 profile image64
    smackins1974posted 12 years ago

    I love to read. As a stay at home mum to a 17mnth old girl my time is limited but once she goes to bed each evening I love to curl up on the sofa or snuggle up in bed and read a book.
    I think this comes from my mum being such an avid reader; our love of books was encouraged from an early age and it is something I already do with our little girl in the hope that she too will enjoy to read as much as I do.
    If you are after recommendations see my hubs on the books I read.

  5. dianebowling profile image60
    dianebowlingposted 12 years ago

    I read all the time, and yes I do have a job and children. This is how I escape from the real world! What would I do without books?

  6. Loving_Life profile image59
    Loving_Lifeposted 12 years ago

    I also LOVE to read!! 
    Most of the time in the evening I'll sit down with a book and maybe have a tea with it....and time flies when you're reading a good book, hours can go by....

    And you don't have to be jobless to

  7. profile image0
    Edliraposted 12 years ago

    Yep, a book worm speaking here :-)..............................

  8. sumitparihar profile image40
    sumitpariharposted 12 years ago

    i love reading books,it is fun for me........

  9. framistan profile image59
    framistanposted 12 years ago

    "A man who can read but DOESN'T...
    is no better off than the man who
    wants to but CANT.  "  .......Mark Twain said that. 

    Young people who "can read but don't"... should think that over.  Reading helps a persons life in many ways.  Watching TV or videogames is mostly non-productive.

    I have MANY books on various subjects.  I read lots of books. My favorite books are OLD ones about 100 years old. I look at books this way:  A man lived his life and learned some skills or knowledge.  He spent YEARS learning it and then wrote a book about it.  If i try to learn ON MY OWN... it might take me years and years of work -- just like he had to do.   But if I read his book... Then I can learn those things in only a couple HOURS!  Why would anyone want to learn everything the HARD WAY when reading is the EASY WAY? 

    Here is a good example you should show your non-reading friends.  Right after the American civil war, the southern states were very impoverished.  They had lost a WAR... and the cotton crops were failing because of the cotton-weevil. And the slaves were poorest of all, having been freed from slavery. Now the black men had to earn their own way in the world.  There was ONE BLACK MAN who single-handedly brought the south out of poverty!  His name was George Washington Carver.  This man was a HERO that everyone should read about to know what he did and how he lived his life.  I encourage you to read up on this person. Maybe it will encourage your friends to re-consider reading.

  10. Sarah Masson profile image60
    Sarah Massonposted 12 years ago

    I read a lot, I love it and think it's very relaxing smile

  11. Larry Gee profile image57
    Larry Geeposted 12 years ago

    I don't think I've got any authority to talk about it on a grand scale, but I often see people reading. On planes, trains, buses, people are dipping into novels all the time, it seems. Don't lose hope! Maybe you're observing an area where it's not as common? Some of the bookshops I've seen in cities are packed to bursting!

  12. europewalker profile image78
    europewalkerposted 12 years ago

    I have been a book lover since I was a kid. I love reading and always make time for it.

  13. phiphi profile image60
    phiphiposted 12 years ago

    I just love books and its my hobby and hobbies remain exixts for the last breath of life

  14. philirodje profile image60
    philirodjeposted 12 years ago

    Yes of course it still exists. I read a lot when i am not working and there are so many stuffs you discover when you read.

  15. Tirzah Laughs profile image58
    Tirzah Laughsposted 12 years ago

    I've read 32 books on my Kindle in the last month. smile

    I read four paperback books.

    And listened to one audio book.  I also have a regular job and a side business. Plus, I write.

    I just read really, really fast.

  16. Foxy8609 profile image60
    Foxy8609posted 12 years ago

    Yes, this habit still exist. I make time for reading even if its only 10 minutes to a half hour. I look forward to my one day a week away from my significant other just so I can lay around in bed reading. I love it and its fantastic habit/hobby.

  17. iloveglee83 profile image62
    iloveglee83posted 12 years ago

    I love to read, I read every chance I get. I am sad that my favorite bookstore is out of business now, I don't care much for Barnes and Nobel so I guess I will either make the drive to Book a Million or stick with buying on Amazon. Everyone keeps telling me that I am going to have to break down and buy a kindle but I just don't think I can do it. I love to hold a book in my hand, I love the smell of a brand new book. I am just weird I guess LOL!

  18. Hypersapien profile image44
    Hypersapienposted 11 years ago

    I read constantly - always have, and always will (I hope).  Books are just as entertaining as movies and television - maybe even more so.

  19. CJ Andrews profile image87
    CJ Andrewsposted 11 years ago

    I think the general population reads short info.  I have so many people who tell me they don't enjoy it, they don't have time, etc.

    I use to read roughly 3 books a week.  I now have 2 great children - one who is active in a couple of groups and the other has special needs and has many appointments.  I now read many more magazines than books and only read 3-4 books a month now.

  20. SidKemp profile image86
    SidKempposted 11 years ago

    I think if you asked this question on YouTube, you'd get a very different answer. Of course, many people still love to read - even read books - as a way of life, as a way of learning, or as a hobby. But it is fewer and fewer. I've heard that 95% of books (other than fiction) are bought by only 5% of the people in the US, and I bet that's true. Reading is going out of fashion, for sure. Both literacy, and using literacy to enjoy life or improve ourselves, is a rare thing these days. Some people have truly switched to reading on electronic devices or computers, so reading of books is dropping even faster than reading in general. I just learned that most retiring baby boomers are looking to the Internet for health tips, not to books. That's a big change.

    So, as individuals, we hubbers read a lot - but we're all writers, too! As a society in general, we are less literate, we are reading less, and we read fewer printed books.

  21. Barbsbitsnpieces profile image83
    Barbsbitsnpiecesposted 11 years ago

    @Vishaaa...My goodness, what a sad commentary on our society if we have to ask and answer this question!

    Books are forever, as I hope libraries will remain, also! A computer is just a new technological tool; it isn't everything!


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