7 Ways to Get More Out of Your Reading Life

7 Ways to Get More Out of Your Reading Life

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    • #41849

      If you were there for tonight’s class (or if you watch later), which of the seven are you going to try first?

    • #41907

      I don’t know yet. But I just wanted to pop in really quick and say this class was great! It helped me learn more about myself as a reader. I want to go and watch the replay so I can jot down some notes. 🙂

    • #41957

      I am going to tackle the making time to read suggestion. That is the thing I have the most trouble with, even though finding time is not a problem. Social media is my problem. I am a news and politics junkie, and I monitor Twitter and Facebook constantly. Add Youtube, television and radio news and that’s my day. I hate it because I don’t read anymore. I figure I’ll start with trying to read for half an hour. I am hoping I will really get into a book and not want to stop. This will take real willpower though. I am literally physically compelled to check Twitter about every 5 minutes. It’s bad. What a first world problem, huh??

    • #41964

      Step six – track your reading. I’m going back to the pen and paper method. It will easily lend itself to answering the questions listed in step one.
      Stepping stones. 😉

    • #42019

      I know I am a supply reader. I have to get better at letting go of books that are not just not for me.

    • #42026

      At this point I am needing to branch out to plot driven novels. After this class I realized I am only reading character driven books. Well, I love them! However, I would really like to find some good plot driven novels. Also, I think I may be a demand reader. I have no issues putting a book down if I don’t like it, but that means if I have nothing to replace it with, I’m reading cereal boxes. Then all of a sudden I’ll binge read because the books around me (from library holds or my own shelf) sound so interesting – whereas a week ago they didn’t. So basically I’m moody! LOL Although we always have a book going with the kids so I get my reading fix no matter what.

    • #42167

      I would love to talk more about plot-driven vs. character-driven: Can we throw out some examples in each category to help me understand? Can we also talk about if there’s a way to categorize a book before reading it? Is that possible?

      • #42222

        @kacie I had not heard the concept of plot-driven vs character-driven books before MMD. But I’ve thought about it and here’s my take. Character driven novels have rich, multi-faceted characters that you can relate to, love or hate. A Gentleman in Moscow is a good example. There is not a lot of action in the book; it’s more just the Count experiencing events and his reactions and transformation as a person.

        A plot-driven novel is a story where the events drive the story. A lot of YA is plot driven. Think Maze Runner Or even Hunger Games. Often the character is challenged by events and how to overcome obstacles, but there’s not a lot of detail on them as a person.

        I hope I’m expressing this well. This is just my take on the subject. I would add that my favorite stories have rich characters and a meaty plot. Think The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Or Girl on the Train. And I don’t know a way to tell them apart before reading other than finding an author you like. Maybe someone else here has ideas.

        • #42227

          @ereiam I think you’ve nailed it. Thank you!

          I was thinking also about where else I’ve seen plot-driven vs. character-driven, and that’s in newspapers. A hard news story is plot-driven. 5W + H, more or less. A news feature is character-driven: Who is this interesting person, and what makes them tick? What is this new trend we’re seeing in our town?

          Now, it’s not exactly the same to compare a newspaper article with a novel, but seeing distinctions such as these are helpful for me to get a better handle on how to categorize my own reading, and identifying what I enjoy.

    • #42185

      Hi, @ginger (or some other attentive viewer) … in my enjoyment of the HTGMOOYRL class, I didn’t actually write down the seven ways. Anybody able to post them briefly here?

      • #42187

        Shari, If you go to the replay page, right below the video window there are three bars – Join the discussion, Chat Record, and Class Slides. One of the slides lists the seven steps. Hope that helps!

      • #42206

        I would also like to learn of some examples of plot v. Character driven examples. I am often drawn to character driven books, but they are often the ones I tend to rate lowest. I have realized that, if character driven, I really need to like the characters.

        • #42210

          This is such a good thing to know about yourself!

          I think of books like Crossing to Safety and Gaudy Night as character driven. If someone asked me what they’re about, I’m more likely to talk about the characters than what happens to them.

          For plot driven, I think of books like The Widows of Malabar Hill and Young Jane Young. There was certainly character development in those, but the action drove the story more than the internal development.

    • #42207

      I went to Goodreads and looked at “popular character-driven books” and then “popular plot-driven books.” It is quite astounding how lop-sided in favor of character-driven novels I lean. I don’t even have a handful of plot-driven books checked “want to read.”

      • #42211

        I had no idea Goodreads even had these qualifications. Fascinating!

    • #42214

      I saw some lists on Goodreads, too, and I think To Kill a Mockingbird was on both (I could see that argument).

      Currently reading The Catcher in the Rye, and this is a clear example of character-driven.

      Read The Outsiders a few days ago (loved! I also catching up on some modern classics as you can see, haha) and it leaned more plot-driven for me, but with some noticable character development. I think my favorites are plot-driven with great characters.

    • #42244

      I loved this class! I am starting with #1 Identify Your Taste. I have a good gut feeling when I browse the library and bookstores what I am looking for. But to describe it with words – I haven’t figured that out yet. I am about to jump into my Goodreads where I have tracked my reading life for the last 10 years and see how favorites and others I enjoyed are connected.

      I was really interested to hear @mrsdarcy share that while she loves Plot Driven, her favorite novels are actually Character Driven.

    • #42310

      Does someone mind sharing a quick explanation of supply vs demand side reading?

      • #42311

        I would appreciate this too.

      • #43132

        I think Supply means always reading no matter what it is or if you like it or not and Demand means only reading when a book “demands” your time and attention because it is that good.

        Honestly I think I am somewhere in between…

      • #43138

        I think of supply side reading as one who always has something to read and who works it in throughout the day. A demand side reader picks a particular book they want to read and reads it as a dedicated reader. A supply side reader may read more and more of a variety. A demand side reader reads more intensely and more within her preferred niche.
        But I may have this all wrong!

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