Being in the 21st century, where everything is fast-paced, I feel like reading has been forgotten. Especially introspecting my life, I felt reading has lost its path, and what exists now is valorized reading.
Something like reading for the sake of reading
As we jump from one sensation to another, from one controversy to another, with an Instagram filter on our minds, this makes me realize that somewhere along the line I forgot to read and that a lot of other people did too.
We can blame it on our short attention span, but at the end of the day, we all reach out for something easy, short, and instrumental, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it because we live in perpetual amnesia that is triggered by the world being fast and urgent.
The constant feeling that I will miss out is something that triggers me to take my phone almost every hour, and it’s also something that has triggered a lot of anxiety in these last couple of months.
As I wrote down my thoughts, I figured I had given up on reading and writing somewhere along the line.
And this is an attempt to get back to reading.
If you, my friend, also gave up on reading, you can start again. I’m here to accompany you.
For me, the earliest memories of reading were when I was three and on train journeys. How dad used to get me a magic pot so that I wouldn’t be an annoyance
I am still an annoyance, but my love for books is something that hasn’t left.
Being brought up in a humble household, one of the things that my parents never said no to was books. I used to demand books as presents for every exam I passed.
I still remember borrowing books from friends and libraries and finishing them in two to three days because I loved the rush.
It came to a point where I was reading Jeffery Archer’s When the Crow Flies instead of my history books before my 10th board exams.
Do I regret it? Noooooo
The rush of having that imagination, the rush of going into a parallel universe where I portray the main character, seeing myself in situations, deciding what I would have done and what I wouldn’t, and complex storylines with spicy images keep playing in my head as a slow-motion movie. Enough that someday I could lend my brain cells to Elon Musk to make an extraordinarily brilliant movie.
All these emotions and memories are something that is beyond description.
Books have led me to a web of my past, present, and future, like an island universe that’s interlinked but not yet linked.
For me, a book does affect me; I feel pangs of grief, motivation, empathy, and all the emotions in between as the character develops. It is a small, intimate space of mine that nobody else has access to—sort of a mysterious realm.
Nothing is linear in life, and as life progresses, one of the things that I gave up was books.
Is there a specific reason? No
But I kind of discovered recently that one of the reasons why I had given up on reading was the anxiety in choosing a book.
The fear that I would miss out on this year’s nominations, what if it isn’t good, and this eventually felt like a job, not the one I liked, Going through reviews and feeding on people’s opinions got so tedious that for me reading lost its wonder in this process.
I missed picking out random books from shelves, going with my gut, and thinking it might be a hit. Even if it wasn’t, I would at least be able to take something away.
Now, this screams of slobbishness and elitism, but it is what it is: I was consumed by valorized reading, and I started mimicking other people’s choices instead of giving in to what my heart wanted.
Now, why am I writing this? Humans as a whole are very creative animals, and creativity being the buzzword in this digital era, I wanted to start reading again , be soaked in creative juices .
And I have started again, and the feeling is amazing—not bound by social pressures but doing something from a thick desire.
I don’t want to be a person who is limited to WhatsApp archives; I want to go beyond the perfect sentences and let imagination take its toll. And for this reason, books are my comfort space.
Feel sheer joy and delight, feel uncomfortable, have butterflies in your stomach, cry, and feel all the emotions as I turn every page.
I would say you also just need to give a short
I’m not going to preach a lot, but in the end, there’s so much knowledge to consume. Take anything—a newsletter, audiobooks, nonfiction classics—to feed your soul.
To bring calmness into this fast-paced life
To hold back and embrace emotions and to know yourself better, a book is all you need.
My current read is The ISIS Hostage by Puk Damsgard.
I’m ending this blog with a short poem I wrote on books.
“Now, it’s all being done in the past,
It’s all been written in the book,
and makes you think nothing ever lasts.
Maybe it’s something worth another look.
A string of words floats with fear.
And it encompasses all the emotions in this book.
Nothing is ever black or white.
Nothing comes easy off the hook.
I see people holding on to their past as a book.
Hating themselves more as they look”
If you have read till now, you have discovered my writing is as haphazard as it can get.
And that’s me, all over the place.
So do reach out to me and connect with me so we can share our books and recommendations and get chatty about it.
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115 thoughts on “Has reading lost its charm ?”
Hi! I enjoyed your article, and I have found myself wondering the same. Has reading gone the way of the Do-Do? Just this week, I sat down and read All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg. It’s a fantastic memoir about his mother and her sacrifices. Anyway, I thought I would let you know that I enjoyed your article and poem. Take care.
Heyyy that means a lott!!
I totally agree with you !!
Thanks again means a lot
Not for me, it hasn’t! And it never will 😊
daaaam !!!! you are my inspiration!!motivate mee !
Lol motivation should come from within! 😁
Great post! I used to read (books) almost every day, it was just part of my life. Somehow I’ve trailed off in the past year or so. Maybe it’s because of stress and changing life situations. I still read things, just not nearly as much in terms of physical books. Looking across the room at the bookshelf now, trying to see which one I might like to dust off… 🙂
thankuuu it means so much !!!!ohh thats actually great !!! i hope you get back to being an avid reader !!!rooting for uuu
I love your post about reading. I agree that reading is not what it used to be. I love just the sheer smell of a bookstore. Hardbacks, paperbacks, it doesn’t matter. I think a lot of people have short attention spans and as such just look for a short video or things that are not as complex as an entire book. Thank you for posting this.
heyyy!!! thanku so much it means a lot !!!same i love the smell of new books want to get back to it though !!
As for the smell of books, I relate. I’m the guy you’ll find shamelessly sniffing books right there in public, lol. 🙂
I agree it’s the most serenee feeling
I agree about getting back to reading books. This was a reminder for me and I no longer feel like I am the only one who loves books too. 🙂
yeah do get back even i m !!!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Reading has sadly lost its charm for most, thankfully not for me…I still love good old fashioned books, none of that kindle reader stuff. There’s some gratification to flipping pages and seeing progress in my reading that appeals to me over an e-reader. I’m also determined to raise a voracious reader by the example I set. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I always jumps genre when it comes to books to not get bored and to experience things I’d never experienced in my life through reading. Iike living between the pages and hey your poem’s good!
Thanks a ton
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I would love to check it out !!! I will probably get it tooo
If you follow my blog, you’ll see free book promotions on Amazon. I’d be delighted to have you as a reader.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article and can relate to many of the points you brought up. In this fast-paced world, it can be easy to forget the joy and value of reading. Like you, I have fond memories of reading from a young age and always having a book in hand. However, as life progresses, it’s easy to fall out of the habit of reading, and I found myself consumed by the pressure of choosing the “right” book and following others’ opinions.
Your reminder to let go of those pressures and trust our own gut when choosing what to read is so important. Reading should be a source of joy and creativity, not another item on our to-do list. I appreciate your encouragement to read anything that feeds our souls, from newsletters to nonfiction classics, and to embrace the emotions and self-discovery that can come with it.
I look forward to hearing more about your current read and connecting with you to share book recommendations. Thank you for reminding us of the value and wonder of reading.
OMG !!!! This is so sweet of you thanks a tonn!!!
I totally agree with you , i had gone on a reading slump because i was picking books way out of my genre just to be cool and those books didn’t resonate with mee
I also look forward to your writings and book recommendations
Thanku you made my day
You’re so welcome, It’s always great to connect with someone who understands the struggle of trying to read books just to fit in, rather than reading what truly resonates with us.
I’m excited to share more of my writings and book recommendations with you, and I hope they bring you as much joy as they have brought me. Let’s keep the conversation going and share our love for reading and great books!
Yeahh suree !!
I agree with you 100 percent. Sometimes, I just wish for a pause button, so the world would stop for a while. Everything’s so fast-paced. It’s seems like 24 hours a day isn’t enough anymore.
Yeah but isn’t it comforting that there are still people like us !! So let’s hold onto that hope
Hopefully it will get better
Whole blog was awesome and the words relates me too, felt something like someone infront of me and was telling me this.
Thankuu this means a lott
Big up you really wheeled the wise words
I believe that reading has not lost its charm. While our world has become more digital and fast-paced, reading still holds a special place in our lives. It provides an escape from the screen-heavy culture, stimulates our imagination, and allows us to connect with stories and ideas in a unique way. The joy of flipping through the pages of a physical book or getting lost in the words on a screen can never be replicated. Reading continues to be a valuable and enriching experience that can inspire, educate, and entertain us. It’s up to us to keep the charm of reading alive by making time for it in our busy lives and passing on the love of reading to future generations
Thanku this means a lottt!!! I totally agree with you
Well written! I think most of us here share the same opinion but few could have articulated it as well.
I agree with you in that attention spans are getting shorter and there is a false sense of urgency permeating our lives. The way I try overcoming that is by introspection and prioritization. Also, idleness is important to counter the sense of urgency in life. That is when you realize that a lot of urgent things are not only unimportant but also completely avoidable. All of this gives you more time for things that you actually value (e.g., reading).
P.S. I have written a bit on this on my blog too: takemetothatplace.home.blog.
Heyy thanku means a lot read your article it’s really well penned and structured
For me I prefer to listen to the audio version of books. But when it comes to blogs, I can sit and read for hours.
Personally I feel like I’m connected with the blog writter on a deeper level. I love that!
Even i love audio books as recently i have been trying to read more to meet my new year resolutions of 100 books
Wow 100! That’s impressive, you can do it!
A lot of people have kindles now like myself
I find myself in the exact same situation. Reading was my favorite thing to do growing up. I was the kid who was ordered outside in the summer instead of being inside reading all day (I’d just sneak my book with me). The pandemic stress took that away from me. I gravitated toward simple disconnect my brain tv, and I lost the habit of reading. Now I push myself to reestablish the habit. And it’s a tough push some days. I just finished John Steinbeck’s “The Winter Of Our Discontent”. Brilliant as expected. Now I’m pushing on to something totally new – Chris McKinney’s “Midnight Water City”. It’s work to establish habits. It’ll come back to you.
It’s okay what matters is you are taking your first step , take it slow i m pretty sure you would be back to prepandemic avid reader
Liking the room. Seems like a goof variety of choices. Books are the best – and with so much more character and better way to read the, then on the zombie device 🙏
I so agree books are best anyday
Yes! What type of books are you into?
Fiction and a tiny bit of non fiction
But not self help category
Ah alright – I’m almost the complete opposite. Maybe it’s due to my interest of psychology.
Now i m inquisitive!!!!
Oh alright, haha! What are you curious about or something you want to ask? 😂
I have always been inquisitive about human psychology
Well that’s s it’s good to be inquisitive about that field – or that’s my personal opinion. But in these days i almost feel every one should explore their inner self.
And it is highly interesting and complex
It’s me actually – had to delete my previous profile. Happy to you still like what i write
I m sorry can u tell me who you are ?
Of course. My username was naesarang
Heyy welcome back
Thank you. I actually don’t likt social media, but this is just writing. And it’s some good stuff on here as well. Plus i got a little motive to be back again 🙂
Yeah hang in there
Yes, it’s just to write poems or writings. That is my therapy and one way to reflect.
What a charming room – looks like a good variety choices to read. Books are the best! A little jealous of that “Library” 🙏
I wish I had that library too!!! It’s not my library it’s from wordpress images
Ah alright – i understand. I definitely want the house i buy to have a room like that. I was so so sure it was yours and you i that picture
Same i want to have a library of my own tooo
I really enjoyed this! And several other posts from you. So I wanted to follow you!
Maybe I’m just new to WordPress, but I had such a difficult time finding a button to follow you. There’s a subscribe button at the bottom to receive your posts via email, but I do so enjoy the Reader in WordPress. In the end, I had to go into my own WordPress settings to where you manage your followed sites and do a search for “Poestoryporium” in order to properly follow.
I myself had to find the option on WordPress to add a Follow option to my page. I don’t know if this is something that others struggle with when it’s not a big, bright, obvious button… But I thought sharing this feedback might help other WordPress newbies figure out how to follow you!
Thank you for extending the heartfelt invitation to be a reader again. I found this deeply relatable!
Heyyy thankuuu means a lot !!!
How did you add the follow button can you guide me through it!!!
I will surely take your feedback and incorporate it
I like your writings they so creative
Sure! It depends on where you want to put your follow button. Wherever you can add a WordPress “block” on your site, you can insert a follow button in it.
For me, it’s in my sidebar, so this is how I got to it:
From the main WordPress menu, left-hand side, go to Appearance > Customize > Widgets > Sidebar > You can add a new block and search “Follow button”
You might have to poke around a bit!
I love your latest. You rock <3 Looking forward to reading more!
Jaime bien votre publication 😍
It’s one of those things that seems like it’s obsolete and it can feel like “wasting time” (not to mention that actual hard copy books are more expensive, bulkier, heavier than electronic options). But for me, taking the time and effort to read hard copy books, makes me appreciate them more. It’s excercise for your mind to use your own imagination without a screen or pictures. It seems I get so many more benefits out of it than just entertainment or learning the material I’m reading.
For me books were my best friend growing up I didn’t have many friends so books kept me company and it kept me sane
Wow, really enjoyed this post! You express yourself really well. I’d agree with you – when I was a wee kid I loved reading, and now it’s a matter of ‘What short book can I get from the bookstore, to finish quickly and be mildly entertained for 2 hours!?’ Somewhere along the lines I lost the passion. But yeah, it can be ignited too… enjoyed this post a lot! Thanks
Thanku so much it means a lot !! I m glad i ignited some passion !! Please do get back to reading
Thanks, imma try haha!
Your opinion and views are fully endorsed.
Really enjoyed reading this ✨
I love reading. I started reading on a Kindle but hate it. I like the feel of a book, the smell, especially if it is an old marked up book.
I make it a point to work reading into my life. I find it relaxing and allows me in some ways to build a life I want to live in in some ways. When I am reading a good book, all time stands still I am so absorbed. It is like gardening, you need to make time for it. When you do, the rewards are great. ✌️🖖❤️
So true but what matters is you are reading!!!
I buy used books now as they are more economical
Oops, yes, I read constantly. I read maybe 3-4 books at a time. Some are new and some are old. I buy them, borrow them, steal them, sometimes rent them from the library. I am immersed in the life of FDR. Mainly I am reading old books written by people who knew him, but long since forgotten.
Cool that’s great!!
Maybe I am an endangered species lol
Let’s keep you protected 😂
One more thought. When still a kid, my next door neighbor could not read. She would ask my father to loom over documents. I felt so sad for her. What a world missed. When she died, I was left her dining room table. She was like an aunt to me. Etched into the top of the table was her name. When she needed to sign her name, she traced it.
We are way more privileged than so many others . I also feel people who read undergo adulting way more sooner
But now i m inquisitive about her thoughts and her world
Nope. Reading will NEVER lose it’s charm for me. There’s always the next great book, poem, essay, magazine. I love my local library. The thrill of coming home with a stack of unread books has never grown old. I wasn’t able to read until almost third grade, but once that door opened, I realized there would never be enough time to read all the books.
I m so glad that you never lost your habit of reading !!!! It’s phenomenal don’t ever lose that spark i so agree i started reading when i was 5 and that feeling the rush is like no other high
My mind has regrettably been rewired by the internet and social media. It is so much more difficult to give my undivided attention to a book now than it was ten years ago.
I don’t get very far into reading when I feel the pull (like a mermaid’s siren) to check my phone.
I hate what I’ve become.
It’s not only you it’s like that for almost all of us
So don’t be so hard on yourself too
The poem was nice though 😊
I also started reading for myself recently
thankuuu!!!! Congrats on starting reading
I think it’s just evolving into reading but on different devices
You’ve definitely hit a nerve here! Great post!! I love audiobooks for daytime, listen at every free moment I can. Just before bed, I love reading an old-fashioned book <3
I started audiobooks too it took me a while but i have got the hang of it i m planning to get a Kindle because i m traveling a lot soon
I have yet to use a kindle…
It’s great but not like physical books
You said that your writing is as as haphazard as it gets. I can’t say that I agree with that. It’s much more coherent than some of the articles on WordPress. Apart from that, I think the lack of reading in the 21st century is an extremely important topic. If humans become too addicted to passive forms of entertainment who will write the scripts for movies and audiobooks etc? Will we be left with nothing more than A.I’s well disguised combinations of old stories?
It’s really sweet of you!!! i so agree with you the quality of shows have degraded so much over the years
How much can we read a.i stuff it just writes the same thing again and again
People miss out big time by not reading.
I read a few books per month. I used to read more before I became a professional writer, like a book or two per week!!
I also read blogs, magazines, newspapers, zines, bulletins, and old diaries.
That’s why I’m on WordPress, not Facebook or Instagram.
It’s disturbing how little those people read.
I agree but I feel like the world is changing so fast . I was an avid reader 2 books a week sometimes 3 and then I stopped I did get time any more we just have to find that reading spark again
I remember one year picking up a book off of our shelf of miscellaneous readings. It was an old and unfamiliar one– The Works of Mark Twain. Don’t know how it ended in my possession. Normally, I would’ve not picked it up– thinking that Twain only wrote Huck Finn/riverboat stories. To my surprise there were many diverse stories– some of them almost supernatural. It once again showed me never to jump to any one author’s style of writing.
That really sounds amazing you are right we really shouldn’t confirm ourselves to boxes explore everything !!! Thanku for opening my box !! Will explore the box