Poll: How many books on average do you read for leisure per month?
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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Not as many as 12 per year Mar 4

However, one thing is sure: once I've started one, I find it increasingly difficult to drag myself away from it. If it's a good book, I'll miss meals and bedtimes during the last chapters if I can. My husband has to adopt the role of a mother and order me off to bed!

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Teresa Borges
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On average? Honestly, I don’t know! It depends on the book and on what else is going on in my life. I always read before going to sleep, sometimes just a few pages, others the whole book! So, it might take almost a month or just two or three days to read an entire book. I always have two or three books on my night stand at one time. Right now: “The Strange Order of Things“, by Antonio Damasio (a Portuguese-American neuroscientist), “White People Can Dance Too” by Kalaf Epalanga (a writer and musician who was born in Angola and lives and works between Lisbon and Berlin), “Chanson Douce” by Leïla Slimani (she is a French-Moroccan writer, winner of the Goncourt Prize) and “L’amica geniale” by Elena Ferrante (the first of a series of four novels called “Cuarteto Napolitano”).

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Time does not allow more than 1 book per month. Mar 4

Because I have two full time jobs, I only have time to finish 1-2 books per month.

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Thanks for the tips! Mar 4

Thanks for the reading tips, Teresa! I am always reading unless I am cooking or gardening or - as just now - shovelling snow, or working or other specific things. But the default occupation is reading, and has been since I was about four.

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Teresa Borges
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"Chanson douce" Mar 4

Agneta Pallinder wrote:

Thanks for the reading tips, Teresa! I am always reading unless I am cooking or gardening or - as just now - shovelling snow, or working or other specific things. But the default occupation is reading, and has been since I was about four.


“Chanson douce” was published in English by Faber this January as «Lullaby» (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/review-lullaby-by-leila-slimani-b9ndhsnc5). I’m not sure if it was published in Swedish as “Vaggvisor”…


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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I read quite a bit, but if we are talking about fiction (novels) it is probably only about 4-5 books a year.

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Amlaku Eshetie
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Anyone in my situation? What's your experience? Mar 4

I actually envy of you who can read upto 3 or more books a month. That is my capacity for the year.

My question is: as freelance translators who do translation, marketing, invoicing and etc 24/7, how do you manage to read 3 or more books a day, a week or a month? I love reading and don't want to read just a page or two everyday but go continuous and finish the book in two or three days, and doing that became almost impossible with my freelancing business as a translator and also with trying to do more other personal writing and volunteering works.

Anyone in my situation? What is your experience?

[Edited at 2018-03-04 22:58 GMT]


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DZiW
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other: either quality or quantity Mar 5

I used to read a lot, now I can just habitually skim through the most essential, interesting or important parts in a dozen books; mostly non-fiction.

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xxxGitte Hoveds
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More than I have been for years Mar 5

AmharicEthiopia wrote:

...how do you manage to read 3 or more books a day, a week or a month?




I don't have a smartphone, so I don't wast time checking for messages all day.
I try to limit my TV watching to programmes that I actually choose instead of zapping mindlessly.
I stopped reading in bed and now deliberately make time to read, sitting up with proper light.

It's a choice. And I love it.


[Edited at 2018-03-05 05:50 GMT]


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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I read every morning and every evening.
No TV in my life so I read on average 4 books every month, unless I find 1000-page boo obviously


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