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Why I’m Leaving Goodreads

Back a couple years ago, I started using Goodreads: it’s a useful tool to keep track of books read and enjoyed, and it’s a great place to discover books not yet read. But now I’m considering a step away. And it has nothing to do with the social network itself—it has to do with me, and the susceptibility to self-consciousness as a reader.

Tania Unsworth, an author of three books, described [1] this tendency well in her recent post on Nerdy Book Club. She reminisces on reading as a child, the utter abandonment it proffered, and compares it with her reading now:

There was an intensity to reading then, a kind of total involvement in story that is hard to reproduce as an adult. I know too much now about tired plots and clichés. I am always comparing one thing to another, recognizing devices, identifying styles. No matter how good or bad I find something, I’m always aware of my response, slightly detached, consciously enjoying or not enjoying.

She writes of a time when she was a “girl of eleven, with a flashlight under the covers, devouring The Chronicles of Narnia”—when there was a complete immersion in the world of the novel, when one connected with a book’s protagonist and experienced the world through the eyes of the “other” in a powerful, beautiful way.

Why do readers lose this sort of joyous abandonment?

Perhaps it starts with book-based essays and college papers: with the constant call to analyze, quantify, and measure what we’re reading. This is, to some extent, unavoidable. But it doesn’t end there: the social media world encourages us not to do things for their own sake, but rather for the approval and attention of our burgeoning online audiences. We don’t just read according to the suggestions of others; we don’t just join book clubs. Rather, we Instagram pictures of ourselves reading, join a social network where we can show off our huge bookshelves, and post smart-sounding quotes on Facebook. I’ve done this—perhaps we’ve all done this. The problem is that it uses the author, the book, and the protagonist for our own personal, selfish ends. It makes the book about us, rather than about the story itself.

There’s also the siren call of list-making: we all love watching a list of accomplishments grow and grow. This is perhaps the largest reason I find Goodreads dangerous, personally: it enumerates the books I’ve read, and organizes them into admiration-worthy lengthy lists. It encourages me to look not at the quality of reads, not at the specific beauties of various works, but to admire and venerate the amalgamated monstrous whole. Thus, I begin to rush: I want to finish this book, that book, and the next—not to meet a deadline, necessarily, not because I’m so engrossed in the book I can’t stop—but merely because I want to check another book off my list.

Perhaps, as a writer and occasional book critic, this sort of self-conscious reading will be somewhat inevitable in the future. But I do want to re-experience the animation and passion that Unsworth describes in her article. There is a beauty to the imagination that deep-reading requires.  Whenever we read for criticism, for an audience, or for the joys (and dangers) of list-making, we will always have another besides the story in mind: whether it be ourselves, or our audience.

Unsworth is re-finding her love of reading through children’s literature. She’s right to look there, in the innocence and beauty of that world. But whereas she says “there are probably only a handful I have read as an adult that I would say changed my life,” I personally disagree. Some of the works that have moved me most were ones read in college and immediately after: East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, and The Fall by Albert Camus (to name a few). These books moved and changed me. The important ingredient here was that I did not read them with an agenda, or for an essay or audience—I came to them eager and thirsty to know them, to understand their characters, their plots, their inner meaning. And they did not disappoint.

In the future, perhaps I’ll keep a book journal, to jot down favorite quotes and books for future reference. But it will be a personal, casual, meandering sort of a practice. Not a list—not organized at all. The purpose will be to encourage contemplative, deep reading, not the mechanistic process of checking books off a list.

Like Unsworth, many of us have lost something since our childhood reading days. To put it simply, we’ve lost the “lostness”—the sheer abandonment children can experience when they give themselves wholeheartedly to their imagination. As we grow older, perhaps we become too distracted and responsible to do this. But a growing awareness of self (perhaps primarily) also discourages this lostness. To gain back that deep reading, I must give up my lists, my media presence—and myself, most of all.

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#1 Comment By Jan Bear On May 3, 2014 @ 9:41 am

In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain talks about a similar occurrence. To a riverboat passenger the sunset on the river is a lovely thing of colors and delicate textures, but to a pilot, every ripple has a meaning, often hazardous, and the charm is gone. Crossing over from innocence to mastery is like that. Probably the “selfie” focus of social media intensifies the pattern, but it’s not entirely responsible for it.

#2 Comment By Charlieford On May 3, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

“Why do readers lose this sort of joyous abandonment?”

It’s part of what someone called “putting away childish things.”

#3 Comment By the unworthy craftsman On May 3, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

I’m having the exact same reservations about Goodreads, the list-making thing, and the rush to get through books myself. I used to have a lot of fun keeping my to-read lists and adding books from the bibliographies of other books. That all went out the window when I got on GR.

Goodreads is addictive for book nerds, it’s fast, easy and powerful, it gives you a lot of good recommendations. If I were a public figure with alot of other people perusing my list I would find it irresistible to pretend to be reading Peter Sloterdijk and Roberto Bolano instead of the stuff I actually read: Garry Wills and AJ Leibling.

#4 Comment By philadelphialawyer On May 3, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

One way that I use to keep reading exciting, and to retain the ability to immerse myself in story and character, is to read widely, including reading what are considered to be merely “genre” stories and novels. Reading science fiction (or “speculative” fiction) as some folks would have it now) or fantasy (like the Narnia books) or mysteries or noir or adventure or suspense or horror or “young adult” fiction or light bios about pop figures or stories about legendary athletes or coaches and famous sporting events and so forth keeps things light and fresh. One does not read such things to build up an impressive list, nor does one expend much energy analyzing and cataloguing and comparing and so on. There is nothing of the “required reading”/”book report” or even “recommended reading”/”term paper” about devouring such stuff. It is just for fun.

I am not even looking for “inner meaning” in such works (although some of them do have it), but just enjoying them for what they are.

Another thing you can do is to mix in poetry. Have a few anthologies handy, and just pick them and read at random when you get tired of heavy non fiction and overly “serious” fiction. Read some lyric poetry. Some old stuff, some Herrick, and some Romantics.

Or read at random from Shakespeare’s comedies. Just enjoy the word play, without even concerning yourself with the plots.

#5 Comment By EliteComInc. On May 3, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

She writes of a time when she was a “girl of eleven, with a flashlight under the covers, devouring The Chronicles of Narnia”—when there was a complete immersion in the world of the novel, when one connected with a book’s protagonist and experienced the world through the eyes of the “other” in a powerful, beautiful way.”

I remember being introduced to science fiction in the fourth or fifth grade. My first was Tom Swift. Tom Swift and his incredible this or that. I could not get enough. My Texas history teacher (I think it was her.) then introduced me to Asimov, Heinlein, Clark and I was of to the races. Zipping through sometimes five books a week. Read, and read and read. The library notices of late books sent to my father’s command and then to him, landed me no few hangueings. And demands that I get out of the house. That I get some fresh air. That I get some sleep. And, “&@&@##[email protected]@, stop checking out those blipity blip blanken’ books.”

I believe those reads and that period saved my life – literally.

I sill love science fiction and the authors who provoked me, grokked me, cause me to wonder, consider, who wrote of things human before their time . . . often the value of the science lay in the more important vale of the exploration of humanness. I still have a collection of Ray Bradbury stories . . .

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“Why do readers lose this sort of joyous abandonment?”

I think my father figured out I was ever going to stop so intervened in a rather cruel twist. He challenged me to read nonfiction . . . and challenging my sense of duty slipped in some suggestions. I bit. And something in me changed, sifted.

I still love science fiction. And while I on occasion attempt recapture that time, that joy, that abandon, I fear that until I am on my death bed and my renewed childhood toward death ensues, it will not return. I only hope that if I am unable to lift those hardbacks of my youth that my son, if I ever have a son will be so kind as to follow a verse or two of scripture with my old friends and he can start with,

“The Misogynist” by James Gunn.

#6 Comment By j On May 3, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

I’m not sure how to feel about your article or if I should feel anything at all…I use Goodreads to keep track, that’s it. I don’t have any friends on there, I don’t chat and I rarely leave a comment. Once a month I may log in and post a book I’ve read then I scroll my list and say, “I remember that book.” However, I don’t think getting off of Goodreads will extinguish the need or anxiety if you will of hitting the next book because that’s in my nature. When I go to libraries or bookstores, I get excited energy and a need to read all books. I’m book crazy and with or without Goodreads, wanting to hit the next book won’t go away for me.

Sincerely,

Jess

#7 Comment By Mikhail the History Grad Student On May 3, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

I understand, and I sympathize. And yet I credit Goodreads with helping me get back into reading, alongside Amazon.

When I was in high school, I read like mad. I had a lot of hours in the day to fill up (long bus trips, lunch hours, study halls when I finished my homework… classes where the professor was dead dull). But when I hit college, and most especially graduate school, I fell away from it. I had a lot of things to do, I had less time, and the ritual of spending a couple of hours wandering the library felt began to pall. I also got pickier with my books. So, slowly, I stopped reading as much. I never completely stopped reading, but my pace slackened enormously.

Then a friend badgered me into Goodreads. And you know, I read a lot more now. Couple of reasons. First, yes, there’s the list, the enumeration, all that stuff. But there’s also a sort of challenge aspect to it. If before I could coast for weeks just reading online articles or the like, now I’m being challenged to keep finding new books. Plus the whole recommendation thing makes it FAR easier to find books I actually like. It’s not perfect, but it’s a better system than “wander the library till I find a catchy cover.” So, Goodreads has been good for me. I’ve read more new books in the last six months than in the foregoing six years.

#8 Comment By Random On May 4, 2014 @ 1:26 am

You make a good case.

I personally enjoy Goodreads because of the community. You lament the loss of lostness and I agree with you. To an extent.
I think Goodreads can be used to find the lostness. In the debates, in the fandoms of the various books, in the discussions and the various fun activities mostly found in YA book debates (mostly found in the YA section of books, alas.)
I think we, as adults, loose ourselves in books a different way than we do as kids. Of course, kids can dive head on into the reckless abandon of their incredible imagination. But was as adults can have fun theorizing about books, exploring them on deeper levels (all books, not just children’s, YA or Adult) we can analyze the characters, the plots, the devices used or lack thereof. We can engage like minded individuals and share our triumphs and tribulations with them, or engage in a heated debate with someone with opposite opinions. And really, there is always going to be a selfish use for our books. They are there to entertain us, to get us to think, to make us question reality. We use them selfishly everyday, to quench our thirst for knowledge, to be by the side of our favorite hero, to cuss and boo at the villains. Authors are often told to write for their audience (and for their own pleasure, sure) but they seek to engage their audience and they often do that by playing into our selfish needs. Our needs for a good read, a good story, a good character to love, character so vile that we cheer at their comeuppance etc.

I do agree with what you’re saying, but Goodreads doesn’t have to stifle your lostness, it can help you immerse yourself into your book, your fanclub, your group of like minded people, your fandom.

There is a wonderful innocent simplicity
of children’s books. But again we often use that for our own selfish needs, do we not? Our need to educate the little ones, our need to forget about the world and live inside a fantastical one, our need to encourage kids to leave the idiot box for a few hours and lose themselves in a good book.

Reading is intrinsically linked with selfishness. Hardly anyone ever reads because only because they want to support a particular author, unless they are the author’s friend or see that said author is down on their luck (though there are a few boycotts around designed specifically to NOT help an author.) No instead we pick up a book that looks like it appeals to us, more specifically our personal taste and our idea of what’s enjoyable.
We read for pleasure, we read for enrichment, we read to better understand our personal favorite authors or we read to help us question the world around us. But we don’t do so at the beck and call of authors. We do it for ourselves and our needs as readers. All reading is selfish to an extent (even in schools, books are picked because of our needs to be educated and well read according to our education standards.)

It’s how you use your selfishness that matters. Yeah, Goodreads and other booktubing/book social media sites can be used just to look impressive to our friends (look at how many books I have read!) but it can also be used to plunge straight into the worlds that inhabit our favorite books, explore differing points of view and interpretations of books you may like or dislike, or get lost in the worlds of fandoms/fanclubs and just have a bit of fun with your reading.

Every time you’re on a social media for books, you have to be there for the right reasons. Otherwise it’ll hamper you. I go on Goodreads for the activities and discussion, to share my experience with others and engage in a debate with differing points of view. I could not care less if my bookshelf is bare or has a thousand books. I read for myself first and foremost and then I go to GR to share that and see how others react.

#9 Comment By Greselley On May 4, 2014 @ 2:25 am

For me, it was not really a ground or reason to explain why someone would leave GOODREADs. IT has its purpose and the reason listed above is not one of them. IT has been there not for that reason, but it helps readers to know the plot of whatever stories. It is also a social network for a reason, it is to serve as a median between readers around the world to talk about their favorites and share it to others.Goodreads has been a great help for me because it has widen my world of reading. It may seem like that to you, but others have been grateful that this site existed.

#10 Comment By Rambler88 On May 4, 2014 @ 2:28 am

For many adults, the magic is kept alive by turning to the far wider and less predictable fields of non-fiction.

#11 Comment By Tinath Zaeba On May 4, 2014 @ 5:55 am

This might be too late…
But I love Goodreads. It’s like a bookworm’s facebook!

#12 Comment By Frances Evesham On May 4, 2014 @ 9:03 am

I remember exactly what you describe so well: the love of a story that took me away, made me dream of other worlds and different ideas. I have a to-read list that makes me feel guilty. Where did the sheer joy of reading go? Is it part of a slower, more thoughtful world? Or is it age? I see my grandchildren absorbed in a book, just as I remember. I have a book I want to read beside me. I have found it hard to justify the time it will take from my life to enjoy it. Your post makes me see how foolish I have been. I think,if I take the time, as I used to, I can recapture the true bliss of reading. Thank you for your thoughtful post.

#13 Comment By TomB On May 4, 2014 @ 10:36 am

It seems to me the problem lies in the fact that all reading requires a suspension of belief, even non-fiction to a degree. While that’s obvious with the former, even with the latter one is required to trust to a large degree. Trust, that is, that the author knows whereof he or she speaks and is being honest and etc. After all, almost by definition and certainly the vast majority of the non-fiction we voluntarily read anyway has to do with things we weren’t personally involved in. That indeed is usually why we read it as not many of us would be inclined to read tons that merely told us what we already witnessed and know.

Since suspension of belief is then so inherent in reading the reason for what Gracy describes here is pretty evident: When we are young it is easier for us to do so, and that is surely largely if not totally because when we are young we know so much less than what we think we know when we are old.

(And—attention Charlieford!—if this makes “childhood innocence” merely another name for “childhood ignorance,” then so what? Few if any of us as adults ever acquire such greater knowledge and wisdom that we can look down on what *anyone* else knows and believes.)

As with so many other things then one thing that might help is indeed a reaffirmation of modesty. That we most certainly are wrong about lots of things we think we know and what we believe, and to let go of our egos in that respect and give the authors their chances.

In any event this is a gem of a piece by Gracy.

#14 Comment By J Clayton On May 4, 2014 @ 5:52 pm

As someone who increasingly devours lengthy Victorian novels, I’ve found that those who affect a love of them and/or use of clever sounding quotes and poly-syllabic vocabulary supposedly encountered whilst reading them are often least conversant with their meaning, or able to discuss them.

Imagine that, we have supposed bibliophiles who have little willingness, when confronted or questioned, to discuss the merits of a work beyond the toe-dippery of “oh I love that.” Unacceptable–and I don’t care how otherwise common this has become the past few years. To me, it’s as horrid as the ease with which a sixty-year old creeper can now interact with a twenty year-old girl.

#15 Comment By Cat Snedeker On May 4, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

Thank you for reminding me why I read so much as a child. You are correct…now it’s about criticizing the writers style and form. Thank you college! But what I do like about Goodreads is that when I list those books from my childhood, I am connected with that feeling of wonder once more.

#16 Comment By Rachel On May 4, 2014 @ 8:59 pm

You know, a lot of the things you’re worried about are why I stopped doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I was about three months into my six-month-long reading of The Brothers Karamazov. I thought, “I’m really enjoying this book, regardless of how long it’s taking. Who cares how many books I read in a year if I can experience them like this?” So, I deleted my reading challenge and haven’t looked back since! (Granted this was like last July.) I do love the ability to have a list of the books I want to read in one place that’s easily accessible, and the community aspects. But anyways, I hope that quitting Goodreads brings you the peace of mind you’re looking for.

#17 Comment By Keith On May 4, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

I have only ever used Goodreads to help me find books and authors that are similar to ones I have enjoyed in the past. I do not make lists. What’s the point? I still enjoy books as I did in my youth.The only difference in my reading in the digital age is that I don’t bother with books that are not unique and moving. I refuse to let any aspect of social media alter the way I enjoy life. I am the master of it, not it of me.

#18 Comment By Informant On May 5, 2014 @ 8:18 am

Perhaps I’m strange, but I’ve never made any use of the “social media” component of Goodreads — it’s not linked to my Facebook account, I don’t post reviews or leave comments, I have no “friends” on the site — and I don’t use any of the advanced features on either my own profile or the book profiles. I can honestly say that I’ve never felt that it causes me to feel pressured to read books faster or to read different books.

I just use Goodreads to catalog my book collection, to reduce the risk of purchasing duplicates (once I started cataloging my books, I discovered nearly a dozen duplicate copies of various title), and to help me keep track of where my books are. (With a few thousand volumes, they’re split between home, office, and storage, so historically it was a bear to try to figure out where a particular text might be.) I tried using a spreadsheet to do all that on a few previous occasions, but gave up because manually inputting large volumes of text into a spreadsheet is quite tedious. Goodreads has allowed me to do that exponentially faster. I say all this not because I want to declare the author of this piece “wrong,” but simply because I don’t want people to feel deterred from using Goodreads out of fear that it is “Facebook for books” or something like that. Goodreads can be an atomistic experience if one desires that.

#19 Comment By Joanne On May 5, 2014 @ 9:39 am

I think you’re blaming Goodreads for something that is essentially your problem. As other commentary here shows, many people use Goodreads to keep track of their reading lists and find new books to read. The argument reminds me of people who think Facebook is ruining their children. These social websites are tools. You control how you use them and, ultimately, how you live your life.

#20 Comment By TeeTee Smith On May 5, 2014 @ 9:54 am

I do, to some extent agree with you, but I also think it’s a double edged sword. I am more aware than ever that I have a sort of accountability now when I’m tracking my reading on GR. Friends are anticipating my reactions and asking me along the way how I like a particular book, and how much they enjoyed it, which in turn can make me worry if I’m not enjoying something that they have. I sometimes find myself already formulating my review before I’ve finished a book, trying to think to myself ‘how to sum up this book in a clever way’. On the flip side, if I’m enjoying a book that a friend has enjoyed, to be able to share that ‘oh wow’ moment with someone is a joy. My ‘real world’ friends tend to not be readers, so to find a circle of friends who are reading what I read, and are sharing recommendations, thoughts, laughs and debates is priceless to me. One of the comments on here from Rachel makes sense-stop the GR reading challenge, because I tend to be very aware of it when I’m dragging through a book-I want to quit, but what will my fellow readers think? Instead of moving on to find something else that I will enjoy much more, I feel compelled to keep going even if the book is dead boring. But again, having someone to commiserate with over a bad book gives me a sense of validation. I’ll probably continue the reader challenge only because it’s my first year to do it, and I’m well ahead of my expected goal.

Nice to read a balanced article that’s NOT about author bashing or reviewer entitlement and GR censorship. Enjoyed this very much!

#21 Comment By philadelphialawyer On May 5, 2014 @ 10:44 am

I didn’t even know about the “challenge” and “list” making aspects of this Goodreads thing. Those, to me, sound like terrible ideas. As Rachel says, when you are reading a great book, why would you want to hurry through it just so you can move it from your “challenge” list to your “I read that” list right away, and get on to the next book?

List keeping in general sort of debases whatever experience is at issue. The list become the focus, not the books we’ve read, the birds we’ve seen, the places we’ve been to, and so on. Collecting is a fun activity, but it should probably be restricted to tangible things like coins, stamps, baseball cards, and so on. The spirit of the check list is not so compatible with experiential, non tangible activities like reading, bird watching and traveling.

Just find some book, of whatever genre, that appeals to you on the most basic level, and read it. Intersperse those books with serious books that you feel you “should” read. Read “The Brothers Karamazov,” by all means. But also read Simenon’s “Maigret” mysteries and Eric Ambler’s “Journey into Fear” and “A Coffin for Demetrius!”

#22 Comment By Josh Duke On May 5, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

You should feel more at ease knowing that regardless of “social” media, there is one very important thing to remember:

People aren’t paying ANY ATTENTION to YOU.

At most, a cursory glance at what you rated a particular book, or the first sentence of a review you’ve written, but by and large, people are on social media for themselves.

#23 Comment By Gracy Olmstead On May 5, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

Joanne,

I absolutely agree. That’s why I wrote that Goodreads is a “useful tool,” and that my step away “has nothing to do with the social network itself—it has to do with me, and the susceptibility to self-consciousness as a reader.” My purpose in writing down some of these difficulties was to connect with readers who may have similar struggles, not necessarily to condemn GR. If users find it to be personally and relationally beneficial, then I absolutely think they should continue to use it.

Best,
Gracy

#24 Comment By Pamela On May 5, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

I joined GR a little over a year ago and find it a helpful tool. I am a fan and am always sharing the webpage with friends. I do tire of plot and character repeats that I often find when overindulging time with the same storyteller. I have let GR become my on-line library instead of browsing the shelves of my local free library or bookstores. I can get inspired to read a new author or a new genre from the large variety of books provided thru GR. GR gives me a place to document my thoughts not only about the story but the storyteller. I would agree lists are no way to manage your life or track the number of books you read. GR is another option and should I ever want to see if I have read a book, what a great place to look – on my computer with someone else doing a lot of the work.

#25 Comment By Tasha Turner On May 5, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

I find myself taking irregular breaks from Goodreads. I’ll be very active for a time & then I’m inactive for a few weeks/months & the cycle repeats. Sometimes during inactive times I’ll stop in to mark what I’m currently reading or what I’ve picked up to read, sometimes not. Many groups have been ok with this once they got used to it.

Goodreads helped me learn to “not finish” reading novels which was a really hard step for me. I was surprised in group reads how well accepted saying “I’m not continuing with book/series” was. It took a lot of pressure off me that I didn’t realize I was putting on myself.

Turning the inner critic off is harder. I have to remind myself when I reading for pleasure versus reading for review. Some days I’m better at this than others. More and more review books get read twice – once for fun & if I liked it a second time for the review – if I didn’t like it then I don’t finish it the 1st time & don’t review.

#26 Comment By John On May 5, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

Terrible writing. Just because you have problems with this, don’t assume others do. “We” haven’t lost anything, “we” haven’t lost any joyous abandon or whatever stupid thing you said. You did. Get a life. Goodreads all day and I still love reading my books like I did when I was a kid underneath a blanket with a flashlight. Pfff.

#27 Comment By Beth On May 5, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

I disagree about losing “this sort of joyous abandonment”. I get completely immersed in my books and they make me really happy. I don’t read to be “social” or to be “smart” or to be “up with the times” and half the time I read garbage. But I read at least three books a week and listen to at least one book a week, if not more, and I just don’t get this reaction that you seem to have. I have found some great reviews and some terrific ideas for books on Goodreads, some that I may not have found on my own, and I even enjoy the challenge aspect of it, even though I read less than I used to (I do! I really do!). But I use it as a tool more than as a social experiment, because social experiments, to me, are boring. People are people and some will like books and some will not. I have been reading since I was two and I am now 51…I won’t stop my favorite thing any time soon and not only that, I will find a lot of new books to read that I wouldn’t have otherwise on Goodreads.

#28 Comment By jilrene On May 6, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

Interesting points.

I’m very happy to say I still get lost in my reading. I hope you find your reading zen again. It is really fun there. 😉

For what it’s worth, I don’t think Goodreads is the problem. It’s a tool, nothing more.

#29 Comment By EliteCommInc. On May 7, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

““We” haven’t lost anything, “we” haven’t lost any joyous abandon or whatever stupid thing you said. You did. Get a life.”

I think it is entirely possible, that Good Reads plays a role differently in the lives of some than it does for others. I think the article describes a relationship that is not planted on all others, but a personal refection.

I am no gentle soul when it comes contending a position, but I am a bit surprised at the harsh comments about a personal reflection and response to the site.

I am not sure we agree about much, but I got your point and hope you find your joyful abandon in reading once again.

#30 Comment By Alexis On May 13, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

Ebooks do not give me the same excitement as a “REAL” book of paper used to. Ebooks have taken away the ability to totally immerse myself into the story, therefore sending me back to the old fashioned paper books and a quite warm corner.