Fandango’s Provocative Question #191


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

There was a time in my life when I was a voracious reader. Yes, reader, not eater. I was never a voracious eater. But I digress. My point is, in the days before the internet, before WordPress, before Facebook and Twitter and TikTok and YouTube and binge-watching on Netflix; in the days before having the world at you fingertips with newsfeeds on mobile phones, before…well you get my drift…I used to devour between three and five books a week. Mostly novels.

But these days, I don’t read books much anymore. Maybe I read three to five books a year, not three to five a week. But I don’t think I’m that unusual in that regard. Or maybe I am, which brings me to this week’s provocative question.

With all of the distractions mentioned above, do you read books as much nowadays as you used to ten, twenty, or thirty years ago? Why or why not?

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23 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #191

  1. Marleen November 23, 2022 / 7:41 am

    I’ve never read many novels by choice, read more when required to for book reports and then one once in a while throughout life. What I read more of was non-fiction. But I haven’t been reading much lately in the form of books. I read articles and websites and some other things… and wish I cared to read a book on my shelving. Recently, I was going to read a novel. Amazon wasn’t working, so I found a story by the author on Netflix or Prime. Cured that.

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    • Fandango November 23, 2022 / 11:34 am

      Am I missing something. I don’t get your comment, which is “div dir=”ltr”>I found audib”


      • donmatthewspoetry November 23, 2022 / 4:17 pm

        Don’s Puzzle Solving Service here Fan. Seems Rugby is puzzled also.

        div dir=”ltr”>I found audib means

        The Divisional Director, nickname = ‘ltr’ short for litre has found an audiobook

        On how to remove balloons from the water supply. (pollution problem)

        How do I know? he texted me. We good mates.. Jack ‘ltr’ Pentwhistle (Divisional Director SF Waterworks)

        I told our Premier I was in touch with Jack. You know what he said? Put his arm round me, we good mates too. Don mate, becos of you we gonna ban balloons next year

        I’m gonna have to make a cotton balloon for me little one’s birthday now Fan. Wish me luck. Next they’ll be banning hydrogen. Kaboom……

        I’m sorry Rugby has not sorted out your puzzle. No need. At your service anytime. Don’s Puzzle Solving Service – affordable fees. fee free for friends. That’s you.

        If I wasn’t downed by Covid I wouldn’t have time for any of this twaddle. Why me Fan?


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  3. Nope, Not Pam November 23, 2022 / 11:04 am

    I average a book a week. The only change in my reading habits is I no longer feel compelled to finish a book. Now ai just put it aside if I’m not enjoying it

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  4. cagedunn November 23, 2022 / 12:12 pm

    I read more now, as I have more time – and one thing to carry around. EReaders make it much easier, but it’s harder to find things I really like to read – so I’ll have to write them.
    Numbers? You want numbers?
    Okay. I read 7-10 books each week, most weeks of the year. They’re not all short, and I’ve given up trying to put them all up on Goodreads. I prefer reading to administration of what I’ve read.
    In my younger lives, I worked too many hours, had too many foster kids, and had too many jobs around the house to get done to be able to read much – but I did a lot of daydreaming (I call it pre-writing these days), which frees the body to do the physical work without too much frustration.

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    • Fandango November 23, 2022 / 10:30 pm

      You DO read a lot of books. Impressive.

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  5. donmatthewspoetry November 23, 2022 / 3:46 pm

    I have a nice library covering the walls. Lucky to have read 10%. However, they make for nice 3D wallpaper and sound absorbency. We forget how cosy a wall of unread books can be……….shit. must turn that Kama Sutra one around. What will Mrs Tipperlady think?…..I’m a pervert?

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong November 23, 2022 / 8:14 pm

    I listen more, read very little. I have read so much for so long that I’m finding it increasingly hard to find books to read that I haven’t read before and there are some I’ve read many times. But I don’t read. I listen. I swear, it has saved my soul.

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    • Fandango November 25, 2022 / 11:06 am

      Yes, the time I spend writing my own posts and reading those of other bloggers is time I would otherwise spend reading books.


  7. leigha66 December 15, 2022 / 11:24 pm

    All of those things do definitely take away from time and “need” to read. I can add one more issue to my list, fibro fog. With fibromyalgia sometime thinking gets muddied and I will read something at night and the next day only recall about half of it. But I am determined to change that. Between kindle on my laptop and a book recommended by a friend… I want to at least read three to four a year… I think I just made an early New Year’s resolution.

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