Loss of reading comprehension?

I used to read ALL the time when I was school-age. By the time I was 8 or 9, I was reading/comprehending at a college level. I’m now 28 and don’t think I’ve touched a book since graduating high school.

Recently, I was talking with my sister (who is an avid reader) about how I’ve been getting an itch to start reading again. She surprised me with a beautiful edition of The Great Gatsby, which I loved the first time I read it (at like 12 years old).

I was shocked when I picked the book up today and struggled to grasp what F. Scott Fitzgerald was trying to relay through his prose. Even in my pre-teen and teenage years, I never struggled with comprehending even the most challenging of reads.

Has anybody else encountered this? Is there hope that I can regain this “skill?” Perhaps I should ease back into reading with something a little less… sophisticated? Is my asking these questions absurd?

I felt embarrassed and defeated as I struggled through the first few pages of this classic novel. I almost feel as if I’ve lost the intelligence of my youth.

TL;DR: I haven’t read a book in a very long time and now feel stupid. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

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Are we allowed to say a author is terrible at writing?

Seems like it's OK to say you didn't like a book or that there were problems that couldn't overlook and people understand. But I have seen and said myself a particular author is just terrible at their craft to which it's seen as an unfounded remark. Usually I see this in the YA community and get justifications that a series that sells millions can't possibly be bad because only good quality works sell. I then bring up 50 Shades and it all gets into a heated discussion

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If you are planning to read (or reread) The Midnight Library, listen to the Gris (Original Game Soundtrack) by Berlinist to enhance your experience.

I read The Midnight Library while my husband was playing through Gris, a really beautiful and atmospheric platformer. The soundtrack by itself is excellent, with gentle piano and orchestra that swells with emotion. To me, it felt like the music perfectly fit with the book, in tone and spirit.

It might just be my headspace right now, or my current circumstances, or just the experiences I’ve had through the past couple days, but the combination of the beautiful soundtrack and the story of the book hit me hard. Like the book, there are highs and lows of the music that can feel hopeful, melancholic, inspiring, and beautifully sad.

If you’re someone who can have music going on in the background while reading, what music have you listened to that has perfectly fit the tone of your book?

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Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner had always been one of the greatest books I have ever read. I loved the easy flow of the novel, and the outstanding perspective Hosseini gave his reader regarding Afghanistan.

I was discussing my favorite all time novels with a family member and they exclaimed that A Thousand Splendid Suns was possibly even better than The Kite Runner. I knew he had written other novels but had never given them a chance. Then I did. A Thousand Splendid Suns is AMAZING. I’m so grateful for Hosseini’s perspective, knowledge, and story telling ability to bring attention and understanding to his embattled homeland.

What did you think about Hosseini’s novels? Are there other novels that have presented perspectives from another country/ region that you found to be compelling and enlightening?

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Books and Virtual Reality

Reading small letters might not be great. But has anyone every felt a little disappointed that kindle books can't be shown off on a bookshelf. What if you were able to stock bookshelves in your virtual space with actual books you've read. That a friend can pick up and borrow possibly using the Kindle lending feature. Anyone have any thoughts?

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The dying animal by Philip Roth is the weirdest book I’ve yet read

TW : Graphic, Blood, Periods

I stoped reading for years and now I’m back to reading, I would consider myself a novice…

The dying animal was recommended on book for therapy on the school of life website and I thought why not read it and I’ve heard here and there that he’s a well know writer too

Then there’s this weird part where he gets jealous of one of exes of the girl he having an affair with, that one ex use to like watching her menstruate and he told her he wanted to do the same. Despite the weirdness of the book, the reflection around getting old and being confronted to youth is the thing that keeps me going but I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish the book. If anyone has read it before, do you think it’s worth it ?

(If you ever see some spelling mistakes, English is not my first language :/)

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Why are M/M books written by female authors more popular compared to those written by men?

Just trying to understand why this happens.

I’ve rarely seen male writers (who are gay) gain the same levels of superstardom writing M/M as their female counterparts.

You have more Becky Albertallis and Casey McQuistons than Adam Silveras and TJ Klunes.

Is there a particular way in which the female authors simply excel at writing M/M compared to the male authors? Is it possible that the female authors present a more idealistic fantasy (meaning more pleasing to female readers) and the male authors are more rooted in realism even if it’s a fantasy?

Do female readers specifically seek out M/M written by women and generally avoid M/M written by men?

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Do you find that the previous book you read has an impact on how you read and absorb your next?

I'm reading a book which could not be any more different than the last one I read yet for some reason the way in which I read this one and imagine each scene is the exact same way as the last.

I still get the same feeling as the last book. I'm sorry I can't explain it better.

It's as if it's an extension of the last book I read despite there being no reason for my mind to think it is or it feels as if the last book is getting in the way of this one. Perhaps I just jumped into a new book too quickly, I'm not sure.

I know this is very random and might sound like nonsense, maybe, but I was just wondering if this happens to anyone else much?

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Gilgamesh: My review

Hello everyone, I hope you aren't doing any mischief on the first day of the year.

So, I decide to read this small work of literature that has been frequently described as the oldest there is: The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Now, to start off with the title, I've seen some YouTube videos portraying Gilgamesh and Enkidu as bro adventure duo ready to go on a new adventure every now and then. They do this in the book, but I think it's over-exaggerated. On the other hand, I think there are two topics that can be singled out as more important than grabbin' and stabin'.

1)Civilization vs. wilderness

Enkidu was born out of divine creation as a counterpart to Gilgamesh. This meant not only superhuman strength and agility, but also wild instincts and a deep connection to animals. One time, he ran away from Uruk, Gilgamesh's city, to try to live again amidst animals. The gods decided otherwise, so they sent Gilgamesh and him to try to defeat Humbaba, the keeper of the Cedar Forest.

What's funny about this transition from a wild man to a civilized warrior is that it was not because of agriculture, jewellery, clothing or such, but because Enkidu made love to a priestess of Ishtar. I found it utterly unbelievable for a man to become civilized after having sex. After all, sexuality is so primitive that it is our way of propagating the race.

2) Fate vs. change

There's much to say about this, but it would require going into great details. Not to mention that other versions of the Epic tablets feature the Great Duo as villains and Humbaba as a tragic hero (almost). Obviously, Gilgamesh contradicted himself on this. When talking with Enkidu about the latter's dreams, he was so sure of the demise of their enemies that he proudly exclaimed that destiny is immutable. It is doomed to happen. And would you have guessed:Gilgamesh ran away from home to seek immortality, so he could escape "the human fate" (death).

This is hands down the most important topic for me, since I have taken a deterministic stance on life,and I am afraid of death. I am afraid of the terrifying descriptions found at the very end of the book. And it is ever more disturbing when we realise that this issue has been plaguing humans since times immemorial, and we still haven't solved it. What a shame. What a pity!

And that's about it. I would definitely rate this book highly for its portrayal of the great fears of mankind. There were no descriptions of people other than demi-gods and random travellers,so I'd say the book would have been even better if it had included stories of common men. What I also found shocking was the uncanny resemblance of the Deluge to the Biblical story of the Great Deluge. It's almost like…these old people suffered through the same kinds of problems, so their stories and myths have similar details.

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