Does being a graduate student interfere with your love for extreneous reading?
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I am soon to start a PhD program in Education, and I understand that I will be doing a lot of reading for both my classes and my assistantship.
But I am a vocacious reader, whose primary hobby is reading books and reviewing them on amazon and other sites.
Question: as experienced grad students, do you find that all of that class and school reading decreases or increasses your desire to read other stuff in your free time?
Also, I don't know how it will be in your program, but the reading you will do in graduate school is much different than casual reading for fun. It involves more note taking and takes a lot longer if you are reading for research purposes. I had to completely re-learn how to read.
my fun reading dropped off considerably during grad school, although i also tried to have a light book to read at night just to have something different.
However, I don't think graduate school has interfered with reading fiction. I always need a good book to read at bedtime or in waiting rooms or on the bus, and that is always fiction.
This is worrisome. I am in a somewhat unique situation because my study (education, the philosophy and politics of) will be the subject of my PhD study. The way I figure it, though, that is all the more reason why I may not want to do extreneous reading in a subject that I am working so hard on daily.
I am also a member of the amazon vine program and a top amazon reviewer (252 at the moment). Reviewing is a large hobby of mine (as nerdy as that sounds) and I really don't want to decrease my reading "output" to nil.
But we'll see.
Short answer -- yes, and no.
Grad school hasn't really decreased my desire to read so much as opportunities to read. As I mentioned a long time ago in the now-dormant "How do you make time to read for the fun of it?" thread, I tend to get sucked into books to the detriment of my work. This has led me to become wary of starting new books for fear of the amount of time they'll take to read.
I'm in the physical sciences, which doesn't involve as much reading as other fields -- mostly source code, software manuals, and technical articles -- so my experiences may not be relevant.
I have an ever growing list of books I really want to read and can't wait until I am finished and can break into them!
Last fall the shelf with all the translation-facing-original Old English books were right outside one of my classes (class met in the library). I'd leave with great armfuls every week. As a full time student, I still read at a rate of more than a book a week.
I notice that when I have to do a lot of reading for scientific purposes, I prefer the easy Grisham-like books in the evening. When my scientific reading load is a bit less I tend to read more literature.
All in all, my library has become more impressive with the addition of the scientific books I have read :)
I totally agree with #2 - I also had to re-learn how to read. and #5 - I only read fiction that is related to my diss.
But as I get busy with college stuff, sometimes I don't have free time to read what I want. Such a shame!
Just hang in there, when you finnish grad school (and you will finnish, though it seems very far away) your appriciation of reading just for the fun of it might be even greater since you've been unable to do so for a long time.
As a lit. grad. student, there is considerable overlap for me, but often I am still reading with a pencil in hand.
I do like to read science fiction/speculative lit. no matter what else is the moment's primary focus.
Ahh, the side trysts with fiction...
Much to my relief, once I'd graduated I found that I enjoyed my reading more than ever, though. In fact, learning about the books I read was the best thing I ever did. Good luck with your studies - they might mean a bit of a rearrangement of your leaisure pursuits for a few years, but things do settle back again eventually.