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With all the advancements of technology in the past 10 years, the activity of reading has been revolutionized.  From the creation of e-readers like the Nook or Kindle, to apps like Oyster and Scribd or audiobooks through Audible, reading a book has never been more accessible.  And with the various lifestyles every 21st century individual embodies, the hobby of reading can be tailored to suit the everyday life.

So if you’re sitting there thinking you don’t have the time to read or you have the misconception that reading is only for school and that it’s boring, I invite you to finish this article.

Let me introduce you to 7 individuals who have different careers and different tastes in books but all have this in common (other than the fact that I have the honor of calling them my friends)–they read for fun.

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Nikki, Associate Services Administrator, Northern Virginia, 26

Currently reading:
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor





“I like it!  It’s getting better and better, I think, and I’m still super kilig* with Karou and Akiva.”
(*”kilig” is the Tagalog term for romantic feelings of butterflies in the stomach)

As a young professional in the DC area, Nikki utilizes the down-time at her job by recreationally reading.  She primarily uses the Kindle app online browser but on occasion, reads e-books on her iPad and hardcovers and paperbacks.  You can typically see her with a Mystery/Thriller book but also dabbles in the YA genre.


Dean_cubanDean, Operations Training Supervisor, Brooklyn, NY, 30

Currently reading:
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

“Highly recommend this.  TAGR is Career 101.”

With a commute of about 3 hours every weekday, Dean takes advantage of the realm of audiobooks.  Instead of going through endless commercials and flipping through the local radio stations, he manages to capitalize on this time to get some non-fiction reading done.  Traffic can no longer be said to be a waste of time.

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Erin, Student,
North Jersey, 15

Currently reading:
The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher


“This is the second time I’m reading this and the ending always gets me.”

The only one of my 7 friends that is a student, despite having assigned reading, Erin still sets aside time to read books to her personal liking.  She primarily uses the Kindle app on her iPhone 6–and taught me to use the black background to save on battery–but also likes to get her hands on books from the local library.



Director of Accounting, Central Jersey, 29



Currently reading: 
Paper Towns by John Green


“I decided to pick this up because I want to read other types of books and I think I’ve OD’d on the fantasy genre…I just like reminding myself that there are trillions of different books out there that are just as good, if not better.  I don’t like pigeon-holing myself.”

With tax season over, I’m sure Karina has her lunch hours back–which is when she generally has time to turn on her Kindle device and read during the week, while munching on food.  Historical Fiction is her cup of tea, but she also indulges on many different types, from YA to non-fiction.  She very recently binge-read the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, reading over 1,500 pages in a weekend.


Mark, Assistant Property Manager,
Northern Virginia, 30

Currently reading:
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo







“I just started but so far, I like the world she is creating.  It’s also pretty well-written.”

Although his job doesn’t have much down-time to pick up a book and read during the day, Mark prefers to binge-read anyway, having recently read The Kite Runner in one night.  His go-to genre is Sci-fi/fantasy but reads just about anything in Fiction.  Despite owning a Kindle e-reader, he would rather read a book in hardcover.




Juna-Willa, Educator,
Brooklyn, NY, 31




Currently reading:
People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry


“I like that I really want to know what happened to her.  It also reminds me of In Cold Blood.  It’s a cool read.”


As a teacher in NYC and head of a book club for her students, Juna-Willa is exposed to various types of books.  Currently on a non-fiction fixation, she owns an e-reader but prefers to go to a bookstore and personally purchase a new novel, reading it during her subway commute through the Big Apple.



Carlo, Business Process Architect Consultant, Northern Virginia, 26

Currently reading:
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand








“Some stories I enjoy.  Some stories are okay.  The dialogues, I think, are the most interesting.”

Not having a preferred genre, Carlo approaches all book recommendations with an open mind.  And despite the chaos that can ensue on the Metro during rush hour, he is able to tune it out and utilize the Kindle app on his iPhone 6+.

And just for fun…

Steph_NCStephani, Research Analyst, Northern Virginia, 28

Currently reading:
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion






“Every snippet review I’ve read says this is a feel-good book–and I’m definitely in the mood for that.”

As much as she can help it, she avoids using her iPhone 5c and MacBook Air as reading devices.  The Audible app is fair game, however, and is used for her commute to work and doing chores around the apartment.  Paperbacks and hardcovers are overflowing her bookshelf, but she never ever leaves the house without her Kindle Paperwhite, home to around 450 books.


There you have it.  Different professions, different reading styles, and I have the pleasure of talking books with all of them.  Have I mentioned how lucky I am?  🙂

Other than showing that the ladies like lofty locations and that men and Cubans go hand-in-hand, I hope this post would, at the very least, make you wish to read more.  Hey, if 7 of my really good friends can make the time, so can you!

Do you have a reading method that you swear by?  When do you find the time to read?  And what are you reading?

Til next time!


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