Suggested by: Thisisnotabookclub
What is reading, anyway? Novels, comics, graphic novels, manga, e-books, audiobooks — which of these is reading these days? Are they all reading? Only some of them? What are your personal qualifications for something to be “reading” — why? If something isn’t reading, why not? Does it matter? Does it impact your desire to sample a source if you find out a premise you liked the sound of is in a format you don’t consider to be reading? Share your personal definition of reading, and how you came to have that stance.
(Two weeks late for Reading is Fundamental week, but, well…)
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Good question! For me, it’s better answered by considering the purpose than the format – mostly. Since I find it harder to concentrate on what I’m hearing than on what I’m seeing, I don’t really enjoy being read to for long stretches, so I’ve never really been very interested in audiobooks. (If I were, I still don’t think I’d ever say I “read” an audiobook; I’d be more technically correct and say I “listened to” it. But that’s just me.) I also don’t really count the number of blogs and articles I read online as “proper” reading, nor am I especially interested in e-books. I guess I’m still old-fashioned that way; I consider “real” reading to involve a printed page.
Having said that, this is where “purpose” comes in – it’s a printed page I’m reading for my own enjoyment, regardless of the content. If it’s assigned for work, or intended as preparation for an exam or something like that, then it’s not “reading,” even if I am reading it (if that makes sense!) If it feels like a chore – and whether we like to admit it or not, some reading material is indeed a chore – that takes the enjoyment right out of it, for me.
If I’m reading it out of interest or curiosity, it’s most likely a book – a novel, a memoir, a history – and it probably has more words than pictures. I’ve never gotten into manga or graphic novels, and I really haven’t read comics since junior high. But it could be a newspaper or a magazine; it depends on where I am, what I brought with me, and what else is going on around me at the time. Once we get past the format and purpose questions, then it’s the content on that printed page that determines what “reading” is.
Questions courtesy of MindFul Mimi who had some thought- provoking ones this week.
1. For me boredom is the opposite of creativity.
2. Intuition, by Allegra Goodman was the last excellent book I read (the highest-rated book I’ve reviewed here so far this year).
3. I like fill-ins because there are no “right” answers!
4. In nature I like looking at green hills in the springtime.
5. The person with the most popular AND electoral votes should win the US elections (you’re not getting a more direct answer than that right now, sorry!)
6. The last time I laughed with all my belly was …well, I can’t remember exactly, but it was probably at one of my husband’s jokes a day or two ago! (He makes me laugh a lot, so I’m not sure any one time really stands out.)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to seeing my stepdaughter perform in her class musical, Bugsy Malone, tomorrow my plans include shopping for groceries and kids’ clothes for our vacation and Sunday, I want to have some reading time, some writing time, and some family time!
One thing I’ve noticed about doing the Page 123 meme weekly is that it’s making me read a little more actively – that is, faster; I can’t use the same book for it two weeks in a row, so if I’m still reading the same book two Fridays in a row, I have to skip the meme!
Pick up the nearest book, and open it to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence, and post the next three sentences.
I’m currently reading The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond. It’s a gripping and thoughtful page-turner concerning one of those topics that makes any parent anxious – a missing child. I’m finding it particularly resonant because the child goes missing while under the watch of her future stepmother, which it seems to me creates an additional source of story drama.
“What do you think she’s after?”
“Hard to tell. Sherburne’s bringing her in for questioning this afternoon.”
A possible break in the case? Or a complication? I’ll find out soon!