Reading Is Essential!

Autumn began last week……that much closer to some cooler weather and down here that is important……

One of my crowning achievements is imparting my love of reading and books onto my daughter and now onto my granddaughter.

I have about 2500 books in my library and less then 10 books of fiction.  To say I love reading is an understatement….I like the feel of the pages, the smell of an old book….all in all I love books.

Recently the push has been for “books on tape” (audio books) this lets people “read” a book while driving, jogging, even when having sex (but I would not try this if one wants to keep breathing)…..this lets people expand their knowledge and their enjoyment of literature.

I admit it that I have been a critic of “books on tape”……well the truth is I have been a book snob.  I felt that something was being missed by listening to your book instead of reading it.

Well, like everything someone has done a study on this subject……

Even for people who love books, finding the opportunity to read can be a challenge. Many, then, rely on audiobooks, a convenient alternative to old-fashioned reading. You can listen to the latest bestseller while commuting or cleaning up the house.

But is listening to a book really the same as reading one?

“I was a fan of audiobooks, but I always viewed them as cheating,” says Beth Rogowsky, an associate professor of education at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

I will withdraw to the “War Room” and kick back and do whatever the Hell I want…..I love being retired.

4 thoughts on “Reading Is Essential!

  1. I have heard a couple of audiobooks. We got them for my Mum, when her sight failed. But it crucially depends on how good the ‘reader’ is. If they are not talented in reading for others, then your attention soon wanders.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I agree. A physical book allows one to pause, reread a passage for a fuller understanding of the author’s point of view. There is a place for audio books, as noted above, yet I find them unsatisfying because I do like to linger and reread a passage I especially enjoyed or feel I need to reread for better understanding. Like you, my library is heavy on biographies and histories, but there are writers of fiction who capture my attention, too, for the complex themes they address. I like a challenge if I’m spending hours with a book!

    1. I love my books, all 2500, I worry what will happen to them when I depart…..I have made it clear that they are treasures and should be treated as such….chuq

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