BTT ~ What Is Reading, Fundamentally? May 29th

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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.

I believe that books, the internet, magazines, newspapers and e-books, comics and graphic novels are reading.  Audiobooks, not so much.  I think audiobooks fall under the “being read to” category.  It’s hard for me to stay alert and keep my attention on the topic when being read to as an adult.  When I was little I loved being read to by my folks though.  Maybe the imagination works differently when we are children to when we are grown?  I don’t have trouble listening to NPR but I’m pretty interactive and talk back to the radio or Podcast when I do. 

To me reading means that I am learning something by taking in the information through the “physical act of reading”.  I do believe that reading things on the internet does register as that.  I probably read more on the internet than any other medium, second being books and magazines.  I look forward to the day when I have a “Kindle” and will read e-books.  I love to read and always have.  I feel that lately I am always reading due to my new

Inspirational, Motivational ~ the Hump Day for May 28, 2008

I found this question via The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness and thought I would write a response here.

This week…it’s all about the other guy (or gal). One of the greatest things we all say we find in blogging is community. What post, blog or blogger has inspired you? It could have been a comment, a post, something someone did. Perhaps you’ve become friends. Big or small, if it moved you and caused you to take action in your own life, tell us about it. Tell us what inspired you, and then let us know the story from there—your story.”

I have dabbled in blogging over the last few years but it wasn’t until discovering Stephanie’s The Written Word and Lisa’s Books On The Brain blogs that I was inspired to really stick to it and focus on books and music for topics.  I started reading TWW in the spring of last year.  I loved the way her site looked and I really enjoyed her posts.  When I first started to read TWW, it was an on-line book club but as time passed and a new daughter was brought into the family it has changed into a blog sharing a little bit of everything.  It is no longer a book club but books are still discussed and recommended.  The posts were informative and clever.  Funny and entertaining.  I came across BOTB through comments left by Lisa on TWW.  Isn’t that how we discover so many of our favorite blogs?  BOTB continues to be a source of book blogging inspiration.  She is very active in the book reviewing community and is always discussing interesting books, old and new.   BOTB is full of book reviews, stories about the kids and hubby and fun meme’s that you are invited to share in. 

Planet Books has become a mix of a book lovers, music lovers and everything else type of blog.  As a result of blogging and reading other blogs, I find that my interests have expanded in the “real world”.  I am more interested in politics (I know it’s hard not to be right now), culture, the news, discovering new music and books and working on myself as a person, woman and member of society.  Having a blog gives me a great outlet to discuss some of these ideas and discoveries and I love the community I have become a part of and the friends I have made.  Though I may never meet these ladies or the many other people I have “met” via blogging, I appreciate all the words they share with us in the blogging community.  I enjoy sitting down everyday and learning something new from people out there just living their lives, making new discoveries themselves and then blogging about it.