Friday, 24 April 2015

Books........and reading

 I know I don't post very often these days, I always feel it is a bit boring with no photos, but I have been thinking about books and reading lately.  I have always loved reading, even as a small child - tucking myself under the blankets with a torch to finish a good story!  I'll bet many of you are guilty of that also.

Listening to a book as opposed to reading is a very different experience.  There is no skimming over bits which  don't interest you - or going back to check on another thing you have forgotten!  I can only go back or forwards one chapter at a time which is sometimes very frustrating.  I often forget  the title of the book I am reading as I only hear it the first time I start listening on my MP3 player!  I will  remember the author, so that is something.

The narrator is very important also, some of them are wonderful, often professional actors who almost bring the story to life, with different voices for each character.  Once or twice I have given up on a book simply because I could not bear the voice of the narrator.
I have heard some people say they go to sleep listening to talking books.  I rarely find I am doing that, but I do find  I am drifting off in another direction following my idea of what has just been read instead of continuing to follow the story!  Then I have to work out what has been happening as I can't go back just a few paragraphs - it does encourage concentration.
The other food thing about books on my MP3 player is that I can plug it into my ears and listen to a book while I am ironing or doing other boring jobs around the house.  I often continue to listen when I am out walking as I don't really see much of the scenery these days, and I can actually continue to look anyway.
Bill thinks the MP3 player is an excellent device for me to listen to in bed at night as I don't need the light on and he can go to sleep in peace.
We are enjoying magical Autumn weather here at last, with lovely sunny days - perfect tourist weather, just as we are heading away for a week to a conference in Bundaberg.  The ladies have a wonderful time being shown the sights and wined and dined while the men are working.  I will need to diet for sure when we return, there is always far too much luscious food - and it would be rude to leave it untasted!
Back in a week or two.