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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

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…)
Bear with me. I’m all out of energy, so this may not make much sense.
At its most fundamental and basic level, reading is words on a page. Anything you’re casting your eyes over; you’re reading. You’re reading right now. :)
All of the forms above count as reading; even audiobooks. If that’s your only means of being able to access books, then you’re reading.
Book/newspaper/magazine/comic/graphic novel/audiobook in hand _ congratulations! You’re reading!
I don’t have a stance on it particularly. I’m not really given to analysing the things I like to do that closely. I enjoy them, they make me happy. That’s all I need to know. :)

4 comments:

jlshall said...

I sort of feel the same way - don't like to analyze it too much if it makes me happy. Hope you get your energy back!

Bybee said...

For some strange reason, I don't count magazines as actual reading although I read each article. For me it's "not really reading." Totally absurd. One of my quirks, I guess.

Maree said...

jlshall: Thanks :)
bybee: I love reading magazines _ well, some magazines. Trashy gossipy ones, Empire and cross stitch ones. But if I have the time and the inclination I'll read them cover to cover.

Marie said...

Hi! You've been tagged! Now you get to do one of those fun meme things. If you want! http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/2008/05/tagged-author-meme.html