Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
I’ve been reading just not posting about it…honest.
I was reading so much for a while at the beginning of the year that it got a bit overwhelming to try and post all the books I was reading. I still love my Kindle and I use it every day but I’m just not reading as much as I was before. I’ve already read 52 books and am ahead of schedule for 2012 goal of 100 books. I still have the goal but I want to read more for the enjoyment of it and less for the “trying to get them read as quickly as possible” of it.
In addition to reading traditional books and books on my Kindle, I also listen to my favorite podcast, Craft Lit. I stopped listening for about 6 months because I was heavy into politics but now I’m sick of listening to it so I’m trying to get caught up on all the back episodes of Craft Lit. I love Heather Ordover. Her voice is amazing to listen to and I love hearing about what she and her family are up to in addition to the books. But the best part is the books and the “lectures” that go along with them. Not that Heather lectures but it’s like getting a free college literature class when you listen to Craft Lit. English Lit and Creative Writing were my two favorite classes in college. Occasionally I think about taking them again just for fun.
I’m still getting caught up on Dracula. I think I’m down to the last two chapters. Between Dracula and Treasure Island, sometimes I have the weirdest dreams. One of the things that I love about my Kindle is that a lot of the classics are in the public domain and that means that I can download and read them for free. I Craft Lit it in the car and Kindle it at home and on my breaks at work…though sometimes I Craft Lit it on my breaks if I’m working on my knitting at work…which happens.
On a “recent” episode of Craft Lit, Heather talked about whether reading an actual book is the same as listening to the book. For me, it’s not the same thing. Reading is a deliberate act of concentration for me while listening to a book, I tend to fade in and out as I think about other things or am doing other things. If I actually sit down to read, I tend to remember the plot and the characters better and I also become more emotionally invested in them then I do when I’m listening. As for which medium I prefer, it’s really a tossup. I like being able to listen to a book in my car but I love the feel of a book in my hand too. Listening to a book makes my commute a lot faster but actually reading transports to me to other worlds. Both formats defiantly have their benefits.