If you visit here often, you might know I’m an Audiobook fan. I recently finished listening to News of the World, Born a Crime and The Demon Under the Microscope, and I loved all of them. I’m challenging myself to read (listen to) 25 books in 2017, which is lofty – for me – but aim for the stars, right?
If you’ve never listened to an audiobook while painting and drawing, you can give it a twirl for free with this link. Download your first book for free, and if you don’t like it, cancel out of Audible, but keep the book. 🙂 Not a bad test, eh?
Paul LaFarge wrote about digital vs paper reading in Nautilus: The Deep Space of Reading; Why we shouldn’t worry about leaving paper print behind. I love books, on my shelves, in my studio, on my bed stand, in my hands and narrated to me while I paint. I don’t think paper books are going away, but I have friends and family who wouldn’t touch an electronic reading tablet because they’re convinced it will contribute to the elimination of paper books, and dumb down our reading abilities. If you’ve ever debated the issue with friends (or yourself), from either side, Paul’s essay is a good read.
The Internet may cause our minds to wander off, and yet a quick look at the history of books suggests that we have been wandering off all along. When we read, the eye does not progress steadily along the line of text; it alternates between saccades – little jumps – and brief stops, not unlike the movement of the mouse’s cursor across a screen of hypertext. ~Paul LaFarge
Choosing books based on plans – like my recent travels to France – opened a festival of reading choices as friends recommended A Year in Provence, The Greater Journey and The Little Paris Bookshop. I listened to and loved each of them. If you’ve read other books that take place in France, please share titles and authors in the comments. I’m still dreaming about cheese, baguettes and the rolling hills of Provence. And I’ve got many books to read before the year is out. 🙂
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More recently, books, especially paperbacks, have been printed in massive and inexpensive editions. For the price of a modest meal you can ponder the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, the origin of species, the interpretation of dreams, the nature of things. Books are like seeds. They can lie dormant for centuries and then flower in the most unpromising soil.