Hello everybody!, wow, it's been a while since I've actually done one of this. I've been blogging, and as I mentioned in the last TSS I did the the 24-hour-Read-a-Thon, so I have a couple of reviews ready to be posted. Is just that for a while I didn't have a particular discusion in mind.
So what is it that I want to discuss with you guys today? Well, this week in Book Riot, Kit from Books are my Boyfriends, wrote a very nice piece titled: How many pages do you read a day?, and that got me thinking.
First of all I was unable to give a straight answer. Until this year when I joined Goodreads, I only new the amount of books I read in a year, thanks to my spreadsheet on Excel. I knew what books and in which order did I read them through the year, that's it that's all. Now I "know" how many pages I've read so far, how long it took me to finish a book, etc...well the information is there, I don't actually know, sorry.
But then, I mentioned it, and someone else, far more eloquent than me pointed out the same point: There is pages and there is pages. You see, when I was a kid I read the whole Goosebumps collection, and that added to a nice amount of books and hence pages. But reading such books was not as demanding as when I tried (and failed) to read Don Quixote, the unabridged version (in my defense I was barely 15, it was a hard read people!).
I'm not saying that one is better than the other, because I do not believe so. I've read very "simple" books (no in content, but as how easy it was to read) that were very good books, and I've read dense-like-a-brick books that although interesting made me want to hide in a corner because I wasn't enjoying myself anymore.
And then you have audiobooks. I personally haven't fall for them, although I think they are a really good option for a lot of people. But I feel that we cannot put in the same platter the books (paper or e-reader) that we read and the books we listen too, unles you actually sit down, doing nothing else than reading the book; I mean that your whole attention is on the story, not something else. Why do I say that? I am a fan of podcasts, and sometimes at the lab I have the Science podcast or the Naked Scientists podcast in the background while doing my experiments, so I pick up some of the stories, and once in a while I will hear a "keyword" that will shift my attention to the broadcast. But I cannot said that I listened to the whole thing, except when we are in the car, and I think the same applies to people with an audiobook while, for example, doing an experiment.
So what do you think? Do you know how many pages you read during the day? do you think is fair just say a number, independent on what you are reading?
Thanks for stopping by. If you have the time, I invite you to see some of my latest reviews, and as always, have a wonderful week.