Monday, September 3, 2012

Biblio- & Audio-phile

I love reading books and unfortunately I don't have time to read as much as I would like.  Fortunately I discovered audiobooks Junior High and fell in love with them in College.  A few years ago I decided to make some big changes in my life to address some dissatisfaction.  This led to me choosing to broaden how I entertain myself.  I watch a lot less TV now and don't listen to talk radio unless it is news (mostly form NPR [related note: a recent study found NPR listeners followed closely by Daily Show/Colbert Report listeners were most informed about world news]).  Along with those changes I try to avoid re-watching movies or TV shows and to vary the type of reading that I do.  With that I chose to stop listening to as much fiction and listen to at least an equal amount of nonfiction [split between science & math and history & philosophy as much as possible].  Currently I am trying to hold to the cycle of:

  • Children/Young Adult Fiction
  • Classics
  • Nonfiction (general or biographical)
  • Adult Fiction
  • Science
  • Science Fiction
Though I may not follow that order and there are plenty of times when I cheat.  So far it has been a great adventure.  In future posts I hope to talk about what I've been reading.  This Labor Day weekend I finished a philosophy book, listened to a classic/science fiction book, and expect to complete a science book before beginning a new one [probably YA fiction].  Normally I don't get to listen to quite that much, but the upstairs needed repainted and one book was really short.  By the way, I refer to listening to audiobooks alternately as reading and listening- to me there is no difference other than convenience and pace.

More to come soon.


1 comment:

  1. I have done a descent job of following the cycle, but I have updated it some here:
    YA Fiction

    This does a better job of alternating fiction with nonfiction and gives my brain a better rest after serious or deep books. Due to lack of material that last two are frequently cut, although this does make the end difficult because then I cycle from Classic to Science which isn't easy if the classic is difficult. Also, one major disclaimer that I didn't include before: I count a series as a single reading no matter how long it is, but then will skip that genre the next time or two that I go through books.