Book Stuff

Finishing #PaperVsPixels

papervspixels-graphic-pixelsAs today is 1st May, the #PaperVsPixels challenge has come to an end. In my post at the beginning of the month I talked a bit about how my heavy, deadline-filled final uni workload was zapping my time and brain space for both reading and blogging, April was probably the most intensive study month I’ve had throughout the whole degree.

I did manage to read 6 and a bit books, I finished the rest of that bit today but obviously can’t count it fully. That total does actually mean April is, so far this year, the month in which I read the most books. Was this down to the fact I solely read eBooks? I’m not sure.

Taking part in the challenge definitely meant I was more focused on getting my book count up, knowing this end of month check in post needed to happen was a big motivating factor for me. The Easter weekend also had an impact on my reading – I managed to organise my time so I didn’t study at all on the Saturday or Sunday, and read a book on each day. I was mindful of the length of books I read – my total includes one novella and one middle grade book, I deliberately avoided books like The Luminaries and The Goldfinch!

Did I learn anything from the challenge? Well not in terms of my preferences for reading format. I’ve blogged before about my feelings about my eReader, both when I first got it and a year on. It’s been a few more years of reading both physical books and eBooks and I still read lots on both formats. I still think there are advantages and disadvantages to both, and I’m aware the my personal perspective is influenced by my reliance on my eReader to counteract the problems I have with heavier books as a result of my Hypermobility Syndrome.

One thing I definitely did learn is that I want what I can’t have. No sooner had the month started then books on my to be read bookcase started calling to me. Books I’ve had waiting for my attention for years suddenly became incredibly appealing, but I stayed strong – even when a couple of really exciting books came in the post I was very good and put them to one side. The challenge for me was definitely in being restricted to one format, I’m very glad to be going back to free choice!

Reading Challenges

Starting #PaperVsPixels

I haven’t been reading very much recently. The current uni workload I have is zapping a lot of my time and energy – even when I’m not sat at my desk studying I’m thinking about it. This doesn’t make for particularly good reading conditions (or blogging conditions as you may have noticed from the lack of recent posts). When I saw Hot Key Books launch Laure Eve’s #PaperVsPixels challenge for April I thought I’d get involved in the hope of getting back into the reading flow a little more.

The challenge is simple. Inspired by Laure’s book Fearsome Dreamer, which features two technologically opposing cultures, you’re being asked to choose just one reading format for April. In Laure’s own words:

The challenge: read in only one format for the whole month of April. If you’re a digital type, read physical. If you’ve never tried audio – try nothing but audio. For one month. Record your experiences on #papervspixels and share them with us on tumblr, twitter, YouTube or your blog – and let me know how you’re doing @LaureEve too!

I love both physical and eBooks, I think both have very valid places in my reading life. I looked at my 2014 reads spreadsheet (yes, I have a spreadsheet and it is a thing of beauty) and worked out that I’d read far more physical books than eBooks, if it hadn’t been for a pair of long train journeys I’d have read even fewer. So for April I’m picking Pixels.

papervspixels-graphic-pixels

I have a good couple of hundred books waiting for me to read them, over half are eBooks. I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time with some of the books I’ve downloaded and proceeded to ignore. I have no idea how many books I’ll manage to read, the last three months have seen me only read 3 – 5 books, hopefully I’ll manage to increase this count a little.

Book Stuff

Starting #PaperVsPixels

I haven’t been reading very much recently. The current uni workload I have is zapping a lot of my time and energy – even when I’m not sat at my desk studying I’m thinking about it. This doesn’t make for particularly good reading conditions (or blogging conditions as you may have noticed from the lack of recent posts). When I saw Hot Key Books launch Laure Eve’s #PaperVsPixels challenge for April I thought I’d get involved in the hope of getting back into the reading flow a little more.

The challenge is simple. Inspired by Laure’s book Fearsome Dreamer, which features two technologically opposing cultures, you’re being asked to choose just one reading format for April. In Laure’s own words:

The challenge: read in only one format for the whole month of April. If you’re a digital type, read physical. If you’ve never tried audio – try nothing but audio. For one month. Record your experiences on #papervspixels and share them with us on tumblr, twitter, YouTube or your blog – and let me know how you’re doing @LaureEve too!

I love both physical and eBooks, I think both have very valid places in my reading life. I looked at my 2014 reads spreadsheet (yes, I have a spreadsheet and it is a thing of beauty) and worked out that I’d read far more physical books than eBooks, if it hadn’t been for a pair of long train journeys I’d have read even fewer. So for April I’m picking Pixels.

papervspixels-graphic-pixels

I have a good couple of hundred books waiting for me to read them, over half are eBooks. I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time with some of the books I’ve downloaded and proceeded to ignore. I have no idea how many books I’ll manage to read, the last three months have seen me only read 3 – 5 books, hopefully I’ll manage to increase this count a little.

Personal · Reading

I read because…

This morning I saw this poem shared on an email discussion group I’m part of, and I remembered that I’d seen it before and meant to blog about it and then promptly forgotten all about it. So here it is, author Richard Peck’s poem about reading.

I read because one life isn’t enough,
and in the pages of a book I can be anybody;

I read because the words that build
the story become mine, to build my life;

I read not for happy endings but for new beginnings;
I’m just beginning myself, and I wouldn’t mind a map;

I read because I have friends who don’t,
and young though they are, they’re beginning to run out of material;

I read because every journey begins at the library,
and it’s time for me to start packing;

I read because one of these days I’m going to get out of this town,
and I’m going to go everywhere and meet everyone, and I want to be ready.

I can’t begin to put into words how much this resonates with me. Every single one of these things describes my life at one time or another, that final one feels incredibly relevant to my thinking at the moment.

When I looked for the full wording of the poem for this post I found this lovely post from Notes from the Slushpile about Richard Peck. He sounds absolutely fascinating, I know I’m going to be reading more about him as soon as I can.