Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Lend an Ear
It can’t be said enough — the best writers are some of the most voracious readers.
It is a goal of mine to always keep growing as a Christian, a manager, an editor, and a writer, so I know I should be reading more in each area. But it is hard to motivate myself to do much reading at home evenings and weekends after spending my work hours reading proposals, emails, manuscripts, and more.
When I’m home I want to rest my eyes. My hands might stay busy with cooking, gardening, sewing, and so forth, but I want to be free to move around and be more active than a desk job allows. And, I’m a slow reader, evaluating fiction style of writing as I go or rereading sections of non-fiction so I can learn from it. I wish I could be like my niece who can read a Heartsong in just over an hour. She reads every word and doesn’t miss a thing.
So, too often, thanks to Netflix, I rely on movies for keeping up with popular storylines. (I recently found a new favorite in Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic book North & South in BBC mini-series format. Thanks, Ruth!)
So, I have been thinking about audio books. (Barbour is starting to sell audio. Check out the Landon Snow and the Sisters of Holmes County series.) But to really gain from a book, can I get enough by listening to it? I’d want the unabridged versions, of course. Would I waste my money on an iPod and an audio book membership?
What works for you? How do you get enough book reading into your life?
Editor Du Jour Becky