Monday, June 24, 2019

Which reading format is the best?

Today is my first “regular” post on this blog.

My goal is for you to find the Monday blog posts entertaining and fun.  And that you LEAVE A COMMENT!  I also want you to leave a comment on our other posts too, so let's start here and then keep moving forward.

I obtain most of my books from the library.
Don't you wish you were here?
Usually I check out audio books because I read while commuting throughout SoCal, but I also read on my Kindle.

Back in 2014, before the movie was released, I borrowed THE MARTIAN as an e-book and read it on my Kindle.  The plot was too slow and I couldn't finish it.  I then checked out the hard-cover book.  Couldn't finish that either.
But I didn't want to give up on the story because it was apparently good enough that a movie was then in production.  So I tried the audio book.
It was so funny that at one point I was laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face, my nose was running, and I couldn't see.
Even an icon can't keep its eyes open when laughing this much
Fortunately I was able to pull off onto the shoulder of the freeway and stop the car before I crashed.

I write MG and a few months ago I tried reading ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY on my Kindle.  Did not finish.
Here's your cute internet cat meme for the week
This one's for our down-under readers

But I recently found it at the library as an audio book.  I'm half-way through and this time I'm finding it fun.

Have you ever started reading a book that for whatever reason you just couldn't finish, but you tried reading it in a different format which made it interesting or fun and you finished it?
 Let us know in the comments!


  1. I have books at various stages in various formats. I'm old-fashioned in preferring paper. But Kindle is more convenient. However, I have added some of my Kindle books onto Audible as it's more likely that I'll listen rather than read them - in part because of eye strain. And some actor-readers are brilliant.

  2. I think it depends on the book. I listened to Dean Koontz's first Odd Thomas book, and had a tough time making it through. Same with Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon book set on Isle Royale, but in print they probably would have been fine. I "read" the first three of Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books on audio, and enjoyed them (except for the similar place names). I've read the print versions and listened to the audio versions of the Stephanie Plum books, and both are good and funny (but the audio was better when they changed to a different reader--I think the reader makes a big difference as well in how good the audiobook is.) I prefer print, but ebook is okay. I listen to audiobooks when I run or am on the treadmill because otherwise I would never get through all the books I want to read! :D


  3. I agree with both of you. I prefer a book in my hands, but today's lifestyle doesn't leave enough time to read everything I want to read, so the next best is audio books so I use my commute time. And the narrator definitely makes or breaks the book. In fact, I've read books by unknown authors simply because of the narrator.

    Thanks for commenting!!

  4. I prefer a physical books. Kindle is more practical in several cases, but doesn't smell as good or feel as satisfying. Audio books don't really do it for me.

    I have heard that narrators are developing fandoms of their own though. We had Will Damron on the blog. He's one of the few I can name.

    1. That's interesting about Will Damron as he is the co-narrator for a book on my audio wish list -co., with Saskia Maarleveld who is a favourite narrator of mine.


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