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Survey: Reading

When do you read?

When do you listen to audiobooks?

When do you listen to podcasts?


My answer: I used to read on lunch breaks and before bed. Now since I have convenient and cheap lunch break locale with friends, I tend not to do that. (dear friends: I do not resent this! just stating a fact.) Since I got the Nintendo DS, I often fire that up before bed instead of reading. Which leaves me with: I read WAY TOO LITTLE now. Ironically, I carry a book with me everywhere I go, always. I guess for exercise?*

As for audiobooks, obviously those and podcasts are relegated to the commute. I never listen to that stuff at a time when I am not in the car, and then they are fighting with my desire to listen to music, or the fact that I carpool with tzel so we tend to chat about our day.

On the weekends I think I tend to be busy (that was the story in 2007 anyways) or play video games or watch TV. I think this is where I could really benefit from doing more reading! I somehow can't see myself sitting around listening to audiobooks or podcasts at home, though. Unless I was working on a craft project. Which begs the question, of course, why do I always have to be doing more than one thing?

So I wonder. How do these things fit into my friends' lives?


* Actually it's because I am terrified of being stranded in an elevator or by the side of the road without something to do.

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p_sunshine
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
When do you read? Evenings, usually in the tub or on the couch. And right before bed.

When do you listen to audiobooks? At work - I'm really lucky that way. Rarely in the car, but it's been known to happen.

When do you listen to podcasts? When my audio book is finished and I don't have enough credits for a new one. I'm a big fan of the Selected Shorts podcast.
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
According to my hastily-gathered statistics here, if I want to read more, I need to start taking baths!

What is Selected Shorts about?
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catsaurus
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I read at night (usually just a page or two before I fall asleep), on the metro, and on the weekends if the opportunity presents itself.

I'm not really into podcasts, and I only really listen to audiobooks on long car trips, when they're a must!
examorata
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
I, like you, tend to have a book with me almost all the time, just in case. If I go out to lunch, I read. If I eat at my desk, I usually don't, unless the internet is particularly devoid of interesting things that day. =) I do read before bed also. On the weekends sometimes I read in bed before I get up for the day, also. Only once in a while do I sit in the living room, where the TV and the music are, and read. Usually if I have a particularly can't-put-it-down book, or if it's a book club evening and I haven't finished yet.

I only listen to audiobooks on long car trips, really. And those don't happen often. The only audiobooks I actually own are for well-known, well-loved books (LotR and King's Dark Tower series, and I only have five of seven of the latter thus far!), because I don't find that I pick up new stories as well on audio. Plus if I'm driving and something takes away my attention from the story - like the other cars on the road, for instance =) - I don't get as concerned over "missing stuff" if I know the stories well.

I never really have joined the podcast wave. Maybe because I don't really use my iPod except when working out. I don't really want to work out to podcasts. =) And for a long time on dialup I didn't want do download...much of anything. I should look into them more, though.
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Your point about the "where" dimension of reading is well-taken. I don't have a spot where I like to just sit and read. The "library" was meant to be that but then I filled it up with drums. :)
yoshimi
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
i used to read All The Time. at breakfast. while brushing my teeth. etc.

now i read before bed.

no audiobooks or podcasts for me, thank you very much. i like my own music too much for either.
mikailborg
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
My apartment is covered in books. If I'm not doing something else, I'm reading. Just finished 20,000 Leagues for the umpteenth time.

Podcasts are for the commute. It's usually 35-45 minutes each way, so I have lots of time for that, though I have enough subscriptions that I don't always get to every week's episode of something - especially if I have a day off. :)

Don't generally listen to audiobooks, unless I'm driving to (say) Technicon or something. 5 hours of road time is perfect for those!
peregrin8
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
I read on the subway, and generally before bed. And when I am sick, or PMS'ing really hard, I may swaddle up in blankets and spend the whole afternoon/evening reading.

I try not to get on the computer in the evening because I have this possibly superstitious belief that gazing into a light source late at night is bad for my sleep cycle.

I almost never listen to audiobooks - have done it less than a handful of times, always on long car rides with other people.

I have no 'pod.
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
I have this possibly superstitious belief that gazing into a light source late at night is bad for my sleep cycle.

If you ever find out there's anything to that, you let me know!
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summer_queen
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
When do you read?

At lunch on occasion, after work on the couch while I'm watching tv and in the tub, on the train when I go into DC (which is rarely), when I go out to eat alone, before movies when I'm on my own, at the doctor's office.... I frequently have a book with me, just in case.

When do you listen to audiobooks?

I don't, ever. I prefer books in paper form.

When do you listen to podcasts?

I don't. I don't own an iPod. Unless you count the Japanese lessons that technically come in podcast form, but which I download in .avi format onto my work computer while working or latop (for listening to while exercising). ^_^
peregrin8
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
in the tub

Oh, I forgot that one! I LOVE reading in the tub!
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jsciv
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
I read at lunch and at dinner on those days that I am alone for either meal. That means most lunches (I tend to eat later than most of the office) and a couple of dinners a week. On weekends I will sometimes take a book to Corner Bakery or Panera and camp a spot to read for a good long spell. When I lived in SF I read on my BART commute (and was at a book every few days), but sadly those days are over and I have to drive myself now...

I don't listen to audiobooks. I've listened to a few audio dramas on long car rides, but if something was written down as its primary form of expression, I end up reading it.

I listen to podcasts while driving. In the morning I listen to live news on the radio, but afternoons and weekends (particularly weekends, which is when I end up doing the most driving around the sprawl that is LA) are for podcasts.
noralita
Jan. 4th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Audiobooks in car, except when they're Librivox podcasts
Podcasts: in car or metro/bussin' it, knittin or exercising!
Reading physical books or magazines: while eating or in bed.

So truly, the choice of book container is directly proportional to physical motion and mindful activity and the wish to have hands & shoulders blissfully free of weight.
tzel
Jan. 4th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
I listen to them when I am cleaning, cooking and taking a bubble bath. I intend to get through a good chunk of the book club book this weekend.
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
I hope you do! I was just listening to it this morning and was into the long section about 19th century scientists and it'll contribute much to any game set in something vaguely like that era!
cheetahmaster
Jan. 4th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Most of my actual reading time is on the Metro, bus and rail. I don't know what I'd do without it.

I also sneak in a couple minutes at lunch, while my ch0w is microwaving.

I do not audiobook.

Podcasts, I don't regularly subscribe, but when I do check one out, it's in a couple stolen minutes in the evening.
leenacia
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
I read in the evenings, either right after work, or right after dinner, and less often, right before bed (because it tends to keep me up when I should be sleeping). I also am a fan of being all lazy on a weekend and reading in bed the whole time. I do that maybe once a month.

I don't listen to audiobooks.

I listen to podcasts at work, but this is only because I have to create podcasts for work, and I feel compelled to listen to the competition.
thewronghands
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Read: in all the in-between times when I would otherwise be bored. On business trips, when traveling, when eating alone. Also, most nights before bed. I average three or four books a week, I think.

Audiobooks: almost never, and never of my own initiative. Pretty much reserved for "am in car with $foo, $foo has audiobook and wants to listen to it" situations.

Podcasts: when at home, doing something that requires my hands but not my brain. (Reading non-complex work e-mail, doing rote tasks, housecleaning.)

A few years back, I realized that I was barely reading any more due to spending so much time on the Internet. I missed it, and made a successful concerted effort to change that. It's made me happier.
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
You are ruthlessly efficient with your time. I admire this!
serendipity9000
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
When do you read? In the evenings, sometimes while eating.

When do you listen to audiobooks? In my car all the time. I find that I actually get more of the details when listening - I guess I must skim some while reading on paper. I get sort of frantic if I don't have a book to listen to in my car - and sometimes cranky if I have one I am in the middle of but can't listen to it because others will be in the car with me. I just started this website with 2 friends to review audio books: http://www.booksforears.com .

When do you listen to podcasts? Pretty much don't -- unless I have someone specifically point me to one with a good reason I must listen.
editgrrl
Jan. 4th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
When do you read?
I try to fit in a chapter or two before I go to bed. The unfortunate consquence of this is that when I want to read during the day, my body/mind go "oh, time to sleep!" and I usually take a nap while I read during the day. I really really want to change this. I do love to read during the day, but hardly ever have time in a row because of sleepiness or the dogs needing something, jumping on me, etc.

When do you listen to audiobooks?
I don't, altho reading yours and tzel's posts have made me think about listening to them.

When do you listen to podcasts?
I don't because I am way behind the technological times.

As I'm reading the replies, part of me is glad I don't have a commute long enough to have reading time and part of me wished I did cause then, well, I'd have more time to read.
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