Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. IT was relaunched on February 15, 2013 by Billy@Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

This week’s prompt is:

Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, do you prefer listening instead of reading? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

If you follow me at all, then you know that I do indeed listen to audiobooks. Quite frequently in fact. I quite like listening to someone read me a story, especially when they have a good voice and do a nice job with using different voices for different characters. I enjoy listening to books when I am doing just about anything that I don’t have to use a lot of brain power to do, such as walking, driving, cleaning the house, etc.

To answer the second half of the prompt, let me first say that listening to a book is no different than reading a book. It is not cheating, and it still counts as having ‘read’ the book. I have had many parents and teachers dismiss audiobooks as not reading, but I disagree. It is just as important a skill to listen to a story as it is to read it yourself. I would even say, in some ways it is harder than reading the book. But it also allows a kid to read above their level (whatever that means), and enjoy a book that they really want to read.

So, I would say that I equally enjoy reading and listening to books. I do both on a regular basis. I rarely read along with the story. I have occasionally listened to part of the book and then picked up the physical book for a few chapters. I do this sometimes when the audiobook is really long and I don’t have the time to listen to it.

Sorry this was bit rambly, but I hope you enjoyed reading it.

What about you? Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks or do you like reading the physical book? Let me know in the comments.

One comment

  1. As a teacher, I always found audiobooks a tricky subject when a child really needed to practise actually reading the words. The best of all words is if they have the audiobook and a physical copy and can read along.

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