To Read or To Listen

Read to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.):  to read a book; to read music.

Listen to give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing;

Today’s post is sort of a personal rant, so I do ask for forgiveness ahead of time. Over the last year or so I have noticed on blog posts, social media posts, podcasts and video blogs that people say one thing but actually mean another.  So when it comes down to listening vs. reading, you either listen to an audio book or you read an actual book.  Listening and reading or two separate functions and should not be commingled to mean the same thing.

“We all want to spend more time lost in the pages of great book. That’s the idea behind our annual 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge! It’s simple: Every January readers set a goal of how many books they want to read that year, and we help them keep track of it. This year more than 4 million readers have joined the Challenge, pledging to read a total of 218 million books!” – Goodreads

Please for the sake of proper grammar, either state that you are listening to a book or actually reading a book (meaning you have printed material in hand and you are physically turning pages).  For those of you participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge , the challenge is to read a physical book not listen to a book.  Again, two separate functions.   

I personally listen to audio books while knitting,  it’s like listening to music for me and I enjoy it tremendously,  but I do not count the audio book as one read.  But when I want to read, I actually pick up a book and read it, and note that I read it in my reading challenge. 

I am sorry for my rant but it’s a major pet peeve of mine lately and I find it rather sad that audio books are being included in many reading challenges. 

Until next time, happy reading or listening!


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