Reading Material

How do you pick what blogs or books to read? Whatโ€™s the one thing that will get you to pick up a book or click on a link every single time?

I come across many cool blogs/bloggers thanks to wordpress and indiblogger mainly apart from just browsing, and while books are concerned from various sources. Though reading been has been a all time low these times which I need to fix.

Again and again

Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored โ€” what is it that speaks to you?

I don’t know what to answer for this. Actually there are many which I’ve read multiple times. But I tend not to do that as I rather read new and more stuff than the same ones again. Besides in recent years didn’t do a lot of reading so need to focus on that first.

Paperback or eBooks?

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So for this end-week’s challenge, being asked between paperback and ebooks on which medium you prefer reading, I voted for paperback and not so surprisingly that was in the majority about three fourths in number relatively.

Now why is that so? Well for I actually don’t mind either, as I have read lot of books held in my hands and in the past years lots on my computer and my cell phone. While I never owned a e-reader, tablet computer or fancy cell phone, so I can’t really say how much enjoyable reading on one is, say for the few times on an old cell phone of mine and many others on my laptop.

Both have their own advantages. Like in ebook form, I can have many I want with me while traveling and not worry about any additional volume or weight. I have GBs of ebooks (not counting comics, which is another massive world of it’s own) on my computer which if each one were a paperback, I guess I would have to own a building library or something to store them all. But the hassle is, while on the go I’ll have to worry about the battery and the device itself not being screwed.

While on the other hand I don’t have to worry about ‘charging’ my paperback books (or hardcover for that matter). I can read anywhere and in any comfortable position I want (please don’t think about sex, one thing at a time folks), while I could do the same with a e-reader just I’d have to be more careful. Here personally I might be favouring the real thing more as I already said I never had the comfort of a e-reader and lazying around.

But in the end, what matters really are the quality of the book and your level of interest in it. That aside, it should matter much through which medium you enjoy a good read.

E-Readers with e-books are the future, which is what seems likely. But still, the sheer joy of going into a bookstore, the smell of fresh new books and random smiling faces who get your same feelings is a pleasure of it’s own.

Learning something new

You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?

I’m mostly a self learner. Many times my curiosity gets the better of me an I tend to try out new things, in many cases later I have to look up on it either by reading or asking someone. Guess I should learn to read the instruction manual first.

But I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. While it depends in many cases on which skill we are indulging in, I feel the best way to learn something is to try it out (well if it’s possible that is, which must be in most cases). Well there are many unique cases, such as learning or improving on a language. In such a case reading becomes (a big part of) doing it. Well you get the point, hopefully.

When I hear, I forget.

When I see, I remember.

When I do, I learn.

Ideal Space

A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. Whatโ€™s it like?

To that I would also add gaming and sleeping of course. Considering I never had a room of my own, just having my own private space itself would be a big thing for me. To make it ideal, apart from the inevitable bed, table-chair(s), computer gaming setup (which I also use for everything else), and toilet, a bit spacious room for me to roam and think about as I usually walk for countless hours just lost in thought. Yeah I know that is strange but been doing that since forever. A window with a nice look for distraction or simply looking at times. And finally, most importantly, peace.

I forgot to mention, a huge awesome plasma TV or something mounted on the wall too, with a gaming console and a full home theater setup. Now this might sound more of a luxury room than a reading/writing room, but honestly this helps a lot ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m a simple guy with simple tastes you see ๐Ÿ˜›

Resolution Solution

Well I never made any New Year’s resolutions, as I have said countless times already they are stupid. I did however decided to do some things more, which is more or less for self-improvement. Among them, I managed to blog regularly in my almost 6 years of blogging. So far 73 blog posts in this month alone, 4 of them in my other blog and the remaining 69 along with this one right here! With an average of 2 posts and some days 3, this is a record in my life time yet. More than the no. of posts in a year previously. So bit happy on that regard, just have to do more useful stuff now.

Coming to the thing which I didn’t do, still haven’t read anything yet. Need to get back into reading more, hell I have to start with something soon!

Which New Year’s resolution haven’t you kept? Why? How will you redouble your efforts to achieve your goal?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

So as the title says, although I find ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ silly which I said already, it would be hypocritical of me if I say I didn’t think of doing something to make my life better, where I’ll use the old fashion a-picture-says-a-thousand-words thing as given by this week’s photo challenge.

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The latest addition to my vast books collection is the (new edition) box set of the universally acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, which is also adapted into the most amazing tv series run on HBO and the best thing on tv (and my most favourite) I spent nearly 2 hours cleaning my entire house just to make some space for this. You can see a lot of Batman and few others in this section too. As I said in my weekly writing challenge post I want to get back into reading more.

What happened now? The Internet that is. Although my indulgence in too many things apart from these two also is, but that is not really a bad thing right? Time to get back into avid reading as I once was and also a balance in life.

And asย  bonus, let me show you the song of my people. For all the existing fans, here is something which we actually hope the author sees and does something. ๐Ÿ˜›