1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?
Growing up with parents who read (a lot) (a lot, for fun), I could not help but fall in love with books and stories as well. No idea what the first book was my parents read to me, probably one in the Miffy series by Dick Bruna, but I loved it thoroughly. My mom even read a book to me when I was about 10-11 years old: the book (in what later became a trilogy) Kinderen van Moeder Aarde1 by Thea Beckman, my favorite author. My best friend at school had already read it and as Thea Beckman was my favorite author, I knew I had to read it too. But I struggled, and I became annoyed and frustrated. Of course I would love this book, how could I not? My mom noticed my struggles and she suggested reading it to me, just the first chapters to see if she could help me get hooked.
And I did.
And I loved it.
So did my mom.
I finished the book by myself, but when I was not reading it (I guess it only took me about 2 days), she was reading it.
2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?
I have never thought about this. I enjoy listening to audio books, but I find that I get distracted and I will often miss whole sections if I’m not careful. I’d rather read a book (on paper or on a tablet) by myself, but listening to some books later, I find that I notice different story lines, ones I may have missed reading a book. Of course, it all depends on the person reading the book. Neil Gaiman’s books are wonderful, and we are lucky that he reads them aloud as well. His stories get more intense as you listen to the author himself reading them to you.
3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?
I don’t to someone reading a book specifically to me anymore, but when I do get a chance to listen to storytellers/-readers, I stil enjoy it very much.
- Children of Mother Earth ↩