Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
So, are you the kind of reader that looks up things while reading, like unfamiliar words, cities, or people? I totally am. I love doing research while reading. My brain is like a sponge and in-between the alcohol and chocolate, knowledge is my favorite thing to absorb. I do the same thing with TV shows. I watch Hannibal and one time it was said that eating snails and acorns make human flesh taste good. Seriously? That’s fucking awesome! So I researched the crap out of that little nugget for some time, though I actually couldn’t find a lot of info. But still, it was fun! And then there are the words I don’t understand. I love to look them up and even listen to how they are pronounced. I look up photos of cities I never heard of before in other countries, I look up historical figures from historical romance books that are based on true events. I look up the damn events themselves to see how close the author got to the truth.
I don’t know if anyone else does this. I have always had a love for English class and writing essays and research papers. So maybe the English type people would be more into doing research, or maybe we all do this and I just think I’m the only weirdo. But I do know that it’s my favorite part of reading and watching shows/movies. I want to learn new things every day. I think that’s why I keep going back to school, to extend my education until I am satisfied, though I doubt I will ever be satisfied.
Or maybe researching stuff could ruin the flow of reading. Maybe researching takes the fun out of fiction. I don’t know, is this true for those people who don’t do as I do?
Do you like to research things like unfamiliar words or historical figures while or after reading a book?