Yay, the Literary Blog Hop! I feared that it might not be back this year after it wasn't up on The Blue Bookcase on Thursday (as is the norm) but it is, it is! Phew! Thanks, as always, to The Blue Bookcase for hosting.
So, this month's question is:
Do you like to supplement your reading with outside sources like Sparknotes, academic articles, or other bloggers reviews? Why or why not?
Well... I used to read articles that related to the books I read at University, which has possibly put me off doing so for life! I would say that, in general, after I've finished a book, I don't automatically go rushing off to find more information about it, BUT if I like it and then see someone has written a blog post about it, or see an article about it posted on twitter, then I'm pretty much guaranteed to read it. So I guess it's more of a lazy supplementing of my reading- if it's right there in front of me, I'll read it; but if I have to search for it then chances are I won't. The only exception I can think of to this is actually reading Shakespeare (which I'm doing a fair bit this month, see sidebar) because in my copy of plays there are little introductions to each of them, which I read after the play (I don't want to spoil it!) but which have been helping me understand stuff better. This is such a rare occurrence for me though- I rarely read even introductions to books I love, probably from some aversion to learning stuff, and if not that then because I'm lazy. It's probably just that, actually...
How about you? Are you all smart and wanting to learn things, or are you a bit of a lazybones like me?