That’s Not a Real Book: In defense of non-traditional reading by Amy Gibson

I have been super busy these past few weeks, but I am still here! In the meantime, check out this spot on piece from the Nerdy Book Club. I am a huge fan of audiobooks and graphic novels and so are my girls. Why does the format of the book matter?

Nerdy Book Club

“How do you ever find time to read all those books?”

”Well, I listen to audiobooks during my commute…”

“Oh. That’s not really reading.”

I find myself having this conversation more and more these days. What counts as real reading? Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading the book? Is a graphic novel “rigorous” text? Should students be “allowed” to engage with these types of texts for classroom purposes?

I answer yes wholeheartedly to all of the above questions, and this is why.


During my commute which is about thirty minutes each way to school, I live on audiobooks. Often, I am still listening as I walk into the classroom each day leaving people I passed in the hallway wondering why my pants are talking. Audiobooks are not just a way for students to shirk reading assignments. They offer both students and adults an opportunity to access…

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