Sunday, September 1, 2013


Happy September everyone!

Lately I've had a tough time focusing on reading books.  I want to be painting and that makes it hard to find time to simply read.  That's why audio books are perfect for artists.  We can do both things at the same time.

When I was over at Tracy Moore's studio making an art journal, in his class, he said that he often listens to audio books while creating his journals.

Rhomany is a wonderful artist in the UK.  I've been watching some of her YouTube videos lately.  She has great art making videos.  I especially like her vlogs.  

In watching Rhomany's You Tube channel, I find that not only does she listen to audiobooks, but she's in a reading group for artists.  At first I thought they were all doing audio books but, apparently, that bit is optional. The group she's in  is called the Artful Readers Club.   They create art related to the book they're reading too.  Brilliant idea.  

(Update 09-02-13:  I find that it is NOT too late to join them.  I hope you will check out their club.  I just joined up.  It is run by Darcy and she has left a link in the comments!)

I took Rhomany's advice and bought Joyland by Stephen King, over at Audible.

I'll make Joyland my book for September.  I agree with Rhomany in that I dislike the cover art for this book.  Since it is Stephen King, it probably won't hurt his sales!

The next three books for me will be Bonehouse, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and Yes, Chef.  I'm not sure yet in which order I will read them.  Who knows, I might read more than one per month, but I'll start with this as my goal.

In addition to making a piece of art inspired by the book, I'll write a short review of the book and post it here on my blog, along with a photo of the art.

If you have any audiobooks to recommend, please leave me a comment!  I'm always looking for suggestions. 

Thanks for the inspiration, Rhomany!

Thanks for stopping by.  


Darcy said...

hi there, the ARC Artful Reading Challenge is mine and is hosted on my blog on the last Friday of each month. It is absolutely not too late for you to join. Just jump in and link up. This months link is live now and will remain live until the end of Sept. then a new link will go live for the Sept reviews etc..

Kym said...

Thank you Darcy! I will check it out for sure. Wonderful idea for a book club.

Sarah said...

welcome to the ARC club Kym :)

I did try once to listen to audiobooks while I paint, but I find I get too engrossed in what I am doing and kind of tune out the story, and then I have to keep rewinding to hear the bits I missed while I wasn't listening properly :)

So it's back to music for me while painting, and real books to read at home in bed or the bath, but I do enjoy audiobooks in the car on my drive to the office.

Currently I'm listening to the entire Game of Thrones series - I'm up to book 4 - each one is unabridged and around 36 hours long or more - that's a lot of driving to and from work!

I look forward to seeing your first review

Kym said...

Thanks for the comment Sarah. Thanks for allowing me to join your group. I will have to see if I like making art while listening. I did purchase the first physical book of the game of thrones. So it's definitely on my to read list! I may just switch to the audio version. :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Welcome to ARC. It's always fun to meet a new ARC member. I look forward to the review and art. I'm sure it will be worth the wait, since I perused your blog.

Sorry, I have no audio books, so can't recommend any. Wish I had some this month, though, since I'm not looking forward to a dreaded project I must complete. Again, WELCOME.

rhomany said...

I commented here before, but it's disappeared. How odd. Glad my review inspired you, welcome to ARC :)

Kym said...

Thank you for the lovely comments and welcomes, Bluebeard and Elizabeth and Rhomany. I appreciate it very much!! I'm traveling right now but I'll be back online very soon.