I'm back online, back in the UK, back to blogging (I hope), and back to reading.
You can blame this new post on a goodreads reviewer who mentioned reading aloud...
Confessions of a reader:
When alone I sometimes like to read aloud. There, I said it.
When I do read aloud, I try to speak in the accent of the character. So when reading The Color Purple I tried a southern american accent. It's easier with some than others. The Color Purple for example is particularly easy as it's written as it would be spoken.
I have no delusions about my vocal ability, or that I get all the nuances between Celie in The Color Purple and Sookie Stackhouse in the Southern Vampire series for example, but I kind of enjoy it, and find it sometimes helps me immerse myself in the story or character.
Sometimes I sound dreadful, and then I stop, as that's no help at all. For instance I know my Irish accent it awful, and my Scottish drifts into Scouse after a little while.
Anyway there you have it. Do you do it too?