While you guys wait for me to make my way through the behemoth that is my first read of 2018 – Renegades by Marissa Meyer – I decided to highlight a format that is adored by some and scoffed at by others.
I am a woman of many hobbies. Besides reading I do very much enjoy creating things. I knit, crochet and cross stitch. A few years ago, I – along with a very large number of people of all ages – was wrapped up in going back to my childhood and became obsessed with colouring books. The adult colouring craze hit hard and fast, I can easily remember a time when you couldn’t find a pack of coloured pencils in my hometown. Thankfully, I already had some at home. It was when I started colouring during most of my off time that I began to feel like I was choosing this new hobby over my one true love – reading. Enter the obvious solution: Audio books.
It was about this point where I started to really value my Audible subscription. I could easily put on an audio book and continue to colour my way to stress-free. I could listen to the prose of my favourite authors instead of reading them with my own eyes. It was brilliant! Why hadn’t I thought of this sooner?! In the early days, I had turned to putting on Netflix when I wanted back ground noise, only to find that I would get easily distracted and abandon my colouring all together. This was not so with audio books.
I was so excited about my discovery, that I started to use audio books when I was doing other things – like my yarn crafts, or house work. (My parents can attest to the fact that the house work was far less common. I swear it’s better now mom!) For everyone else this was just common sense, but for me, it was revolutionary! This changed everything! I didn’t have to choose one hobby over the other!
Since I was driving back and forth between my Southern and Northern homes every few weeks, my audio books became my constant companion. In fact, if it hadn’t been for Heartless by Marissa Meyer (see a pattern here?) on audio during the big move, I would have had to listen to my eighteen year old cat, Trixie, scream at me for a thirteen hour drive. As long as the book was playing through my car speakers, she felt like someone was talking to her, so she remained semi-calm. (My sister was not so lucky with Nova. Sorry about that!)
I don’t think that I could ever completely make the switch to audio – I love books and the actual act of reading – but it sure does come in handy. I walk a lot, so I’ve managed to make my way through a few books that way. In September, when the mammoth Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King was released, I bought both the hard copy and the audio book so that I wouldn’t have to haul such a big book back and forth to work.
If you get the right narrator, audio books can be a pretty stellar substitute when your hands are too busy to flip pages.
What do you think? Have you had many experiences with audio books? Good or bad? There’s nothing I love more than hearing from you guys, so leave a comment down below and let me know!