People have been telling me that I should get into audiobooks for years.
I always listened politely, but I wasn’t really sure about it. Audiobooks just weren’t my thing, okay? Or so said Wise Jane Who Had Never Tried One In Her Life. (Other than in the car on long trips with the whole family.)
Well guys, Wise Jane was wrong. (Not So Wise After All.)
I started my first (personal) audiobook on Tuesday of this week: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, which has been on my tbr for at least three years. And right away, I realised why everyone has been trying to drag me (kicking and screaming as I was) into the world of audiobooks. In other words: I was blown away.
Since I’m clearly an expert on audiobooks after three and a half days, I’m here to do my bit and drag you into this listening world too. Or if you already listen to audiobooks, I’m here to just flail with you because they’re sheer genius, and I just hadn’t noticed for far too long. 😏
It’s like someone reading aloud to you
I don’t know about you, but my mum and dad used to read books to me all the time and it was the greatest! Obviously, an audiobook can never replace the relationship quality of being read to, but it’s still pretty cool, and there’s something fun about hearing someone doing all the different voices for the characters and just letting them tell you a story.
A break for your aching eyeballs
Sometimes I feel like my life is staring at words on paper or on the computer. Whether it’s reading for pleasure, reading to edit, or working on my own novels. I try spend time where my eyes can take a break, but audiobooks are actually a genius way to get in some pleasure reading while being active, or even just letting your eyes relax for more than a blink at a time.
Things get done
I’ve had a dress hanging on the end of my bed for the last few months and I had to handwash it at some point and I was just putting it off as expertly as possible.
Then I started an audiobook, and suddenly all these things which needed doing…got done. I cleaned my dress. I sorted washing. I cleaned and replaced the felt feet on the dining table chairs. I weeded the garden. I hadn’t planned on doing any of those things, but somehow they got done and it was all thanks to an audiobook.
You can read and exercise at the same time
I know there’s a lot of people who moan at the idea of exercise but I actually really enjoy it, so don’t mind me over here on my high horse. 😂 But whether you enjoy it or not, exercise is good for you, so as you go for a walk, do push ups, or whatever your preferred routine is, what better way to occupy your brain than by listening to a book?
And if you don’t enjoy exercise but know you still should do it, a good book might make it more enjoyable.
Less getting sidetracked during personal bible reading
This is off the beaten path of fiction reading, but it’s a brand new discovery for me and I’m so excited to share it because it’s already helping me so much with my morning bible time.
I’ve been reading through the Old Testament for the last age, starting from the very beginning, and if you’ve ever read the whole Old Testament, you’ll know that there’s some bits in there which are really hard to keep focused on.
I recently heard someone say that they sometimes listen to their Bible reading and follow along at the same time, and I thought it was a really handy idea. I tried it out, and it’s so good. I find it so much easier to concentrate on the words if I’m hearing and seeing them. I can pause the audio to underline something or write down thoughts as I go. I’m surrounded by the Word, so it’s harder for my mind to drift to other topics.
Have I convinced any non-audiobook-listeners yet? If not, never fear. There’s still time for you to change your mind, just like I did. 😛
Chat with meeee! Do you like audiobooks? What’s something you thought ‘wasn’t your style’ then realised it actually 1000% was after you tried it?