This past weekend, I became frustrated with my reading life.
Or lack thereof. The vast majority of my day is spent doing things that don’t allow me to simultaneously read. I’ve gone from finishing 200 books a year to barely making half that. And while 100 books in a year is still a respectable number, I know I’ve done better.
I Googled ways to get more reading in and most of the methods I already employ with the exception of one:
For the longest time I’ve hated being read to. It worked when I was very young but since I learned to read on my own, I haven’t been a fan. I’m a faster reader with print so the pacing of audiobooks quickly becomes frustrating. And it’s just not the same.
For the record, I’m not de-valuing reading with audiobooks. It is reading as much as picking up a book or eReader. This is more a personal preference.
But I wanted to get back to reading more, taking advantage of all the times I could be reading but it’s just not physically possible to have the book in front of me. So I got on Audible, started the free 30-day trial, and picked up my first audiobook since high school (and I didn’t have a choice with that one).
It’s been a few days. . . and I’ve read/listened to a book a day.
I can read wherever I go
Whether I’m driving to/from work or cleaning in the house, I can read a book when otherwise I’d just listen to music or a movie, something that doesn’t require holding a book. There is SO MUCH TIME in a day that I realized is potential reading time. HOURS of time that I can now use for reading.
Libraries are even more amazing
Thank goodness for OverDrive/Libby. I’ve taken advantage of my library’s eBook collection in the past but I never thought to look into their audiobooks. While they don’t have a TON of stuff (severely underfunded and whatnot) there are still a number of my favorites I’ve started re-reading through audio, as well as a few books I don’t think I would have read otherwise. And it’s free (always helpful)! I’m looking into applying to some of the other in-state libraries that offer non-resident cards to access more materials as well!
I’m enjoying reading again
I don’t have to think about it. I just plug in a book and go about whatever I need to get done while it plays. It doesn’t feel like a chore to get through a book and review it. I’m still reviewing the audiobooks I listen to, but for some reason the actual act of reading/listening seems less involved. And because I’m reading more in general, which makes me happy, my general reading life has already drastically improved.
For the first time in YEARS, I’m ahead of my Goodreads reading goal. I’ve read more backlist books in the last week or so than I did in MONTHS last year. And I’m enjoying what I read more. So far there’s only been one book that was so-so but I liked reading it (the content is where it got a bit iffy).
In short, audiobooks have transformed my reading.
Reading through my TBR seems. . . achievable
I own over a thousand unread books.
Yes you read that right. I blame Book Outlet and my own lack of self control. There are SO MANY books I want to read and when I see them on sale, usually cheaper than the eBook even, I snag them quick. Then they pile up and I end up reading other books for review or just general excitement. And now I’m in this TBR rut. But audiobooks are helping. I’ve read a few off my backlist TBR already that I can now take off my TBR! Not every book has an audiobook but there are enough that I think I can make a relatively decent dent in my owned-and-unread list.
I don’t hate audiobooks anymore. I love them!
Just goes to show that your reading preferences can change over time. I didn’t read graphic novels and comics until the last year. I read more contemporary and other non-SFF genres. And now I listen to audiobooks. I’m a different reader than I was when I started blogging. . . and I like it.
Have your reading preferences changed over the years?
Whether it’s the format, genre(s), or whatever else you can think of, has anything changed?