Well y’all, I finally did it! I never thought I would be saying these words but I took the plunge and finally listened to my first audiobook. And guess what? It wasn’t even that bad. Okay who am I kidding, I’m completely hook y’all. Audiobooks have me eating my words and I’m kicking myself for being so damn reluctant to give them a try in the first place. Seriously, how am I even allowed to call myself a true bookworm if I was acting so stingy towards audiobooks?! (Shame on me!)
Anyways, today I wanted to share all about my audiobooks experience, how audiobooks have changed my reading life and all the amazing benefits they provide and maybe some of you advanced listeners can give me some tips you’ve picked up while listening to audiobooks.
Let’s get started!
I have always been a visual learner. Part of the reason why that is is because I have photographic memory so I’m able to recall passages, whole books or even remember text messages from years ago. It’s such a strange quirk but it comes in handy all the time. My auditory memory on the other hand is total shit. In college, I always tried my best to avoid lecture classes where professors didn’t provide PowerPoint presentations because there was no way in hell I would be able to listen to someone talk for an hour and remember it for the next class. Plus, I have a short attention span. I’m easily distracted by the littlest thing and my mind tends to wonder a lot.
My lack of focus and crappy auditory processing skills always made me think that audiobooks were not for me. So I always said no to audiobooks. I wasn’t even willing to give them a chance because in my mind, I had already written them off.
It all started with my attempt to get my ‘Want to Read’ shelf on Goodreads to below 200 books. Every few weeks I would go through my shelf and remove books or series I no longer had interest in reading in hopes of bringing the number down as low as possible. Once I got the number down to below 300 books, I still knew that it would be next to impossible to get my TBR down to below 200 books by the end of year. Romance authors have been dropping new releases every damn month this year so trying to keep up with those books while also getting to backlist books was going to be a struggle.
Now I know what you’re thinking. Aren’t readers suppose to have an infinite number of books on their TBRs? Aren’t readers suppose to never complete their TBRs because they just want to read all the books? Aren’t we suppose to be constantly overwhelmed by our TBR and be happy about it? Well, I’m not that type of reader. I don’t like being stressed by my TBR nor do I care to read all the books. I just want to read the good ones…or what I think are the good ones, lol. Anyways, I needed a way to read faster and I decided one Saturday that instead of listening to music while I worked, why not listen to an audiobook and see how it goes. The rest is pretty much history.
➳ I CAN FINISH A BOOK IN A DAY: Okay, I know finishing a book in a day is still possible if I were to actually read the book, but there’s not always that guarantee. With audiobooks, I ALWAYS finish the book that same day. I usually start playing my audiobook at around 9 AM and then by 6 PM I’m done. I feel so accomplished by the end because I get to cross another book of my TBR.
➳ I’M KNOCKING BOOKS OFF MY TBR FASTER: I’ve already been able to knock off six books on my TBR just by listening to them. These books would’ve still been on my “Want to Read” shelf because I don’t have time to actually sit down and read them. If I keep going at this rate, I will have crossed off 30 backlist books from my TBR by the end of the year.
➳ MULTI-TASK WHILE BEING ENTERTAINED: I love listening to audiobooks while cleaning the house or when I’m working at the office by myself on a Saturday. It makes the time go by faster and I’m not huffing and puffing about having to do chores.
➳ “READING” WHILE HAVING A MIGRAINE IS NO LONGER AN ISSUE: I do most of my reading on my iPad which is not really a good thing because the glare in notorious for giving me migraines. I also like to do a lot of late night reading which again is also not good because I usually wake up with a migraine and it hurts to even open my eyes. Whenever I feel a migraine coming on, I switch to audiobooks so at least I can still keep reading without being in agony.
Now that I’ve listened to a few audiobooks, there is no going back! I’ve been slowly making a list of backlist books I want to listen to each month and so far I’ve been keeping at it. I do believe that there is a bit of a learning curve when one starts listening to audiobooks. I’ve realized that I’m not going to like every narrator out there so making a list of my favorites is definitely a plus because not liking a narrator has affected my rating of an audiobook. I also realized that I don’t remember minor details that I would usually remember if I had read the physical book, but I do remember the main things so hopefully over time I’ll get better at remembering what I hear.
Audiobooks have definitely changed my reading life for the better and I can’t wait to listen to more romance books in the future.
What are your thoughts about audiobooks? Do you prefer audiobooks over reading physical books or eBooks? Who are some of your favorite narrators? I want all the tea y’all so feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below!