Sadly, I don’t sit back with a book as often as I used to, and when I do it takes an awfully long time to read. So, yes, I have a couple books I’m reading the traditional way, however, most of my “reading” has transitioned to my now vast library of audiobooks.
Are audiobooks really that different than traditional reading? To me the answer is yes and no. Sitting back in a chair, or lying on the couch to read have a calm mindfulness about them. However, in a house with two young children you can now toss that mindfulness away. I’m lucky if I can read one page without splitting up a scuffle over whose strawberries are bigger, whose device is too loud, or why I let one kid tap a finger on the table but won’t let the other kick the wall while “quietly” playing on the iPad. So, despite working from home I do find myself in the CRV driving more than you would think – thank goodness for rural living. Whether I am taking a trip to Nashville or Minneapolis to visit one of my sons, a two hour trip to Little Rock, or a 35 minute drive to Walmart (There are four equally distributed about thirty-five minutes away – we do live in Arkansas you know), I am finding myself in the car, alone, a lot. So, where the same stories I would have read ten years ago in a chair, I now listen to while driving.
As a writer, I’m supposed to read a lot. That’s what you hear, that’s what you’re told, and yeah, well, that’s what got me here. So, yes, I read a lot, traditionally, audiobook, and when I finally break down to buy one (or, someone buys me one *hint), on a Kindle Oasis. While reading has become more difficult, that doesn’t mean I shy away. Nor, do the regular questions from people who think the only way to talk to a writer is to ask, “So, what are you reading?” To be fair, I’m kind of a social dolt, so maybe that is the only way you can talk to a writer.
So, as Friday morning comes about, and I move along to a new audiobook, I thought I would share the past five audio books I’ve listened to, and the five coming up!
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Now, onto the audiobooks!