Straight up, I love audiobooks. I became a fan way back when I was in high school, and I’d listen to the Harry Potter books on tape (yes, tape, because way back in 2000 audiobooks were still made on tape and not CD). I even just recently subscribed to Audible!
And that brings me to what I want to talk about today. So, I’ve always borrowed audiobooks from the library, because they are way too expensive to buy, and the library is FREE! However, recently there have been some books that I’ve really wanted to read, but only via audiobook, and the library hasn’t had those books in audio format.
That got me thinking . . . Why do I only want to read certain books via audiobook? Are some stories better as an audio? And are some better in print format?
Of course, I love print books. I love holding the book in my hands, being able to flip through the pages, and just plopping down on the couch for an all-day reading binge. There is nothing like digging into a print book. But just because I love reading print books, doesn’t mean I can love and appreciate audiobooks.
Obviously, I love audiobooks. I understand that they are not for everyone, but they sure are for me. Here’s what I love about them:
- I can listen to them while driving
- I can listen while cleaning
- I can listen while walking the dogs
- I can listen while getting ready in the morning
- Basically, I can listen to them while doing things I don’t like to do, which makes those things much more pleasant.
- By listening to audiobooks, it helps me have enough reviews for my blog
- Sometimes, listening to an audiobook makes me enjoy the book more than simply reading the print book (ex: The Scorpio Races)
But something that I am really appreciating lately, is that I’ll listen to an audiobook of a novel that I probably wouldn’t have read in print format. We talk a lot about reading outside our comfort zone; reading those books that for whatever reason make us a little uncomfortable.
For me, those outside-my-comfort-zone books are usually those extremely emotional reads, but science fiction books, or even books that I’m just a bit apprehensive about. Even though certain books are outside my comfort zone, I often want to read them.
BUT, reading those outside-my-comfort-zone books via audio calms my nerves enough so that I can actually enjoy those books.
Here’s some examples:
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (I hate science fiction)
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (tear jerkers aren’t my thing)
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (again, tear jerker)
- Code Name, Verity by Elizabeth Wein(these emotional reads are tough for me)
- White Cat by Holly Black (just made me a little nervous)
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (this one also made me nervous)
These are all books that I don’t know if I would have read if I didn’t listen to the audiobook. And they are all books that I am ridiculously glad that I ended up reading.
So, what I’m wondering is, if you’re an audiobook lover, does reading a book via audiobook make it easier to read those outside-your-comfort-zone books? And if you’re not an audiobook listener, how to you find ways to read those books that make you a little uncomfortable?