As a writer, I feel seriously awkward admitting that I pretty much never read anymore. After all, the two ways to become a better writer are to consume good writing and to keep on writing. But I’m just way too busy to do that first part. So, in order to keep digesting literature, as I truly love to do, I started to listen to audiobooks.
I’ve been doing this since college now and it’s actually a pretty great system in my opinion. If you want to get to reading and you have no time to actually sit down and pick up a book, then I highly recommend putting in your headphones and cranking up some Jonathan Franzen rather than some Beyonce. This system has allowed me to “never read” and still get through dozens of books over the years.
The best part about listening to a book rather than reading it is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. When I still lived in New York City I would get through books over the course of just a few days by listening to them on the way to and from class. I’d listen to books on the metro in Washington, D.C. during my summer internships at news outlets. And now I listen to books while I’m stilling in traffic driving to and from work in Los Angeles.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that nothing compares to the written word. After all, your brain really needs to see the words on the page to gain an understanding of the author’s writing style. And then there is that whole expansion of your vocabulary that comes with seeing the written word; as well as a better understanding of grammar and an improvement in your spelling.
But, I still recommend getting an Audible account and giving audiobooks a try. See what you make of them. Even if you have time to physically read a book, maybe you can down twice the amount if you’re listening too. And wouldn’t that be nice for the old brain?
Do you like audiobooks?
Full disclosure: I wrote this without seeing how it would look with my site’s ads. This was not intentionally made to advertise Audible. Google AdWords just works this way. That said, I do use Audible, and I do recommend it.