Thursday, September 15, 2011
[Book Blogger Appreciation Week or BBAW is the brainchild of My Friend Amy. This year marks the fourth year of the event and it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This week is all about showering book bloggers with appreciation--it's a blogging event I always look forward to each year.]
Today's Topic: Book bloggers blog because we love reading. Has book blogging changed the way you read? YES! Have you discovered books you never would have apart from book blogging? YES! How has book blogging affected your book acquisition habits? YES! Have you made new connections with other readers because of book blogging? YES! Choose any one of these topics and share your thoughts today!
I've always talked about how book blogging has influenced my reading, but most recently it has influenced my listening!
Many of you know I had a baby almost five months ago. If not, well, yes, I am a new mommy. New mothers who say they have tons of time to read definitely lead a very different life than I do because I can't seem to find a second during the day (or night). Well, I could, but those seconds are usually spent staring blankly at the TV screen in a half-asleep stupor. Rambling.
Point is, I'm not getting much reading done these days. And while I've had a bit of a struggle with audiobooks the past few years, I realized when I was on maternity leave how much I missed listening to books on my commute to work. I'm not sure how many books I've read/listened to this year, but I have a feeling that the listening has now surpassed the reading!
And can I confess that lately I sometimes prefer listening to the book than reading? And think of books in terms of--"oooh, that would be a great one to listen to!" And recently signed up for Audible thanks to your suggestions and accidentally purchased three books on sale even though it takes me at least a week or two to listen to a moderately long book so now I have a TBL (to be listened) list in addition to a TBR (to be read) list ohmygoshimamess! That reminds me, I need to download Unbroken from my library before my hold is released. Whew!
If you're like me and are interested in audiobooks but have found that they're difficult to listen to, here are some things that have helped me (many thanks to suggestions I've picked up from you!):
* Try listening to books you've already read and enjoyed.
* Choose a book that is more straightforward in plot. Non-fiction works very well for me.
* Young Adult also seems to work well.
* Be patient with listening. If you have to rewind here and there, think about how often you have to re-read a paragraph or sentence. Same thing!
* Check your library to see if you can download audiobooks from their website. Easy Peasy!
* Ask around for suggestions on good audiobooks. Audiobook Jukebox is a great resource!
Do you listen to audiobooks? Do you have any suggestions for the timid listener?
So you guys...Thank you for giving me the push towards audiobooks--my reading is forever enhanced!
Happy Read...erm... Listening!