So, when Brady Sloane says in this issue’s Fake Your Way Through that audio-books are great for less confident readers, she’s not wrong. But in my opinion audio-books aren’t only for the less confident, but they can’t be for the busy people too!
I love reading. I would say I am a confident reader. And I can also honestly say that I love audio-books.
Audiobooks allow me to multitask in a way that nothing else can. I can enjoy all the books I want and still be active. I painted my dining room table set this summer while listening to “A Game of Thrones.” Isn’t it lovely?
I can sweep, mop and do the dishes while listening to books being read to me by professional story tellers! It makes the tedious chores seem so much more enjoyable.
So, if you haven’t noticed I’m a busy little bee. Take a look at the books I was able to enjoy this summer with the help of audio-books:
“A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin – P.S. I love this TV show, but I would never attempt this series in print. It’s like a marathon.
“A Clash of Kings” by George R. R. Martin – I made it through 2 GOT books! Whuuut! I need one of those 26.2 stickers on the back of my car.
“Of Poseison” by Anna Banks – This is a series about mermaids that I wouldn’t recommend unless you enjoy mind-numbing YA romances like Twilight.
“Of Triton” by Anna Banks – I couldn’t stop myself. It was a little like when you pick up one of those trashy magazines at the grocery store. It makes your stomach churn but you can’t tear your eyes away.
“Of Neptune” by Anna Banks – Once I got this far I had to finish…. My commitment is embarrassing.
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein – According to Dr. Ann-Marie Lopez’s definition, this is literature. It’s a beautiful story about a man and his daughter told through the eyes of his philosophical dog. It may sound cheesy at first but a dog is the perfect heartwarming narrator for such a heartbreakingly beautiful story about real life.
“Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling – Because Mindy Kaling is BAE.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany (I actually read this one) – Reading the continued story of Harry Potter in the form of a rehearsal script is definitely different. I loved it, but not as much as I wanted to. I missed J.K.’s detailed descriptions.
“The Perfume Collector” by Kathleen Tessaro (and this one) – A nice little story about female independence and perfume, with a collection of interesting characters and very French relationships.
“The Golem and The Jinni” by Helen Wecker (and this one too, though I’m still only about halfway through) – A look at immigration and the feeling of being out of place, in the guise of a historical fantasy. It’s definitely a classic in the making.
Last summer I only read about 4 books total, and all of them only while I was on a beach vacation in Mexico doing literally nothing else.
With no beach vacation to catch up on my literature, there’s no way I would’ve been able to do all this without audio-books. Get your library card out and start renting them today! “I don’t have enough time to read” is no longer a valid excuse.
Things I did this summer while listening to audio-books:
Sewed three very contrary fabric seating poufs
Sanded, painted and sealed a dining room table and six chairs
Painted a bedroom and a bathroom (twice)
Painted art for the bedroom
Cleaned the bathroom
Deep cleaned the carpet
Swept and mopped (I don’t recommend vacuuming)
Budgeted and planned the school year for my dance team
Walked the dogs
The possibilities are endless! Take a chance and ask your local librarian for help finding the audio-books of your dreams or visit the website to browse what’s available in town.
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