It’s 2019. We’re all busy — more so than we’ve ever been before, yet you’ll still find us answering emails at 11pm and adding more to our schedules by the minute. We don’t have time to do any of the things we used to do — like vacuum the carpets and cook dinner and mow the lawn and walk our dogs. So, we outsource. We’re good at that, especially with our iPhones and apps and ever-improving technological skills.
But what about reading?
I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have the time to physically sit and read a book anymore. I read so many blog posts that always preach about time being relative and everyone having the time in their day to read, but for me that’s just not possible. I spend so much time every day reading emails and blog posts and social content that I don’t have the energy to use my eyes to read words on a page that don’t contribute to my career.
But, after years and years of adding books to my TBR only to have them left there untouched, I realised that I was going to have to change my perspective on reading as a whole.
So far this year I’ve read three books, but I’m yet to actively open a book or read the pages of a book on a screen. How have I done this? Simple! I’ve been utilising audiobooks.
Now, I know there’s a huge argument out there that listening to an audiobook doesn’t technically count as reading; and sure, I get it. But, I’m still consuming and retaining the exact same information as I would if I were physically reading the book, so why is it even an issue?
Audiobooks have been a brilliant way for me to tick off my TBR without giving myself a migraine from eye strain, and they’re also way more convenient. I can listen to them while I drive, while I clean the house or wash the dishes, while I’m in the shower, while I’m in bed, and while I’m on the treadmill. I can also listen to them when I’m sitting outside and I never have to worry about squinting, turning pages or my posture — I simply get to enjoy relaxing outside.
I’ve also been listening to audiobooks during my workday — when I’m taking photos, editing photos and drafting out content. I actually gain way more “reading” time in a day because I’m no longer limited to the process of sitting and reading. I can “read” while I grocery shop, while I fold laundry or while I’m playing with the cats. It’s actually one of the most brilliant things about being in 2019 and having access to advanced technology — I’m no longer limited to when I can binge-read my favourite books.
So, if you are struggling to read because you literally have zero time to do so, why not try an audiobook? I’ve been utilising my local library for their audiobook catalogue, which means my reading habit is completely free. And I’m not even going to begin with how eco-friendly and minimalist the whole process of not buying physical books is, not to mention the fact that I no longer have to cart around a book with me if I want to get some reading done over lunch or while I’m waiting for an appointment. I simply make sure my phone is charged, and I always make sure to carry a set of wireless headphones with me in my handbag, and I’m good to go.
Now, for some book recommendations!
The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale: This book has literally been on my TBR for so long. Stupidly long, actually, and I even have the hard copy version sitting in my bookshelf. I wasn’t kidding when I said I literally have no time or energy to physically read a book! Anyway, I only finished listening to the audio version of this book about a week ago and let me just tell you — hell truly hath no fury like a woman scorned. It’s an absolute must-read.
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham: I had this book recommended to me by a client about two years ago, but never really got around to reading it until now. I really, really enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful and thrilling but also beyond twisted. Basically, it’s the perfect psychological thriller and another must-read!
Force of Nature by Jane Harper: Okay, this book is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. It’s set in the Australian wilderness, and bases around a woman that goes missing while on a group retreat with four other women… ‘five went out, four came back‘. It’s SO damn good. So good. Stories involving the wilderness and disappearances with elements of psychological terror are just the best, aren’t they? This is another must-read that I would recommend to literally anyone and everyone. It’s impossible to dislike this book.
I’d love to know what books you have been reading lately, and if you think you’ll give audiobooks a go? Let me know in the comments!