Can I be honest for a minute? I always thought audiobooks were kind of like “cheater reading.” I mean, yeah, it’s technically “reading,” but is it really if you’re just listening? Semantics are important.
Lately, I’ve noticed I’m not the only one who seems to share that sentiment. On numerous discussion threads about the number of books read in 2017, I saw comments like, “do audiobooks count?” and “if audiobooks count, too, then I read…” and “I read # books and # audiobooks.”
In my mind, audiobooks were reserved for the occasional family road trip or served as a stand-in for white noise at bedtime. They were, perhaps, for people who had trouble reading “real” books for some reason--maybe dyslexia jumbled the words and turned them upside down or maybe the print was too small. They were for people who spent a lot of time on the road or people who were auditory learners. And as far as I could tell, none of those people were me.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been great at collecting books and sometimes (read: rarely) even great at starting them, but I’ve never been great at finishing them or reading consistently. That was all about to change....Read More