Hello, and I hope that you are all having a wonderful start to the new year! I just got back from a trip, and I got to ski a bunch, part of the time with my puppy, so that was really fun, but now I’m glad to be back at home! Anyways, right now it’s time for Let’s Talk Bookish, a weekly discussion post hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books, and this week’s topic is: Audio-books: reading or not? (suggested by me!)
yes. YES. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
Audio books, or audio stories, or whatever you call them totally and completely count as reading!
Before this summer, I never listened to audiobooks. I just spent all the time I could reading. Most of the time I read physical books, but I would go through phases where I would read like 15 e-books, the go to the library and get a bunch more physical books, then go back to reading those. I also reread a lot. Most of the books that I own I’ve read at least 5 times. I’m a really fast reader, and I love rereading books, so it had never occurred to me that I’d like audiobooks.
However, my sister always listens to audiobooks, and most of the time is doing something else, like art, for example, at the same time. So, I decided to try listening to a few audiobooks. And I did.
I listened to a crazy amount of audiobooks! It probably seems silly, but for the last few months, I have only listened to the 39 clues books. I don’t know why. I’d already read them, and the person who reads all the books is a really good reader, and there are a lot of them. There are four separate series, and all together, there’s more than twenty books, and they’re by a bunch of different authors. I did decide to listen to a few other books for now, but the books that I’ll listen to, well, it really depends on the reader!
(actually, now I’ve listened to two non-39 clues books, including the one I’m currently reading)
- Listening to an audio book, however, is not the same as reading a physical one. You don’t technically read an audiobook with your eyes, but it counts as reading. The word reading just kind of means two different things, if you know what I mean.
- With audiobooks, I can be listening AND doing something else at the same time. I really like listening to audiobooks while I’m doing my math homework, because for me, I can concentrate on numbers and words and keep them separate while still understanding both.
- For me, reading a physical book, is very different from reading an e-book, and both of those are completely different from listening to an audiobook. They’re very different experiences, but in the end, you are absorbing the material in the book, just in different ways.
- Another thing: if someone has a harder time reading physical books, but still wants a way to enjoy stories, and listening to audiobooks is good way for them to be able to do that, then it is completely unfair to tell them that it ‘doesn’t count’ to listen to a story.
In conclusion, audiobooks count. Audiobooks can be another way, or the only way that people read books, and although audiobooks may not be for everyone, they can be really great. For me, listening to audiobooks is another way to cram even more books into the little time I have, and that just adds to the number of books I can read!
actually, one quick question before you stop reading: does anyone know how to change the font sizes within a paragraph without changing the font size of the entire paragraph in WordPress.com? I’ve been trying to figure it out, but it won’t let me, so if you know, please let me know in the comments!!!
Do you consider listening to audio-books as reading? How do you feel about audio-books? Is listening to an audio-book the same as reading a physical one? Chat with me in the comments below!