Stuff I love- Audiobooks
Once upon a time, I was a reader. An avid reader, in fact. When I was a little kid, I would regularly take out the maximum amount of books from the library (20), and anytime we were in a book store, my dad would remind me that he would pay for ANY book I wanted to read. In high school, English was my favorite class, and in college I read a LOT of Russian Literature.
And then I went to law school. I continued to read, but aside from the occasional Harry Potter (I mean I HAD to finish the series), reading for pleasure fell by the wayside. I got slightly better at leisure reading as a working adult, but most of the reading I did was on vacation and was not what you would call "literature".
I assumed this trend of non-reading would continue once I had a child, but then I discovered audiobooks. Until recently, my little Chewbacca baby refused to nap during the day unless I was walking with him in a carrier. Which meant, if I didn't want a monster meltdown at the end of the day, I would walk with him for up to 6 hours a day. And, since I wanted him to sleep, I wouldn't talk on the phone, so I wouldn't wake him up.
There are only so many songs and podcasts you can listen to before you get bored. Thanks to a giltgroup special, I signed up for audible.com and got two free audio books. It wasn't an hour into the first book that I was completely hooked. In the past four months I've finished more books than I have in probably the last 5 years. I wish someone would have told me about this sooner!
Experts believe reading increasings empathy and keeps your mind sharp and it's believed this can be experienced whether you are reading or listening to a book. Additionally, as long as you're not multi-tasking, experts believe in the stress-relieving benefits of "deep reading" can be felt by listening to an audiobook. So, grab some headphones and listen while you're working out, commuting, or even cooking dinner (so maybe that last one counts as multi-tasking). Audible.com has all the new releases, but using the Overdrive app (find it in the app store), you can get a lot of great titles for FREE at your local library.
If you need some suggestions to get you started, here are some of my most recent favorites:
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Emma by Jane Austen
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
And here's what's next up on my list:
Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
One More Thing by Mindy Kaling, Lenna Dunham, BJ Novack and Others