Reading is essential to me; my best days always include reading, even if it’s just one chapter. But, let’s be real, reading takes time and not everyone has it. Thankfully, we live in a world where there are audiobooks! My friend, Emilie from Burke Does is here guest posting today about her love for audiobooks along with a few tips for getting started. So, here she is…
Every day, I try to learn something new. Learning is fun, but even more importantly, it’s the core to continuously growing as a person and as a student of life. In many ways, I think that’s why we’re all so attracted to books and reading. Some days, though, there is no time to read. You know exactly what I’m talking about- those days that are so busy that by the time you can sit down to read, you’re way too pooped to do anything.
Not sure, yet?
I’m talking about those days when you got a flat tire AND forgot to put dinner in the crockpot only to get home and realize there’s nothing in the fridge to eat AND you needed to do laundry AND you worked a 12 hour day.., so basically every day that ends in –y.
In 2014, I was still in college, but I felt myself being trapped in a bubble of academia. I studied politics, and I love it, but I was deep into my major and starting to get down to the crossing off graduation requirements, so I was taking mostly politics classes all the time. Unfortunately, what this didn’t leave me room to do was learn more about social media or blogging, two of my loves. It also didn’t let me get knee-deep into a new book that I wanted.
I often found myself buying a book and telling myself that, since I had invested $14 into it, I’d definitely read it. Now, in my new post-grad apartment I have a book shelf with more unread than read books that I’m trying to go through. I consider it a challenge that I’ve enthusiastically taken on. Nonetheless, I still find myself with days where I can’t read. I’ve been trying to read a little bit each day, even if it’s just a page, and first thing in the mornings, but sometimes life doesn’t go as planned.
When I was younger, my dad had always listened to talk radio in the car, so when podcasting exploded, I was super comfortable with it. For some reason, though, the idea of audiobooks never crossed my mind. But then I listened to my first one. And my second one. And now? Now, I’m very glad to say that I’m hooked.
Three tips for listening to audiobooks:
Don’t be overly ambitious.
Do not pick a 22-hour book if you’ve got the attention span of a bird. Instead, start small with a 5-hour book. Also, don’t plan on listening to the book in one sitting. Feel free to listen to it in 20-minute chunks! You would never expect to read a book in one sitting (okay, only sometimes). I recommend starting with a comedian’s book, such as “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” by Mindy Kaling.
Set a schedule.
Do you go on a daily walk of twenty minutes? Do you always wash the dishes? Associate listening to your audiobook with something you do a couple of times per week. This will help you feel like you’re making progress. At the same time, don’t make listening to a book a chore! Do it because it’s fun!
Consider a subscription.
If you find yourself being successful at listening to audiobooks (I usually go through 1.5 per month), consider a subscription, such as the one to Audible. I don’t have a referral link and this isn’t a sponsored post, but Audible gives me the chance to pay about $15 per month in exchange for one book per month. Since most of the individual books I’m interested in cost more than $15 it’s super worthwhile for me to do!
Audiobooks aren’t meant to replace reading. In fact, I use it to supplement my reading. They’re great while driving or multi-tasking. They can be used to supplement podcasts, so you don’t have to give up listening to Serial or your favorite podcast to listen to audiobooks.
Emilie is a recent Princeton University grad, currently living in Baltimore, MD. She is half of the brains behind BurkeDoes.com, a lifestyle blog by the two sisters. Together, they write about the struggles of long-distance sisterhood, life management tips, their favorite art projects, and their obsession with food. She also makes to do lists at MyToDoList.Me. You can follow her around the web: Twitter. Instagram. Facebook. Pinterest. Bloglovin’