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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s all about the bookish discoveries we made in 2019. But instead of multiple bookish discoveries, I want to take this time to rave about THE BEST bookish discovery I made in 2019. It’s the discovery that single-handedly SAVED my reading life this year and I’m not even exaggerating. I’m talking about audiobooks.
Audiobooks and Lindsey: how they met
I didn’t use to be an audiobook girl. I preferred physical books. And honestly, part of me still does. But the truth of the matter is that reading physical books requires time. You need time to sit down, open the actual book and – and this is important – do not fall asleep. Which, as you may have guessed, my exhausted little ass is not very good at.
So when I started a new job at the beginning of 2019 that required me to spend way more time in the car on a daily basis, I figured I needed to make some drastic changes quickly or I wouldn’t get any reading done any more. I asked for some help on Twitter, decided to download Audible and tried my first audiobook (Crazy Rich Asians). And I was hooked.
Audiobooks and Lindsey: The numbers
Take a look at my 2019 reading year:
- I read 62 books in total in 2019.
- Of those 62 books, 10 were physical copies (including 3 re-reads)
- Of those 62 books, 23 were ebooks (including 2 re-reads)
- Of those 62 books, 29 were audiobooks (This is 47%)
So basically, about half of my reading in 2019 was through audiobook. HALF! Imagine if I hadn’t had audiobooks!
So when I say that audiobooks saved my reading life, this is what I meant. Without them, my reading would only be half of what it is.
Audiobooks: pros and cons
Look, I don’t just love audiobooks because they enable me to still read so much when time is short, okay? Though that may be the reason that started it all, there are actually a ton of pros to audiobooks:
1. BECOME MULTITASKING ROYALTY AND MAKE BORING TASKS AND DAILY COMMUTES GO BY FASTER
2. BE ENTERTAINED BY AMAZING VOICE ACTORS
3. ACHIEVE YOUR READING GOALS AT SUPER-SPEED
4. EXPERIENCE OLD FAVORITES FROM A NEW ANGLE
5. LEARN LANGUAGE AND PRACTICE VOCABULARY
6. EASILY TRY SOMETHING NEW OR INTIMIDATING
Might I redirect you to my discussion post on 6 reasons why I love audiobooks?
Also, I just want to give an extra shout-out to audiobooks for making it easier for me to read books I’ve been procrastinating for way too long already:
As for cons, I only have one: the narrator is uber important. If for any reason you don’t vibe with the narrator, the reading experience is pretty much ruined.
Though I loved Get A Life, Chloe Brown, I did not love the narrator and am convinced I would have given it a higher rating if I had read the physical copy instead.
And though I was really eager to try The Priory of the Orange Tree, for some reason I had difficulties understanding the narrator and so I DNF’ed the audiobook. However, if you want to pick up this audiobook, don’t be too discouraged by me saying this because in all honestly I listen in some not-so-very-great conditions: through my phone speakers, in my car (I can’t listen on my car speakers because I am missing the bluetooth thingy and me calling it a bluetooth thingy already tells you enough about my tech skills. Moving on.) All this to say: it may be me and not the narrator here.
My favorite audiobooks of 2019:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of my absolute favorites of 2019 and the audiobook narrators had a lot to do with that. Daisy Jones and the Six and its big cast of narrators was pure brilliance and sounded like an actual interview. Perdita Weeks, the narrator of Circe, has a voice that was just so pleasant to listen to and she really brought the character of Circe to life.
Crier’s War was not only a fun sci-fi that shined because of it originality, but also because of the double narration. Dear Aaron was the pen-pal romance of my heart and both narrators helped that. And though I had some issues with the narration of The Flatshare at first, I quickly got used to it and FELL IN LOVE with this amazing rom-com.
Are you an audiobook fan? Any favorite audiobooks?
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