I like to pride myself on my reading ability. I know how to. That is, I know how to read. Which is good because I really like to read stuff written by people all over the globe. Whatever my mood, I can pick up a good book and either enhance it or change it (my mood, that is). People have been doing this for thousands of years and I like to think I’m part of that club.
There is an increasingly prevalent problem creeping its way into my life though – and that’s finding the time to get any substantial amount of reading done.
Here’s the thing – I don’t curl up on the couch during the day to enjoy a good book. I don’t rest outside during the Summertime, leaning up against a New England stone wall learning about ancient Rome. And I certainly don’t have a beach nearby with an umbrella to situate myself under to do whatever it is I’m talking about. Do you want to know my reality? I plop myself in bed around 2AM after taking a Benadryl, only to read about 5 pages before falling asleep. I can talk the talk, but I feel like it’s time to get some work done.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about ways to work around my issue. I’ve considered the Kindle, but I can’t quite figure out how that would help me. I guess it would just make my few bedtime pages more expensive. It’s a nice idea though because the Kindle, or any tablet for that matter, is a really cool gadget. And gadgets are where it’s at right now.
More seriously, what I’ve been thinking about lately is a membership to Audible.com. Audio books. My mother’s been raving about these things for years. I’ve resisted, but to be honest, they’re starting to make sense. So far, I’ve thought of one good place to listen to books – and that’s in the car. I have about 2 hours worth of driving per week and if I can add that time to the time I usually read before bed, I might actually get something done. But with this comes another problem. The problem of me being cheap.
I swear, it costs $70 to fill my gas tank. No problem. It’s like $150 every time I go food shopping. I don’t think twice. Out to dinner? I don’t know, what is it, $50 these days? Regardless, I don’t think about these things, but when it comes to dropping $15 a month for an audio book website membership, I’ll hem and haw over it for months. I swear, it’s horrible. I do this with stuff I want to buy from Amazon all the time. I put items in my shopping cart for so long, they actually change price before I get around to deleting them. I suppose it’s good in a way. I’m not one to “waste” money.
But I really want to read more and this is the only thing I can think of to get it done. Working on the computer all day doesn’t exactly open much opportunity to accomplish this and reading while eating dinner is a pretty loser thing to do to a partner. Filling the void in my off time is what makes sense.
So, the question is this – is anyone who may be reading this a member of Audible? Do you like it? Or even more generally, if you listen to audio books, have they helped you get more reading done?
Now, I have considered that possibility of forgetting how to read by “listening” to books as opposed to actually reading them, but I quickly quelled the fear by reminding myself that I am doing more reading on the internet than I would have ever done if it was never invented. I’d probably be working outside and reading wouldn’t fit in my day much at all. But the way things are, I do read a lot during the day, albiet nothing of real substance.
I do write though, and if I can keep this going, perhaps my brain will forgive my laziness when it comes to reading. Whatever.
Please, if you have thoughts on this, leave a comment. I’d like to sign up for Audible, but am looking for a push. I want a few success stories first.
PS – I already looked on the town’s library website and they do, in fact, have audio books that I could listen to. The issue with that is for some of the good ones, there’s a waiting list and if it is available, it’s time limited. It’s a possibility though.
If you’re interested in how Audible works, check out this video. It’s pretty informative.