Sunday, November 7, 2010

How To Read If You Have No Time

Many of you know that I'm trying to read 100 books this year.

I often see bloggers complain that they don't have time to read as much as they would like. I will admit that with 3 small children and one extremely needy baby I don't have enough time to read either.

So, I don't read.

I listen.

Audiobooks folks. I have two or three hours most days when I can't read, but I can listen. Whether I'm walking around trying to soothe the baby (who has colic in a major way right now), doing dishes, or driving the kids from place to place, I almost always have an audiobook on.

I recently discovered LibriVox, a website where you can download free audio versions of books in the public domain. If you love the classics and you like audiobooks you need to check it out.

So yeah, maybe I'm not actually "reading" 100 books this year. When I'm done I imagine I will have read about half of the books and listened to the rest. But I say it counts. :)

So if you're too busy to read, why not try listening?

Are you an audiobook reader?

And two of my agentmates, Miranda Kennealy and Jennifer Wolf sold their debut novels last week! They are very awesome girls and you should get to know them. If you have a second stop by their blogs to say congratulations.

24 comments:

Diane said...

Definitely counts. I love them for long trips in the car to keep me awake. :O)

Kristen said...

Good idea! I used to love them when I was a kid... might have to check them out again!

Trisha Leaver said...

I have carpool duty this week which nets me 10+ hrs in the car. I am going to give audio books a try. Great idea!

Adam Heine said...

It's actually easier for me to read than to listen. With 9 kids, my house is too loud (I often have to skip YouTube links because of that). When I'm interrupted in a book I don't miss anything, but I fear I'd be rewinding the audiobook every five minutes.

Tracy Loewer said...

Audiobooks totally count as reading! My husband listens to them when he drives to business meetings out of town and loves them. I sometimes listen and audiobook on my iPod while running, but actually prefer reading a book on the stairclimber. Either way, it's a great distraction from exercising. :)

Slamdunk said...

Good for you with your goal. I used to have a job that involved frequent car trips--I was very well read back then thanks to audio books.

L.T. Elliot said...

You know, audio books are the one kind of book I haven't tried out much. I ought to give them a try. =]

Anita Saxena said...

I listen to audio books all the time. Most days I have an hour and a half commute to work. Currently, I'm listening to Mockingjay, and the drives go by so quickly.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I used to do audiobooks when I had a commute, but now I just read at night after the kiddo has gone to bed.

And I say audiobooks definitely count! Good luck with the 100!

Solvang Sherrie said...

The kids and I love listening to audio books in the car. A few of the titles on my list for the year were audio books. But I read a lot while they're at dance or piano, soccer practice, etc. And late at night instead of sleeping :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I love audio books, too, but haven't made the effort to look through my new library's collection. Must do.

WindyA said...

I've never listened to an audio book for anything other than kiddie picture books. I've struggled with how audio books put someone's voice in my head and I like wondering how someone's voice really sounds. Though at the rate I'm going for book reading, I should give this another go!

Carolyn V. said...

I get to read 30 books for my next college class. I have to admit that I am really excited to do it!

Susan R. Mills said...

Oh, yeah, that definitely counts! I've listened to a few audio books. Congrats to Miranda and Jennifer!

Patti said...

I listen to audio books on my way to and from work. It's what keeps me sane.

Paul Greci said...

I haven't tried audio books but will keep it mind. And, congrats to Miranda and Jennifer!!

Miranda said...

Thanks for the shout out, Natalie! :)

And this is a great idea - I don't have enough time to read, and I don't often listen to audio books (maybe twice in my whole life!), but I should download them to my iPod for when I'm walking/exercising.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

One of my librarian buddies swears by audio books. She "reads" them all the time. :-)

Heather Sunseri said...

I tried to download some audio books to my iPod when I went on a trip and I struggled. My mind just couldn't listen to the words. I wish I could though. It definitely gives tired eyes a rest. And it definitely counts as "reading."

Jill Kemerer said...

What a sanity saver! I think audio books are a great idea!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

My library doesn't have much of a selection of audio books. Otherwise, I'd certainly do more of that! I'm also trying the 100 book challenge. I'm up to 60 I think. Only two of them have been audio.

Joanne Fritz said...

Of course audio books count! They were a huge help to me when I was recuperating from a major illness and couldn't see well enough to read.

Hey, whatever it takes...

I also aim for 100 books every year. I'm up to 91 so far this year, so I think I'll make it. My kids are a lot older than yours!

Jennifer Shirk said...

I never think about listening to books. What a great thing to do for a car trip.

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

yes, I "read" audio books all the time. Especially with the children, it improves their listening skills. For the past week, I have also decided to write a book. It's a childhood dream, but I am a SAHM with 4 kiddos under 8y.o., so how in the world will I do that? only God knows!!!! :)