I’ve always been a bit of a book addict, and although I tend to prefer the real thing over digital iterations, I have to confess: I’m obsessed with audiobooks. Over the last six months, I’ve listened to over two dozen narrations, and after half a year of constant listening, I realized how my audiobook addiction has made me a better reader and writer.
Don’t get me wrong, I will probably always prefer turning the pages of physical books over clicking through digital versions or listening to audio ones, but I can’t deny all of the benefits to the alternative styles of reading. When I’m getting ready in the morning, cooking something in the kitchen, out driving around town, or running errands, audiobooks are an easy way to read all day long. Although multitasking while reading usually doesn’t involve much more than drinking tea (OK, wine) and occasionally fluffing the pillow, audiobooks make it easy to get through your To-Do list and your TBR-list at the same time.
But audiobooks do so much more than that.
Listening to audiobooks has changed the way I experience stories, and in turn, made me a better reader and writer. Stepping away from the traditional form of books has also forced me to step away from my old habits, crutches, and generally bad literary behaviors.
If you’ve considered trying it but haven’t taken the leap yet, here are 5 ways audiobook addiction has made me a better reader and writer.
Although some people may think of audiobook listening as “cheating,” I still consider it actual reading, and scientists agree that your brain doesn’t really detect a difference. That’s why I never feel guilty when my TBR pile grows smaller thanks to my constant reading — er, I mean, listening.
What way to become a better read than to just simply read more? Whether I’m cleaning, cooking, walking the dogs, working out, or just getting ready in the morning, audiobooks make it possible to stay constantly plugged into my current read, which makes crossing new books of my list even easier.
2They make me a more attentive, engaged reader.
While I may be multitasking while listening to my audiobook, I still find myself paying more attention to the story that if I was physically reading it. Unlike physical books, audiobooks aren’t skimmable — you can’t simply skip ahead to the dialogue.
Listening to audiobooks is an immersive experience, one that pulls you into the story fully, even if you’re doing dishes or running on the treadmill at the same time. For me, audiobooks mean I’m more involved, more engaged, and more committed to whatever story is being told.
3Listening to audiobooks have helped me improve my written dialogue.