How Audiobooks helped my reading during Quarantine + Updates

Audiobooks usually aren’t my go-to when it comes to reading, however I noticed during Quarantine they became a pillar for structuring my reading time.

As I was focusing on my classes online and staying indoors, my reading had definitely slowed down (at least when it came to novels written in prose). It became difficult for me to stay focused on what I was reading, so I was grateful to have started using sites like Scribd to enjoy audiobooks (also utilizing my library’s digital catalog more).

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Between the two, Scribd is definitely my preferred choice for now because libraries can have a bit of a wait time on books. When seeing just how many audiobooks were available, it made me prioritize more backlist/indie titles too and that’s something I’m planning to hopefully continue for the rest of the year.

During Quarantine not only have I been able to get through my library checkouts more, but its also gotten me to think more about reaching for the backlist books on my physical TBR (which also inspired my new blog feature Backlist Bookshelf).

So far the easiest way for me to get more reading done has been to read a physical copy while listening to the audiobook. I’m also getting reading done faster because I recently noticed how short audiobooks can be! Now books are getting read in the span of 2-3 days instead of my usual reading speed.

As Way Too Fantasy mentioned, “listening to a book is a much different skill from reading print off a page…” Being more of a print reader, I’ve noticed delving into audiobooks is working with a different reading muscle than I’m used to, but its really been fun to get back into reading more books again.

There’s been such a variety of books I’ve been able to get through during my time at home too from manga to graphic novels, novellas, non-fiction and of course, YA!

In all the years I’ve been reading, I rarely reached for audiobooks, so 2020 will definitely be one of the years with the highest amount I’ve ever listened to (so far its 3 total πŸ“š). Because I’m more of a fiction podcast listener, its also been difficult for me to get into audiobooksΒ  cause I’ve definitely gotten used to fiction/audio drama’s more scripted style of storytelling. But, I’m happy that the audiobooks I have listened to so far have been great!

I’ve listened to The Black God’s Drums, Scavenge The Stars, and more recently Upright Women Wanted (book review in-progress). Out of all of those, my favorite audiobook has definitely been for The Black God’s Drums which was narrated by Channie Waites, who did a stellar job! Because it’s a novella I thought I wouldn’t even need the audiobook, but I’m so glad to have discovered it. Waites brought such an engaging performance that looking back, I loved the novella because of the audio even more and its definitely on my list of all-time favorite audiobooks.

Overall, I’m glad I ended up having lots of luck with my audiobook choices so far! The next one I might be looking into is for Elizabeth Acevedo’s Clap When You Land its wonderful to see authors narrating their own book, so I’m looking forward to this one! (If you’ve listened her audiobooks, let me know what you think in the commentsπŸ’ž)

Updates

If you’ve been following me on Twitter you may have seen a tweet about a special announcement a couple weeks ago. I was really hesitant to talk about it here whether casually in a review or make an entire post about it…but I’m incredibly passionate about this special project so I guess its time I finally talked about how I’ve officially started…a PODCAST!! Titled The Booked Shelf Podcast, each episode will cover a different book/bookish/storytelling-related topic. I recently launched the trailer on YouTube and if everything works out, I’ll be debuting my first episode later this month! πŸ˜πŸŽ™πŸŽŠ

Its been a little over a week since protests began around the world in response to the recent Black lives lost. During this time, I’ve reflected on the ways I can do more (not only in my personal life) but also through the use of my platform to uplift and boost Black voices and authors / creators. So over the next few weeks, I plan to post here on the blog a list of upcoming YA Books from Black authors or even Black-authored books that need more hype (hoping I’ll have time to share both).

Hope you enjoyed today’s more casual discussion post, maybe I’ll post another one like this soon? πŸ₯°πŸ“šπŸ’–

Have you been listening to any audiobooks recently? Any books or other media you’ve been enjoying? πŸ“šπŸ’– Are there anyΒ bookish / blog updates you’d like to share? πŸ’ž

8 thoughts on “How Audiobooks helped my reading during Quarantine + Updates

    1. Oh no, I’m sorry to hear some books haven’t worked out for you! Honestly I agree that audiobooks are an absolute lifesaver for me right now and getting more reading done! That’s amazing, I’m not able to do other things as I listen to audiobooks because I’d get way too distracted. πŸ˜‚πŸ’ž Thanks for reading Tabby!

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  1. I’ve really fallen in love with audiobooks in the past couple of years, and I find them so helpful when I’m not feeling like reading a physical-/e-book, or when I’m doing something else, as well. Also, a good narrator can truly enhance the reading experience, which is something I appreciate. πŸ™‚

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    1. How many audiobooks do you usually listen to? I’m just getting back into them, so I completely agree that the narrator can really influence the reading experience. Thank you for reading Veronika! πŸ˜„πŸ’ž

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      1. At one time only one because I don’t like to read more than one book of the same format. I tend to read 1+ books at a time, but they have to be an ebook, physical and an audio, for example. (I hope I understood the question right, I’m tired, haha.)

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