I used to read books about all kinds of different subjects… finance, sports, biographies, history, etc. When I’d do a trip to New York City, one of my favorite stops was the Barnes & Nobles on 5th Avenue where I’d buy 4-5 books that I’d read in the following months. Times have changed though. A few weeks ago, I did a quick trip and spent about 30 minutes in the Barnes & Nobles. I did end up coming out empty handed though. It’s not for lack of interest. There were dozens of great books that I saw. But I know too well that I have 7 or 8 books to read at home. Unfortunately, at my current pace, I could be stuck there for a while. I have been able to make a few exceptions such as when Ben Mezrich (my favorite author) released his latest book “Straight Flush”. In general though, I’m barely reading 1 or 2 physical books per year. I do get a few digital ones through my Kindle but not nearly as much as I’d like.
Then I Tried Audible…
I know this will sound like some kind of advertisement but it’s not I had heard about Audible a few times, it’s an audio book company owned by Amazon. I started using it and it’s been incredible so far. Why? Because I’m able to listen to all kinds of books while doing other things. Lately, I’ve been reading/listening books about parenting, the marines, about productivity, etc.
When Do I Listen To Audio Books?
I’ve been listening while cleaning things in the house or driving my car (in both cases, I feel like I’m not “losing” my time as much) but more than anything else, while running! I know that most runners listen to music, and I certainly understand it (and occasionally do the same).. but more often than not, I listen to podcasts or audio books. Perhaps it’s because I feel like I’m more “productive” or learning but I personally think it just makes it that more enjoyable for me to run. I’m able to think about something completely different and feel as if I were in a different world, it’s a great way to disconnect for me. I know that others prefer activities such as meditation where they empty their minds but I personally feel incredible after a good run listening to something that is either inspiring or just very entertaining.
I must mention though that the audio books I tried up to now are not novels. Maybe these would be a lot harder to listen to while running! Even if I’m not really the novel type, I might try a small one to listen with my son in a couple months (would love your suggestions on that too! About 1 year-old boy!) as stories are already part of his sleeping routine. I really think that listening to something really helps concentrating rather than flipping pages while so much is going on around. It surely is another reason why I preferred Audible to Kindle so far.