Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Why I No Longer Read Books


 I've been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I would read anything and everything I could get my hands on. My mom told me that she once found me hiding in the closet reading from the Better Homes and Garden Family Medical Guide.I was just 6. The one we owned looked just like the one over to the left. And it was well worn. I loved that book. It had pictures. Lots of pictures with over-lays. The ones that fascinated me the most were the ones of the pregnant lady and the baby.(Probably why I was hiding) I wish I still had that particular book. I have a newer copy from the 1970's. But it's not the same. Or else I just grew up. One or the other. 

Then I went on to other books. My favorites were the Nancy Drew Mystery series. These aren't mine either. I didn't own them. I got them from the library. But they looked like these, This would have been in the 1950-1960's. I still like  mysteries or thrillers. I just don't like to 'read' so much anymore. 

I am not sure when I stopped liking to read. Now I prefer to listen to audio books. I didn't use to like them, but once I trained my mind not to wander from the story, it is the only way to go. I can turn off the lights. I can set the book to play for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or whatever. And if I fall asleep it is okay. There isn't a light to turn off. I don't still have my glasses on my face. And the book hasn't fallen to the floor, with my place lost, and pages often creased. And when it comes to finding myself waiting somewhere my book is always with me. I have the app on my phone. And I always have my phone.

Some books aren't ideal to listen to. But those are the ones that are stacked on my coffee table. The ones I flip through. Like the Martha Stewart Organizing Book. Or that Better Homes and Garden Medical Book. Those are books made for browsing. Not reading!


So I just don't read books anymore. I listen. And I like it. What about you? Do you like to read a book? Hold it in your hands. Sniff the pages. Or have you made the switch to audio books? Or do you do both? Curious minds like to know. 


30 comments:

  1. Hi- would love for you to join the Hodgepodge again. I brought it out of retirement early in the pandemic thinking short term, but here we are still at it. It’s been fun. As to your post I still like books but also do audible and electronic. Real books are still my favorite.

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    1. I will certainly join you again in the New Year. Thank you for coming here to visit me.

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  2. I listen to books while I weave. I chose classics, mostly. Books important to me, but that I don't have to carefully adhere to. But for new books, I like to read. I'm reading Obama right now.

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    1. I am listening to the new Obama book right now. He reads it!

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  3. Hmmm, I have never tried audible books. That might be something I need to try.

    I got tickled with the idea that you would hide in the closet to read your medical book. Just a wee more educational than you might have been ready for.

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  4. I read everything on a Kindle, I haven't purchased an actual book in years. The only time that I take to read is on my breaks at work so it takes me a couple of weeks to read a book now but that's the only time I tend to take.

    I can't stand being read to so I doubt I would like audio books. I guess I've never actually tried one but that has always been an issue with me.

    It's funny that you were into the Nancy Drew books, I was huge in the Hardy Boys. I kept a list of all the ones I read and was trying to read them all. I also got them all from the library. The local library was right down the road from my Jr High/High School so I would walk there after work and than my mom would pick me up there a few hours later on her way home from work. Lots of good memories sitting in the library and reading.

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    1. I have a lot of books on my Kindle too. But mostly I listen instead of read. I don't feel like being read to is much different than watching a movie. A movie develops in my mind as I hear the reading......LOL! I read my fair share of Hardy books too. I had brothers!!

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  5. Audio books put me to sleep :) I read on my tablet while I'm exercising for 40 minutes on the treadmill 5 times a week (got to get that in LOL :) I get my books from our local library through their e-book circulation. I can reserve popular books and though I might have to wait 6 months until I get them, everything is free and so much to read I never have lags in available books :) I do have one book I picked up from a little library at the local park about 6 weeks ago. Its from one of my favorite authors. I've been slowly reading it at night before bed. And of course the best book I like to read is the Bible. That I read directly from book form and not tablet because I love to write in it or underline passages, etc :)

    Happy New Year Paula :)

    betty

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    1. Being put to sleep is why I like audio books!! That is usually why I read at bedtime. I can still underline and mark passages in my online Bible!

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  6. Like you I have almost totally shifted to audible versions. I have a long book list (about 20 titles) on my Kindle and on my phone (about 100 titles). I use them both but I used them at different times. I read my Kindle while I eat and when I am winding down to go to bed. I listen to my phone at all other times. I am not sure I would have switched to audible books if my husband wasn't forced due to blindness to make the switch himself. And I purchase real books for reference - like knitting and exercises and the like.

    I discovered that I trained my brain without even trying. If I am doing housework or driving or out walking, I get bored unless I have a story in my ears. Sometimes I find I CAN’T keep focused on the boring task at hand unless I have an audible story going at the same time. The brain is a mysterious and wonderful (at the same time) organ.

    And Nancy Drew were my favorite books growing up as well.

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    1. I haven't tried listening to a book while walking. But driving needs my full attention. Too many 'rage-road' drivers out there!

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  7. Yes I ove to read and have read more this year than ever before. They say it's good to keep our minds busy. That is mine. Full of books. I listen to audio books only when traveling. They do help to pass the time, however my kids that used to be with me didn't always appreciate what I wanted to listen to.
    Oh well, now it's only me and I read on my kindle which is set up to receive library books, so I borrow them and it doesn't cost any money. Good thing, or I'd be broke by now. Wishing you a Happy New Year and plenty of good books to come.

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    1. I found that I 'read' less this year than ever. Isn't that strange. Happy New Year to you as well, Ma

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  8. I really enjoy both audio and ebooks. I don't read physical books anymore and haven't for years (other than professional books). I love the convenience of my Nook or Kindle, or the various audiobook apps I use.

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    1. I agree with you except I no longer read 'professional' books

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  9. My mom and sisters started reading to me when I was very little and I've loved books since then. In 2014 I tried a few audiobooks and didn't love them because some of the narrators grated on my nerves. I tried them again in 2017 and I loved everyone I listened to, and now I mainly listen to books. I do like ebooks too and have a Kindle Fire, Voyage, and Paperwhite. As for physical books, I still read them too, but not as often.

    I hope you have a Happy New Year!

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    1. That seems to sum up my feelings too! Happy New Year to you

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  10. I really miss the 'aroma' of a real book, but have gone 99% digital for the sake of convenience. I didn't think I'd enjoy audio, but when I tried it (while out walking) I became hooked. Of course, lots depends on the narrator. A couple of their voices I found really annoying.

    BTW, I apologize for the mix-up on names. Of course I remember your heartbreaking account about Charlie. Senior moment!

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    1. No problem. I just didn't know if you knew that Charlie had died.

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  11. I think that's considered reading. IMHO. I don't like physical books, but I do love my ereader. When it falls, I don't lose my place ;)

    The thing about audiobooks for me is that I don't like to just listen when I'm concentrating. But I'm weird that way.

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  12. Although I read plenty online and on tablet, I'm still hooked on the palpable paper pages.

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  13. I have only listened to one audio book in my life and that was because I accidently downloaded it and couldn't return it. I have no reason why except I never trained my mind to listen, I guess. I used to read on my kindle but now I read books from the library. As long as it's entertaining I guess it doesn't matter! Happy New Year!

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    1. I agree that it doesn't matter. I was just saying why I don't read 'real' books anymore.

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  14. When I was commuting to and from work I used to listen to books all the time but now I only get them if we are traveling and I think it is something Frank would enjoy as well.

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  15. I love to read! Have never not enjoyed it. I prefer book books - in hand. I do not read on a device - except for book samples. I do listen to audio books when I'm in the car. I have some that I listen to over and over each year.

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    1. Sounds like you have it figured out then.

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