Okay, so I know the title is totally misleading. I’ve known about audiobooks. But for some reason, I never thought about listening to them on my paper route. You would think that this would make sense. I drive four hours every morning delivering newspapers and that leaves plenty of time to listen to music or read. I mean, I listen to music all the time. I spend an inordinate amount of time working out playlists which frustrated my husband to no end. Let’s face it. Some days I want to listen to Daft Punk, Linkin Park, Bad Wolves, Sarah Brightman, Leah, etc. Some days I want to listen to soundtracks like The Legend of Zelda soundtracks or the Harry Potter soundtracks. I love music. I spent three years as drum major of my high school marching band and I’ve played the flute since 6th grade.
I even decided to learn a foreign language on CD. I tried to learn Celtic and Korean. Neither one of them stuck. I do hope to try learning them again someday, but I think I need something more immersive. Something with flash cards and stuff. I also want to learn Japanese and Vietnamese because the people who do my nails speak Vietnamese and introduced me to pho and I want to learn. So, if any of you have these skill and would love to teach me I’m in!
Why it never occurred to me to listen to audiobooks is beyond me.
With three kids, a paper route, and a second-day job at one point in time, I had very little time to read. If you would have asked me what my favorite place in the world was in fifth grade I would have said the library. If you were to ask my parents what I did with my free time in high school they would probably split their answers between reading and playing video games. And to be honest, that hasn’t changed much. I still play video games and I still read. Just not as much as I used to. Which makes me sort of sad. I’ve learned through counseling that I need a hobby so that when I fall into that pit of “I can’t control this”, I can focus my attention elsewhere. Because I’m a spender when I’m depressed or upset. And it has lead to a lot of debt issues.
Anyway, the problem is, I’m still buying books but I’m struggling to find time to read. I tried to make time before bed, but because I’m up at 2am to deliver papers I’m dead by 8:30pm. Which sucks because I have no life. Being a loner this isn’t always a bad thing because I don’t always have people to hang out with, but I still want to be able to spend time with my friends when they do want to go out. I tried reading during the day, but that seemed to be taken up with work, cleaning the house, taking care of kids, and working on my own writing. Which makes no sense because they say you can’t write if you don’t read. I mean, you can, but how do you learn what works and what doesn’t if you don’t read?
And then I went to a writer’s workshop in March. Which I’ll probably post the notes I took in my next post, but anyway. I realized there were so many books that I wanted to read, but hadn’t made the time for and I had the perfect app to do so. And I don’t mean Audible because let’s face it, I’m trying to get out of credit card debt right now and don’t really have the money for audiobooks right now. But I do have Overdrive. Overdrive. Such a beautiful app. I mean, my local library doesn’t have a ton of books. I live in a small town, but there are still enough that I can occupy myself for a while. And then there are the times when I have a little extra money and Amazon has books on sale for like $1.99 and you can add the audiobook for an additional $1.99 and I get two for the price of one and my kids get another book to read.
Who doesn’t love a good deal?
In the past few months, outside of going through the interview process for a 9-1-1 Dispatcher position and signing a contract for a book of mine to be published with Evernight Teen (which I got the mock-up cover of and it’s striking and I love it and I can’t wait to share it), I’ve been able to read a book every three days. Let me go through the list:
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Which inspired my last finished manuscript, btw)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Ever by Shannon Hale
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
The Death Cure by James Dashner
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (I’m really glad that I listened to this one on audiobook because I would have butchered the names to no end.)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Fever Code by James Dashner (I really want a Newt book. He’s my favorite character.)
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg
Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram
Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
The Hundredth Queen by Emily R King
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
What’s fun is I’ve had the chance to reread some books that I haven’t had a chance to read in years like the HP books. And I’ve done more reading in the last few months delivering newspapers from 2-6 am and delivering 1300 free papers on Wednesdays, than I’ve been able to do since my oldest was born in 2006. And I can’t wait to read more!
Got a favorite audiobook to recommend? Let me know! I love adding books to my list.