Listening to an audiobook sounded like cheating on my spouse. It sounded dirty and strange, something that I would never really ever want to do. I love to read. I always have. I spent my childhood reading with flashlights under covers and in the backseat by street lamp. In my twenties at some point, I think I stopped without realizing it. Loving to read is ingrained in my identity, but I couldn't remember the last time I actually finished a really good book - or any book, really. I mocked e-books and kindles and nooks. Nothing, nothing is better than an actual paperback book. But then why was it that I couldn't remember the last time I picked one up? Something inside me shied away at my previously favorite thing to do. I couldn't figure out what it was. All I knew is that it felt like too much for me.
Everything changed when I begrudgingly started my first audiobook. I discovered that a lot of audiobooks are actually read by their author. This somehow felt less dirty, less strange. I added a ton to my wishlist, limiting my choices to books that I wouldn't want to keep the paperback and probably only read once, and books that were read by their author.
Something clicked. I've now listened to more books in a month than I've read in the past three years. Just like I've always loved read, I've always loved to listen. I will always choose to listen than to choose to talk. I love hearing people's voices as they tell their own stories.
Listening to empowered women tell their own stories in their own words AND in their own voices? There is nothing that feels strange about that. It feels comforting and empowering and lovely and...it drowns out my own voice. I am tired of listening to my thoughts as they devour my soul and positivity. I need to listen to strong, bold, powerful women until I become one myself. And you know what? It's working. Audiobooks have saved me. I've fallen back in love with books and even my own potential - something my own inner voice breaks down constantly. I am so. damn. thankful. Audiobooks. Trust me.
My immediate recommendations:
by Shonda Rhimes
I don't care how you feel about Shonda Rhimes or her shows. This book is so, so good. My first, and definitely favorite, audiobook yet.
by Amy Poehler
By Tina Fey
by Issa Rae
by Luvvie Ajayi
by Phoebe Robinson
by Leandra Medine
What are your favorite audiobooks??