A few months ago, I was complaining to a friend that all I seem to do is drive from doctor appointment to doctor appointment in Orange County traffic. She told me that the traffic used to drive her crazy, until she started listening to books on tape. Now she actually looks forward to driving home in traffic so she can listen to her books.
To be completely honest, even though I’ve known that books on tape existed for years, and the concept theoretically sounded like a good one, I always sort of dismissed the idea. Somehow it seemed like it was for older people who listened to mystery books on cassette players while they burned incense and soaked in bathtubs. I don’t know why, but I had that image in my head.
In any event, my friend explained that she had discovered this extension of Amazon called Audible, where you can order books and play them from the Audible app on your phone. You get your first book FREE, after which you get one book per month for $14.95, or 2 books per month for $22.95. (It’s pricey, I know, but when you’re going through 1 or 2 books a month anyways and it’s saving you from traffic and waiting room boredom, it’s totally worth it). Maybe it was the image of an I-phone app replacing my image of a cassette player in a steaming bathroom, but in any event by the end of the conversation, I was sold. I signed up for Audible right away, and downloaded my first book, Essentialism (which, by the way, you must read. It was so incredible that I finished it in 4 days!).
For years longer than I’d like to admit, I’ve been saying I want to read more leisure books. However, I struggled to do so because reading tends to aggravate my migraines, especially after spending so much time on the computer during the day. Not to mention my limited free time after appointments, and being stuck in the car so often. Audible allows me to listen to books without making my pain worse, and now I can read while I’m driving, waiting in doctors’ offices, and even in the gym. Instead of sitting in the car wanting to smack my hands against the wheel and yell at the car in front of me, or sitting in a waiting room chair pretending to stare at my phone in order to avoid awkward eye contact with the couple sitting across from me, I actually (sort-of) look forward to those long appointments, when I get to immerse myself in whatever latest book I’m listening to! I can’t wait to get back into the car after an appointment is over and start back where I left off. And now at the gym, when I’d usually be on the bike or the treadmill counting the seconds until I’m done, I’m so focused on a story that I barely even notice the minutes passing by.
Below are the links to a few of my favorite reads at the moment. Enjoy!
With great love,