listening to books.

Yes, you read that right, and you probably know what I’m talking about…

Audiobooks!

Now, I’m more of an old-school reader myself, meaning, I love to pick out a book from the book store, and hold it in my hands while I’m reading and turning the pages. But recently, my boyfriend suggested audiobooks, something that I never really thought I’d get serious about trying out because I’m such an old-school reader.

Life, however, has gotten so busy…I’m working long hours during most of the week, and then creating or trying to take care of myself and keep up with my responsibilities (apartment, car, dog) all the while, so normally, if I have any free time, it’s spent lying in the bed, mindlessly watching a show, or sometimes (if I feel like it) picking up the Nintendo Switch and playing Animal Crossing or Pokemon.

Anyways, I’m currently reading, I mean, listening to this audiobook, Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, and so far, it’s really good! I’ll listen to it mostly on my way to work in the mornings, and I found that the first week (last week) of listening to it, I felt much calmer at work, even during frustrating sitautions.

I will say though, I’ve had a more difficult time paying attention to it this week…and this is what I was afraid would happen when I started an audiobook. I’d listen intently in the beginning, but then I’d start to drift the further along I got. Trust me, I won’t be quitting on it at all because I do want to experience everything that it has to offer, but I’m having to really pay attention, and not let my mind wander off.

Growing up as an avid reader, it pains me that I can’t sit and focus on reading like I used to. I know it’s because my mind is going in all sorts of different directions, so I need to be in a mindset and space to where I can really hone in on what the writer/speaker is saying.

I’ll have to update y’all on how the audiobook is going in the next couple of weeks. I’m in Part 2 right now, and there are three parts, each one having several different chapters.

What are some tips you can give to someone just beginning to listen to audiobooks? Which do you prefer, physical copies or audio? If you listen to audiobooks, what are some you suggest for me to try?

Mishy 🦋🧡

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