Reading is one of my favorite things in the world to do, but I just don’t have the time to dedicate to reading like I would like to. There was a time I was reading 2 to 3 books per month. Back then I took the Metro (subway) to work so I had at least 2 hours per day to dedicate to reading. My favorite genre back then was fiction by African American female authors like; Zora Neal Hurston, J. California Cooper, Alice Walker, Tina McElroy Ansa, Octavia Butler,Bebe Moore Campbell, Jamaica Kincaid, Terry McMillian, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, and so many more. These women and their stories shaped so much of my life as a teen and young adult. As I list these authors it makes me long for reading good fiction again.
It has been at least 15 years since I have read great fiction; I replaced fiction with Christian books on parenting, marriage, prayer and everything in between. Those books helped me grow in my walk with the Lord and still have a big impact on my life as a Christian. I didn’t swear off fiction it just kind of happened; you guys know I am a researcher so when I started making soap, and getting into skincare, natural hair and learning about being an entrepreneur that’s what I read about which left no room for fiction.
I passed on the love for reading to my daughter Corey; this chick has read hundreds upon hundreds of books and she ravishes them just like I used to. I remember when iBooks first came out and me being a traditional book snob thought this is crazy and it will never last or catch on. I love touching the pages, the colors of the jackets on my hardcover books (hated paperbacks). I have purchased hundreds of books over the years and I wanted to keep them all, Michael, on the other hand, didn’t share my enthusiasm because I was running out of space for my book collection. He suggested I try iBooks to save space and wanted me to declutter the books that were taking up every free space in our home. I agreed to give iBooks a try; reading a book on an iPad or Kindle just wasn’t the same for me I have a handful of electronic books and my favorites are the how-to books, (soap making, makeup, haircare) I could do an electronic version for those books.
Then came audiobooks, I tried it a few years ago and to be honest I hated it. I felt like I couldn’t retain the information because my mind would wander. I started listening to podcasts a few years ago mostly entrepreneurial type podcasts and some of my favorite Bible teachers this I could get into because I was just like talk radio which I already enjoyed. I was drawn to podcasts because I could multitask while listening (driving to work, working out, chores around the house). So I figured why not give audio books another try. What sealed the deal for me was discovering Trevor Noah the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. I watched his standup on Netflix and was so intrigued by his story; he grew up in the era of Apartheid in South Africa his point of view of American culture and politics fascinated me. When I learned he had written an autobiography I had to get this book. I purchase most of my books from Amazon and I noticed his book was on Audible ( an Amazon subscription for audiobooks) and he was narrating the story I knew I wanted to hear him tell his story. I renewed my subscription to Audible just to hear Trevor’s book “Born A Crime” about 9 hours long. I would listen to it every chance I got. His story is so horrific, but yet he managed to somehow find humor in it all. I would reenact what I’d heard to my family or anyone that would listen about this book. I then realized why I didn’t like audiobooks before if the narrator was dry or monotone it would bore me and I would quickly lose interest. I still love reading the traditional way but my life is too hectic for that right now. I have listened to 5 books so far still no fiction lol but I am working on that.
What I love about Audible is that you can preview the books to see if you would like them, if you don’t like the books you can return them. I have a wish list and my own personalized library. You can search countless books by genre, author or book title. https://www.audible.com . I know these days we are wearing so many hats it is hard to squeeze time for the things we enjoy audiobooks and podcast are with exploring. Here are some of my favorite podcasts and Books I have “read” or want to explore on Audible:
Born a Crime By Trevor Noah (This will be the first book in my virtual book club)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (in my Audible library to “read”)
She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You by Chrystal Evans Hurst (in my Audible library to “read”)
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (in my Audible library to “read”)
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston (haven’t started reading yet)
Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites? Do you listen to audiobooks? Would you try audiobooks? What do you think about book clubs?