Lately, I have been listening to a lot of my YA books on audio! When I first ventured into the world of audiobooks I only read non-fiction books on audio like Girlboss and the Drew Barrymore memoir Wildflower (Impeccable narration btw!). For some odd reason, I stayed away from YA books when it came to audio. I felt that it was an utter betrayal to listen to my YA books instead of physically reading them! When I first started audiobooks for some reason I felt guilty about it and kind of kept it a secret. Sometimes when I talked about audiobooks I was even judged for it by some people and told that it was “cheating” and that it wasn’t “real reading.” This couldn’t be further from the truth.
This was a completely ridiculous notion that I held on to for a few years until all the books I wanted to read desperately just started passing me by! Now I know that all of us have a TBR list that is almost impossible to conquer but I realized that audiobooks help attack that crazy TBR list!
Life can be crazy busy for all of us and as we get older we need to find ways to combine the things we love to do in our daily lives. As a relatively busy teacher, the demands of the career can be astronomical and it was getting me down watching all my favorite YouTube vloggers gushing about their favorite books that I haven’t even picked up yet! Then I realized…duh….these YouTube vloggers are listening to audiobooks all the time! What do I have to feel guilty about?!
There is an amazing vlog post by emmabooks that discussed whether “audiobooks are considered real reading” and her reasoning as to why she reads audiobooks opened up the heavens for me when it came to audiobooks! She explained that audiobooks and physical books are the exactly the same story! She argued that the only difference between reading a physical book and listening to a book is the process of decoding which is sounding out words. Many people think that listening to audiobooks is much easier than physically reading a story but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Emma made an important point when she stated that when kids get out of elementary school decoding becomes second nature to them but when it comes to listening comprehension this is a more challenging aspect! As an elementary school teacher, I know that this is a skill that the students are lacking in and it is important to develop this skill! Audiobooks are a great way to improve listening comprehension!
Whether you like to read physical books, e-books, or audiobooks it is FINE! YOU ARE READING! ALL OF THESE FORMATS ARE REAL READING! There is no need to feel guilty about liking audiobooks because it is reading and never let anyone tell you that you cheated because you listened to a book instead of physically reading a book! You are reading no matter what methods you prefer! Personally, at the moment, I am listening to three audiobooks, reading one physical book, and one e-book! Do I feel guilty about it anymore? Nope!!! I feel so grateful that I am able to read through different formats and that these amazing tools are all available to me! If you’re a person that doesn’t prefer audiobooks because you can’t connect to them then that’s fine but never bash them and say that it isn’t real reading because based on countless studies it is real reading! #endrant