Late last year, I made a resolution to read more. However, books would get dusty on my shelf because I would never find the time. So I decided to try out Audible, and I LOVED it. In fact, I used Audible to read this month’s book club pick: Big Little Lies & the performance was fantastic. More on how Audible changed the way I consumed information in a future article.
For the longest time, I read self-help non-fiction books on Audible because I wanted to read content that would improve my life and teach me something.
From Tipping Point to Big Magic– I read it all. At first it was great! I was learning things and seeing the world through the eyes of prominent writers. The books encouraged me to spur into action. However, after a while, I started feeling a bit burnt out. The advice started getting repetitive and it wasn’t having an effect on my actions. I began questioning the conflicting advice of different authors. I made a change: I decided to sprinkle some fiction into my non-fiction.
In my adulthood, I thought fiction was childish and the stuff of kids who never grew up. So I abandoned those juicy sci-fi and fantasy novels in my childhood.
Recently I picked up my first fiction book since Harry Potter, and HOLY smokes was it good. The Martian (which is now a movie) took me into space where an intelligent, clever scientist had to survive the desolate planet of Mars. I was at the edge of my seat and couldn’t stop reading. I actually lost sleep listening to this book, and it was kind of refreshing. It’s being a LONG time since I lost sleep because of a REALLY good book.
Fiction gets a bad rap for not “teaching” you anything. After reading quite a few fiction books this year, it’s quite the contrary. A good plot paired with complex characters can teach you a lot about human nature. A unique plot gets your brain to break away from every day life and think about complex situations. Also, people have different life experiences which means they identify differently with characters and plots.
I’m used to a bit of a nerd when it comes to Sci Fi/ Fantasy novels. Here’s what I’ve been reading on Audible.
- Throne of Glass Series: I love a book with a sassy female lead. If you choose to read this, be prepared to buy multiple books because it is addicting.
- Red Queen series: The characters in this book are realistic, and it’s so refreshing. I need to stop getting involved in sci-fi series because they are SO addicting!!
- Hunger Games – confession: I actually watched the movie before the book. The book is SO good.
- Divergent: Never watched the movie, but the book was deccent.
What are you guys reading & do you feel the same way about fiction? I’m now obsessed with fiction, especially listening to it. It feels SO much more productive than watching TV. A good narrator also makes a big difference when you’re using Audible.
Thank you Audible for partnering with me on this post. Audible is a great way to read books – especially for the busy gal aka the Violet Fog girl. I have long commutes & Audible makes them MUCH more bearable. It’s even great for nights of cooking, working out, and lazing around. I listen so often that sometimes I even do the 3 credit deal splurge ;-). Any ways, if you haven’t tried Audible yet, you definitely should. The first 30 days of your trial is free, which includes 1 audiobook. Let me know what you’re reading- I’m always looking for my next book!