Sunday Salon

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Sunday!

Today I wanted to talk about audio books a little. All week I read different posts about Audio Book Week hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books. I've only listened to one audio book ever, so it didn't make sense for me to participate. After reading all those posts, though, I'm convinced I'm missing out on something huge, lol!! And to think of all the non-reading time I could use to "read" more books... well, that sounds good. The only audio book I've read is The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty. It took a little bit to get used to it. It was so strange to me to have someone reading the book to me. In fact, I don't even remember enjoying having people read to me when I was little.

I learned how to read when I was 3-years-old, and ever since then I've pretty much preferred to read to myself. I remember once, when I was about 7 or 8-years-old, two teenage friends of the family babysat my sister and me on New Year's Eve. They decided to read us a book that night -- and I specifically remember correcting them or helping them out on a couple of words they read incorrectly, lol. So it was completely unnatural to be read to. But once I got used to it, I really enjoyed the experience of listening to that audiobook. In fact, I found myself wanting to listen to it every second in the car. One time I had to drive a child on my case load (when I was a case worker) 3 hours away to a placement. Although I usually allowed the kids I drove to listen to (almost) anything they wanted, I eventually asked if he would mind if I listened some to my audio book. That's how bad I wanted to hear more, lol!!

That was back in early 2008, though, and I haven't listened to one since then. The reason is because the only time I could think of to listen to audio books was in my car, driving. But in July of 2008 I changed jobs and no longer had to drive all over Central Florida for my job. In fact, for this job I drive 2 miles to work and 2 miles back. Not worth it to try to listen to an audio book. Of course, now that I'm doing in-home therapy, I'm back to driving around all over the place and have been thinking about trying this out again. Plus I'm reading about people listening to audio books while they clean, work out, other things, etc. and it makes sense. The only thing is, for me, the main use would be when writing reports because I do that ALL DAY at work as well as during the evenings for my internship. If I can manage listening while writing reports, that would be great! I just don't know if I'll be able to concentrate and process both.... I'm actually listening to an audio book right now while I write this; I'm doing better than I thought I would but still having some difficulty paying attention to the book... The other issue is I don't have an auxiliary hook up to use my iPod in the car so I need cd's, but anywhere else I would prefer the iPod so I can be up and about. I guess I could figure out how to burn mp3's to cd (which I have done before) but it just sounds so complicated.

Today is the last Sunday in June which means we are just about halfway through the year! I decided to try to complete a personal mini-challenge during the next 6 months: I would like to finish, by the end of the year, all the books I got for Christmas last year, lol!! It only makes sense that I finish them in the year. That means I need to finish New York by Edward Rutherford. I've gotten through about 200 of 800 or so pages but set it aside a while ago because it's quite a feat to get through -- but good. I also need to read The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, Jane Eyre, and finish The Gift of Therapy. I think I can do it... I just need to make it a focus.

For those of you wondering, my box of BEA books never showed up!!! I'm trying not to think about it all too much because it is really upsetting... I have plenty (too many) books to read in the meantime, lol, but I hate the thought that those are lost. Hopefully, and I am still hopeful, the box will show up sometime and will just have taken a really long time... we'll see.

As for what I'm reading now, I'll finish The Truth About Delilah Blue today which is good since I'm scheduled for a blog tour tomorrow, lol. I'm also reading The Starlet in hopes of finishing and reviewing it soon!

Audio Book update: I managed listening while writing this, but I haven't paid quite as much attention as I wish I would have and I'm slightly confused about what's going on. =(


Marg said...

I often find it difficult to keep track of an audio book if I am doing something else that I really need to concentrate on, but I am okay with driving, and cleaning and painting and things like that.

Booksnyc said...

I can't believe your books didn't show up - that is terrible! Will keep my fingers crossed that they arrive soon!

I really like audiobooks but like you have limited when I listen to them up until now - mostly on car trips and on my walk to work. I have started listening while doing chores and must say it makes them go by more quickly!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'm such a visual person that listening to audio books doesn't sound like something I'd enjoy...but when you mention how you can listen while doing housework (as if!) or working out (another as if!), I can see how that might work. While writing a report...not so much.

I once listened to an audio book with my granddaughter (hers) while traveling to LA, which is three hours away. That helped her pass the time (she was seven then).

I may have to reconsider this...

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Amanda said...

I can't listen to audios while I'm cleaning and stuff, and I never really drive anywhere...

I'm so sorry about your box. That's just horrible and I hope it does still show up. I did have a situation recently with Paperback Swap where a book I sent in early March didn't arrive at its destination until the beginning of June. Something happened and it got lost but eventually found and sent to the right place. I really hope that something like that happens to you.

christina said...

I've only listened to two or three audio books. My favorite was Tana French's The Likeness. That played while on vacay last summer driving through out North Carolina.

I'm literally only a three or four minute drive from my house to work. It wouldn't make sense to start a book for that. I also don't do anything "hands-on" at home. I know a lot of people knit or crochet and listen to audio. And I guess the last option I would have would be to listen to the audio while workout out; but man, I need music. LOUD MUSIC. :)

Trisha said...

I wish I could do audiobooks, but I just don't have the lifestyle that makes them practical. The only time I could really get some listening in would be when I'm home, and if I'm home, I might as well read, which I find a more satisfying experience anyway.

I'm so sorry about the books!

softdrink said...

I only listen to audio books in the car, and lately and even stopped doing that. I don't have much luck with them at home...I get distracted.

jpalesh said...

I can't believe your books never showed up!!

There are a few books that are available on iTunes for free. Most of the ones I have seen so far are classics, but I haven't explored it too much. Although, you would need to copy them over to CD's like you said.

Jenny said...

Marg -- yeah me too, but it would be so awesome if I could figure out how to do both, lol! I would finish so many more books!

Colleen -- thanks! Hope they do... how long is your walk to work? Probably the one thing that I don't ADORE about NYC lol!

Laurel -- I had to LOL b/c you're right... I don't do those things either, lol! I really do need to try to chip in more around here... as for the gym... HA! That's not even anywhere close to my radar unforunately.

Amanda -- I'm really hoping it's just something like that and my package was just part of a rare fluke. =/

Christina -- I'm with you... the main hands on thing I do is typing on the computer! I'm glad to hear you liked The Likeness... I still need to read that series but have the first two on TBR...

Trisha -- haha, I know what you mean. I'm trying to figure out how to fit them in. But last night while I was listening I felt like I was completely ignoring Jason even though I was right next to him, lol.

Jill -- I hate when I get distracted and can't go back a page... pushing back on the cd player irritates me, lol!

Jessica -- iTunes is a good idea! Maybe I could listen to a completely separate book on my iPod, haha. I'll have like 10 books going at once!

Michelle said...

Like you, I find audiobooks difficult to listen to when you are required to pay attention to what you are doing while listening. I can listen at work but not when I am writing anything and often, not when I am trying to solve a problem. However, the more I listen to them, the more I find I can do more while listening. I think it is all about practice.

That absolutely stinks that your box o' books never arrived. Don't give up hope, though. You never know when they will show up!

Jenny said...

Michelle -- I agree, it's probaby about practice. Already, even just today, it's getting a little easier! I have faith that one day I'll be able to write reports at work and "read" all at the same time all day long, LOL!!

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

OMG, Jenny ... I would be heartbroken about the missing box of books! I'm so sorry. Fingers crossed that they show up at some point.

Zibilee said...

I hardly ever listen to audiobooks because I have a wandering attention span when I do. My mom loves them though and listens to a few a week while traveling. I wish I could be more like her!! I am also sorry to hear that your books haven't shown up yet. I can imagine that I would be spitting mad if that had happened to me. Hopefully they come soon!!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I have never gotten into Audio Books. The few I've tried to listen to I've had to restart over and over. I keep leaving the room or forgetting to listen. yada yada. Not for me I guess, though I admire those that use them.

Good luck with your mini challenge!

I really want to send you a care package of books to replace those you lost:)

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