Reading done differently

An image of a blue book and white headphones, to indicate reading a book by listening to it.

Back when my mom got ill, I was reading the second book of The Story of O. My appetite for reading instantly disappeared, let alone for erotic reading. I never picked up a book after that, and still haven’t. But, I have started reading again, though I am doing it a bit different.

Is listening reading too?

Roughly a year ago, we were in Camden for a weekend, which was the very weekend our country went into lockdown for the first time. During that weekend I spoke about the difficulty I had to fall asleep, and was given the advice to listen to music or audio books when I go to bed. I was intrigued, and since I had listened to audio books before (in the car on my way to and back from work), I decided to try books again.

Now I know there are people who think listening to a book is not the same as reading, and strictly taken, it’s not. However, you are still ‘reading’ the book, still following the characters and the plot. To me when you listen to a book, it’s the same as when you would have hold it in your hand and read it. And if you have a good narrator, a book can really come to life while you listen to it.

The last book

The last book I finished was called The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes. I have never heard of this writer before, but the book was recommended while I was listening to another, and I found the title intriguing. This is the blurb on Goodreads:

When Ella wakes up in a hospital following a hit-and-run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon…

But Ella has never been married.

In fact, she has lived alone her whole adult life; working hard, rarely socialising, quietly harbouring a terrible secret from her past.

Fear sweeps through Ella when she instantly recognises the man who enters the ward. He is not her husband, but she knows that she must do as he says and play the part of dutiful wife.

What choice does she have? He was there the night of the fire, he knows her secret too…

Not once throughout this psychological thriller had I expected the twist at the end. I sincerely enjoyed this book, and where I would love to tell you more, I won’t share any spoilers here. Just go read (or listen to) it.

Currently reading… listening

Because of the previous book being a psychological thriller, I was recommended more of the same, and decided to listen to The Sister in Law by Sue Watson. I currently listening to chapter 8, but wish I could just listen the whole thing in one go. This is what Goodreads stay about the book:

THE WIFE: Clare is ready for a break. It’s been a tough year and now she wants to put her feet up. Arriving at the Italian villa for their summer holiday, she decides it’s high time her husband and his family did some of the work. After all, her husband owes her…

THE HUSBAND: Even though Dan had his head turned by someone else, he’s realised the error of his ways. He’s here now, and he says it’s for keeps. Clare can trust him, can’t she? At least he’ll have his brother there, to keep him in line…

THE BROTHER: Jamie is the prodigal child, back in the family fold again, after years of travelling abroad. But when he gets to the villa, he’s not alone. He’s brought a wife, someone none of them have met before.

THE SISTER-IN-LAW: Ella is everything Clare isn’t. Glamorous. Young. Influential. But she knows a secret about Clare. Something that has the power to break the whole family apart.

And there’s someone who will do whatever it takes to make sure that this deep secret never comes to the surface.

This really is a psychological thriller,and I can’t wait to see how this story will unfold.

Keeping track of books

One thing I wish I had done from the beginning is keeping track of the books I have listened to. This must be about the tenth book I have listened to since I started roughly a year ago, and I have listened to some really good ones. A couple of them were books about a FBI agent, and the male narrator had such a pleasant voice to listen to, and a brilliant way of reading. The books really came to life, the same as the two books above, both read by women.

I listen to books on YouTube, and where I can find some of them back in my history there, I mostly remove a book from history once I am done. Stupid, I know, otherwise I could’ve made that list. I guess this just means I will have to start with the list now, and maybe I will come across the titles of those other books too!

© Rebel’s Notes
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12 thoughts on “Reading done differently

  1. I love audio books, and I DO absolutely see and count them as reading. They have been the gateway drug for lots of my students who struggle with reading. I just started The Sanatorium. And like Feve, I keep track on Goodreads. I love a good thriller…though I read many genres and like to mix it up.

    1. I need to start using Goodreads then – have already seen I can download it on my phone too 🙂

  2. I keep track of my books on Goodreads. Maybe that would be helpful for you?

    I’m not well versed in “psychological thrillers” as I prefer action/adventure and mystery, but someone who combines all of those elements (with romance thrown in) is Jayne Ann Krentz.

    I realize you’re not asking for recommendations — I’m just putting her name out there because I think she’s an author you might like. 🙂

    1. Oh I am really happy with your recommendation, and will surely look into Jayne Ann Krentz! Thank you 🙂
      And will definitely start using Goodreads. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Wow Marie, you’ve pulled me in with both those books, I intend to read/listen to both of them … because yeah I have begun to enjoy audio books too! To me it’s an extra chance to read, taking in a book while I’m walking the dog or gardening. I think you were one of the people that turned me onto audio books.

    But I had to laugh at what you said at the end – c’mon Marie, we all KNOW you’re going to make a book spreadsheet not a list!

    1. Whahaha yes, knowing me, I might turn to using a spreadsheet! But Feve and Brigit recommended Goodreads, so I might first try that, as I can then do it on my phone, and also use my phone to listen to books. So good to hear you’re enjoying audio books too! If we start going to the office again regularly, I will also listen to my book during the drive 🙂

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