I love reading books and unfortunately I don't have time to read as much as I would like. Fortunately I discovered audiobooks Junior High and fell in love with them in College. A few years ago I decided to make some big changes in my life to address some dissatisfaction. This led to me choosing to broaden how I entertain myself. I watch a lot less TV now and don't listen to talk radio unless it is news (mostly form NPR [related note: a recent study found NPR listeners followed closely by Daily Show/Colbert Report listeners were most informed about world news]). Along with those changes I try to avoid re-watching movies or TV shows and to vary the type of reading that I do. With that I chose to stop listening to as much fiction and listen to at least an equal amount of nonfiction [split between science & math and history & philosophy as much as possible]. Currently I am trying to hold to the cycle of:
Children/Young Adult Fiction
Nonfiction (general or biographical)
Though I may not follow that order and there are plenty of times when I cheat. So far it has been a great adventure. In future posts I hope to talk about what I've been reading. This Labor Day weekend I finished a philosophy book, listened to a classic/science fiction book, and expect to complete a science book before beginning a new one [probably YA fiction]. Normally I don't get to listen to quite that much, but the upstairs needed repainted and one book was really short. By the way, I refer to listening to audiobooks alternately as reading and listening- to me there is no difference other than convenience and pace.