Monday Musings

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

This week I’d like to ask your advice on audiobooks, a medium with which I have very little experience. I’m thinking about getting into audiobooks because I now have a long enough commute that I think it would be nice to have a book to listen to. Of course I’d appreciate any recommendations for audiobooks, but my biggest concern with starting an audiobook is how to combine that with reading a physical book. I’m the sort of person who usually only reads one book at a time and doesn’t like multitasking. However, I read faster than an audiobook narrator, so I’d find it very frustrating to only be listening to an audiobook. I’m curious what other people who listen to audiobooks do, so I’ll turn it over to you guys.

If you usually only read one book at a time, are you happy to have an audiobook and a physical book going at the same time? Any advice for happily doing both?


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8 responses to “Monday Musings

  1. You ask good questions….I don’t do audio books for that very reason. It’s too slow! And I don’t commute anymore.

    Sheila, at Book Journey listens to a lot of audio…and reads. She’s at

    Or her blog is

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. I’ve been curious about audiobooks too recently. I do a lot of running and was wondering whether a book would help me get through the longer ones. I wonder whether the fact that one is listened to and the other physically read may make it easy to have two on the go? Maybe?

  3. Oh this is fun. Darn it, why do I have to have a scheduled post on Monday’s?

    I like audiobooks but I use them for fluffy style books, or those that won’t be hard to follow along with. I’m listening to The Help right now and I love it! Some of the actors in the films do the audiobook and they have accents and everything. I listened to the Lovely Bones on audiobook, I don’t recommend that one.

    I can’t multitask either, so I’ve reserved audiobooks for exercise time (cause I’m moving) or when I’m typing at work. Some people listen to them on their way to work so that’s an option. I’d say give it a try, cause it really doesn’t interfere with any physical books you’d read.

    • It’s my favorite meme that I’ve found so far 🙂 But you could also do the Sunday Salon meme, which is another one that people often use to discuss bookish questions and controversies. I think looking for fluffy books is good suggestion, since I imagine that something complicated could be harder to follow as an audiobook.

  4. Daystarz Books

    Jessica at Quirky Bookworm also listens to a lot of audio. Her blog is

    Here’s my MM:

    • I actually follow Jessica’s blog as well, but I guess I haven’t paid enough attention to the format of the books she reads since I wasn’t interested in audiobooks before. Thanks for the tip!

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