Welcome to hour 5!
You’re almost a quarter of the way through! I hope everyone is enjoying the readathon so far and getting through some great reads!
My name is Michelle and I’ll be your host for the next two hours, here and over on the Twitter feed. I blog at Fitkittymama Reads and can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @Fitkittymama. My first Dewey’s readathon was in April 2018 and haven’t missed an event since then, but this is my first time volunteering. I am super excited to take on this new role in the readathon. The Reverse Readathon is my favorite event every year. I mean, I’m a night owl who lives on the west coast of the US, so starting at
5pm works much better for me than starting at 5am.
So I wanted to tell you all why I love audio books when it comes to participating in the readathon.
I started listening to audio books about 4 years ago, so they have played a part in all of my Dewey’s adventures. Initially I saved them for those wee hours when my eyes were tired
but I wanted to keep reading. And that was good. It allowed me to continue reading, but also allowed my eyes some time to rest and not strain to read the words. I’ve refined this strategy a bit through the years, but audio books are an integral part of my readathons now.
So here are 5 reasons why audio books are a great addition to your readathon TBR
Help alleviate eye strain
When you’re reading for hours on end, your eyes are going to get tired. Breaking up your reading with audio books every couple of hours can help to alleviate some of that eye strain and give your eyes a break.
Allow you to keep reading while getting other things done
I don’t know about you, but I can’t devote 24 solid hours to reading. There are things that I need to do around the house from picking up to food prep to self care. By listening to an audio book while I’m doing those things, I’m productive and completing more books.
Allow you to keep reading if you need to leave the house
And like needing to get things done around the house, sometimes I need to run an errand or take a walk during the readathon. Instead of chalking that time up to lost reading, I just listen to an audio book in the car while driving, and then pop in the ear buds and listen while I shop or walk as well.
Provides a change of pace
Now it might just be me, but I need to break things up throughout the day to keep myself interested and motivated. The best way I have found to do this during a readathon is by changing up my format between physical, digital, and audio books. Each reading experience is slightly different and allows me that needed break.
Can’t get stained or damaged by food or drink
I know many readers hate to eat or drink while they’re reading because of the risk of getting something on the pages of their books. Listening to an audio book during meal and snack times keeps you reading, and keeps your physical books and digital readers clean.
I hope you enjoyed this little break! Think about adding an audio book to your next readathon if you haven’t already! Let me know some of your favorite audio books over on the Twitter feed.
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