Last year, I met my goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks and then some. I owe it all to audiobooks, mainly, but also Libby, friends with great book suggestions, Roxane Gay’s audacious book club, and learning that New York State residents can apply for a New York Public Library card.

Listening to a book while doing anything else is like a delightful cheat. I listen to books while:

  • Running errands
  • Making dinner
  • Picking up around the house
  • Brushing my teeth
  • Completing lengthy skincare regiments
  • Rolling around on the foam roller
  • Walking, jogging and bike riding
  • Waiting in line for my PCR test
  • Shaving my legs in the sink
  • Crocheting
  • Emptying the dishwasher
  • Working on jig saw puzzles
  • Pulling weeds in the garden
  • Coloring
  • Playing Threes on my phone
  • Pruning my Libby holds and tags

More than that, I learned that listening to a book is a better medium for me than reading a physical book. Audiobooks hold my focus and help me maintain a cadence. It’s been so rewarding to discover and become more curious about my learning style.

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