@yakkoTDI I’m writing a picture book for adults, so that really is a good portion of my reading right now. I must say, based on people’s behavior the last year, I think we all could stand to revisit some of the classics. At least The Monster at the End of This Book, as a reminder that, the more insanely paranoid and neurotically terrified we are, the more like it is that we are the real monster. Also, Grover was the best part of Sesame Street.
I’m just going to add that “picture book for adults” is different from “adult picture book”
The only way I can listen to an audiobook is if I’m road tripping or say driving cross country. I can’t start/stop a billion times. It’s to hard for me to immerse myself in it. I’ve tried it while walking for hours periods I found it more distracting than joyful. I need to actually read a book and I used to be able to read for majority of the day but since my neck surgery I start to hurt after holding a book after an hour or so. So lifetime movies until I get something figured out.
Have a small surgery on aug 3rd that’s supposed to help the pain a lot. So I bought a couple of books in hopes of reading them.
I was driving a lot in the early 90’s, and got started on them then.
It was all pretty much cassettes then, which were a huge pain (fumbling with the cassette changes, the tape could stretch or jam) but was worth it.
Even tho most audiobooks seemed to be abridged then, which I dislike…
(I avoid abridged versions unless it’s a junk “how-to nonfiction” type book, and I wanna avoid all the padding and filler content in the longer version).
I could really only listen in the car then; but over time, I got a walkman. I had to learn to listen that way. Train my mind to deal with long stretches of audio input complete with interruptions, etc.
And over time I got way better at listening and dealing with interruptions. It’s a learned skill, it seems, and the more one does it, the better one gets at it, and the more seamless and enjoyable the experience over time.
And now, with smartphone players, the technology is just so much better.
So, if you have a physical limitation that prevents you from long stretches of reading that you love, don’t give up on audiobooks: Just increase your listening a little at a time.
Over a few years of picking the books you enjoy most and listening in settings that used to not work well for you, you may discover that the entire experience improves so much that it’s hard to remember the barriers you used to encounter.
And it may become easy and wonderful for you to listen for long stretches, and to deal with the interruptions so easily that they don’t bother you at all.
Hope this is useful. Sorry to hear that the injury messes with your reading.