Call Me Old-Fashioned, But Audiobooks Are Extremely Overrated And Here Are 12 Reasons Why
Start writing a post
Community

Call Me Old-Fashioned, But Audiobooks Are Extremely Overrated And Here Are 12 Reasons Why

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." – C.S. Lewis

37
Call Me Old-Fashioned, But Audiobooks Are Extremely Overrated And Here Are 12 Reasons Why

The day I realized that actually sitting down and reading a book either not on a tablet or having it read to you was the day I was returning from a spring break trip to New York City. As my friend and I were getting our bags checked in because they were too big to fit on the plane as a carry-on we simply mentioned to the gate attendant that it was due to the books we had bought throughout the duration of our stay. She was clearly shocked that two college aged girls actually cared about reading which mind boggled me. Growing up I loved reading, and despite the fact that during my collegiate career I have had significantly less time to read the love of books never once left me. This entire interaction got me thinking about why my generation has collectively turned to more "convenient" ways of reading and it frustrated me. Don't' get me wrong, I have nothing against people listening to books or using tablets to read, but I personally enjoy having a good book in my hands. There are a number of reasons I feel that way, but here are just 12 of those.

Nothing beats the smell of a used book

Pixabay

I know this sounds weird, but I promise you if you've ever walked into a used bookstore before you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. I can't fully explain exactly what it smells like, but I'll put it this way, if they made a candle out of that scent it would most definitely have a place in my home.

You're pulling yourself away from the screen and distractions for a little bit

As a college student I find myself spending countless hours looking at my phone or laptop screen on a daily basis. Being able to delve into a good book and pull away from all of those responsibilities and expectations for the smallest amount of time is essential and is so restorative for the soul.

If you fall asleep while reading a book you don't lose your place

Image: Why Do People Fall Asleep While Reading? | Reference.com

images.app.goo.gl

With an audiobook, if you fall asleep it doesn't stop reading and you will most definitely not be able to remember the last part that you actually heard. At least with a paperback book you only lose your spot if it falls on the ground after you fall asleep, and even then, you have a greater chance of remembering where you left off.

You can't notes in an audiobook

Image: Notetaking: My endless intellectual crisis – Visions of Empire

images.app.goo.gl

I love underlining things in books that stand out to me in books, especially when I am reading books on Christian topics. That's just not something you can do if you are listening to it on tape.

Personal libraries are an aesthetic 

live.staticflickr.com

When I moved into my apartment, the one thing I requested is that we have a bookshelf. I love the look of a nice collection of books in someone's house. I can't really say if it's because you can learn a lot about someone based off of their literary choices or the love of books I have, but seeing a bookshelf in someone's house makes me smile. It also adds a character to their home and you and it can be a statement piece.

A paperback doesn't have a battery life or need a cell signal, so you can read it whenever or wherever you want

Image: Father And Son Reading Books While Lying Together Stock Image ...

images.app.goo.gl

I love getting lost in a good book just as I love getting lost in nature, why not combine the two things? Also, your phone and/or tablet will eventually die books never do.

There's a history and story behind used books that you just don't get with an audiobook

All of the used books I own were once owned by someone else. I may not know the stories behind it, but just knowing that someone once had this book and found themselves getting lost in it just as I do brings me joy. It's like you're connecting to a stranger through your mutual love of reading.

Going to a coffee shop to read a book makes sense...sitting there listening to an audiobook not so much

live.staticflickr.com

All I'm going to say is have you ever seen someone spend hours on hours sitting in a coffee shop with just their headphones in listening to a book without anything else? I personally haven't but I have seen time and time again someone with a book reading with a cup half-filled beside them.

In a power outage, you can still read a book by candle light

Image: Old book candlelight candle night open bible reading document ...

images.app.goo.gl

Candlelight and a good book? That is my happy place. Once this summer one of my roommates and I just sat in the dark with a candle burning because it was so peaceful. I don't know what it is, but it just further tears you away from the monotony of a computer screen and phone all the time.

A lot of times, you can find used books that cost significantly less than the audio version of the book

live.staticflickr.com

If I look at the bookshelf, I have in my apartment I can show you a multitude of books I've paid less than three dollars on. Unless you have a Kindle and Amazon prime, you'll spend nearly the same amount on an audiobook that you will the book itself. Go the cheaper route and check out a used bookstore!

It's called reading, not listening...it's literally in the name of the activity

I think this one speaks for itself...not trying to hate, but I just don't think you can get as much out of a book if someone else is reading it to you. But maybe that's just me who can't focus to save my life if I am not reading along.

Nothing beats the feeling of a good book in your hands

Bible Read Book Literature Hands Open Book

www.maxpixel.net

It sounds stupid, but I love how it feels to have a book in my hands. Maybe that makes me a nerd, but I truly don't care.

Books are incredible, they're a cheap way of traveling the world. We need to stop investing so much time on our laptops and cell phones and get back to the basics of reading a good book for pleasure.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

Where To Find The Best Coffee Drinks In America, According To A Survey

Here's the coffee shop where you should get your morning brew.

229368

Coffee, for billions of people, is one of the only things that can get us out of bed (after hitting snooze a time or two), especially in 2020. Because, if we're being honest, is there anything that beats a quality cup of coffee on those mornings when all we wanted to do is roll over and go back to sleep? The answer is no. And if you're headed to a coffee shop to pick up your caffeinated beverage, you don't want to sleep on the best coffee drinks in America.

According to LiveShopper Sassie's Coffee Project survey, when it comes to chain coffee shops, there are definitely preferred spots you'll want to hit up for your go-to order — whether you order the classic, frozen, or flavored coffee, an espresso, tea, or other. To figure out the hot spots, 1,000 coffee drinkers across the United States took to LiveShopper's mobile app, PrestoShopper, to answer various questions about their coffee drinking habits and preferences. In return, these survey respondents got money back for their coffee — something any user who downloads the app can do as well (yes, even you).

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

The Best Bagel Recipes For Every Personality Type, In Case You Need Another Excuse To Eat Carbs

I'll approve of pasta for breakfast any day, but this is more socially acceptable.

4839
NBC

I've had times in my life at which I've told myself I need to cut out carbs. Those moments last about a minute or two before I start daydreaming about rice and pasta.

Bagels hold a special place in my heart — for many of my college friends and me, a bagel sandwich was the go-to breakfast after a long night of drinking. Years later, I still love to indulge in the occasional carb-filled breakfast. As much as I love putting in an UberEats order from bed, nothing beats the feeling of pulling some fresh-baked bread or pastries out of the oven.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Survey: Which Issues Are The Most Important To You In The 2020 Election

If you're a first-time voter or voting by mail for the first time, we want to hear your story.

81654

The general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, will decide not only the next president of the United States but also which political party controls the House of Representatives and the Senate. Young and first-time voters will play a crucial part in determining the result.

Keep Reading... Show less
Tips

Articles To Write If You're All About Saving More Money, And Waking Up A Little Bit Earlier

Get your day started right — and keep that budget tight.

217612

For all the young professionals, parents, and students out there who've been working, learning, or even teaching remote — 2020 has likely been the longest year of your life. If you didn't know (sorry), we've been locked down for over 200 days now, and chances are, you are ready for it to be OVER.

Keep Reading... Show less

Scrolling through Instagram can get stale after a while, especially if you're constantly refreshing in the hopes of finding something new and exciting. Should you be looking to add some inspiration to your timeline in the form of self-love tips, relationship advice, or love secrets, here are 11 relationship coaches you'll LOVE following.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

How Much Of A Coffee Snob You Are, Based On Where You Live

Your state may determine how picky you are about your coffee.

130797

When it comes to coffee, everyone has different criteria for what goes into their "perfect cup." Some caffeine lovers, though, are extra particular when it comes to their beloved beverage. One survey found that the state you're from (or the one you live in now) may play a part in determining how much of a coffee snob you actually are.

LiveShopper Sassie, the company behind this Coffee Project survey, received input from 1,000 coffee drinkers via their mobile app, PrestoShopper, to ask various questions about their coffee drinking habits and preferences. In return, these survey respondents got money back for their coffee — something any user who downloads the app can do as well (yes, even you).

Keep Reading... Show less

If you are a college freshman, or new to college, this is for you. If you are in a new time in life where you don't know where this change is going to take you, where you might not have your community yet, this is for you. Or even if you are stuck in a rut of everyday life where the new normal is quarantine and isolation, this is also for you.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

As Illinois Reaches Its Highest Death Toll Since June, I Urge You To Stay Home And Wear Your Mask

69 COVID-19 deaths were recorded in a twenty-four-hour period, the highest amount since June of this year.

443
Photo by Noah on Unsplash

As we are approaching colder weather, we are also approaching a spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the state of Illinois. On October 21, 2020, Illinois recorded its largest daily COVID-19 death toll since June of this year. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 69 deaths of people who contracted COVID-19 were recorded within a twenty-four-hour period, raising the state's death toll to 9,345 since the start of the pandemic.

Keep Reading... Show less

When "Mean Girls" said "In girl world, Halloween is the one time of the year where you can dress up like a total slut and no one can do or say anything about it," they were damn right. Halloween is the perfect excuse to buy that raunchy costume and show your partner that you're that B. Coming from a very single (yes, very single) 20 something-year-old, I have already got my Halloween costume on lock, and now you will too.

Not only are these 10 Halloween costumes dangerously sexy, but you can wear them in the bedroom whenever you want to give your boo a surprise, yes, year-round. Whoever said you can only dress up on Halloween is seriously disturbed.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ariana Grande released her first single called "positions" since "boyfriend" with Social House and it is a BANGER. This song is absolutely incredible and I am SURE you will agree with me once you listen.

I'm a sucker for a single with a video and that's exactly what we got. Ariana's been pretty quiet during the pandemic, and we all assumed she was working on some new music, and we were right.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Rejection Of Black Lives Matter Mural By Phoenix City Council Doesn’t Stop Gizette Knight

The Phoenix City Council rejected a proposal for a Black Lives Matter Mural in downtown Phoenix. But Gizette Knight says this is not the end.

380
Photo by Josh Olalde on Unsplash

Community organizer Gizette Knight, CEO of Reality Dreams LLC, is not giving up on the Phoenix City Council's rejection of the Black Lives Matter mural.

Keep Reading... Show less

For me, chai isn't just what I drink — it's a core part of who I am. Sure, I'll switch it up every now and then with a cup of English Breakfast, Earl Grey, rose, or Darjeeling, but I always come back to chai.

Nearly every tea lover has one tea they repeatedly drink and go back to, whether it's a daily morning ritual or an afternoon pick-me-up. One of my good friends has almost eight cups of jasmine tea every single day — she drinks more tea than water, actually.

Keep Reading... Show less

In a world where physical contact is a liability, the ease of slipping into despair and isolation has never been so tempting. Perhaps the greatest kindness we can lend to one another is reaching out to the people that meant something to us before everything changed. Here's why you should message your friend today.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments