When it’s time to start the next book on your TBR list, are you more of a paperback, ebook, or audio book lover? Do you mix and match depending on the occasion, or have you found yourself drawn to one format no matter what's on the agenda?
Personally, I’ve always been a fan of a physical book. There's something about having a tangible weight in my hands—the sound of pages being turned, to keep me grounded as I head into a new adventure. Recently, however, I found this amazing app called Libby. It basically acts as a digital library and you can use your local library card to check out books in several different formats. For someone like me who is constantly buying new books and perhaps not getting to them as quickly as I’d like to, Libby is a great chance to be able to check books out at my leisure and be able to enjoy them without making a commitment to purchasing them. I do love having the copies on my book shelves of titles that I definitely cannot live without, but for reading the books and deciding if I really like them, Libby is great because I can get them digitally straight to my tablet where I can actually read (or listen to) them and decide. It's definitely curbed my, ahem, *spending problem.*
This weekend I spent my time cleaning out the basement and took my tablet downstairs with me to be able to listen to V.E. Schwab’s, "A Darker Shade of Magic." This book has been on my TBR list for quite some time, so you can imagine how excited I was to see it on the new books tab in Libby. With no holds, I should mention!
The narrator, Steven Crossley, does an absolutely fantastic job with breathing a personality into every character without overacting the voices. His intonations and wonderful accents make it feel as if Kell and Lila and Rhy and the other assorted characters of ADSoM are with me, acting out each scene. It’s a delight to be able to listen to while working or cleaning or processing photos.
There are definitely some books that I'll probably always need to cradle in my hands, let my eyes roam over and become lost in. However, with the right words and right narrator, I can absolutely see why audio books have taken off as they have. I've always been a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to spending money on apps, hence me still not actually having an audible account. Whoops. However, Libby is 100% free! All you need is a library card and you're off on your next great adventure.
I'm always looking for new, exciting ways to really dive into a book and allow myself a while to be immersed in a different world. Whether that's the good ol' ink and paper, grabbing a Kindle or iPad, or even closing my eyes entirely and letting an unfamiliar voice wash over me, there are so many fabulous ways to read. (Listen? Read and listen?)
What are your favorite ways to read? Let me know in the comments below!