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Discussion: My Favorite Format To Read Books In

Hello bookworms!!

I’m not really sure this could be considered a discussion post but I wanted to share with you my favorite way (format) to read books. I’m also aware that people have done similar posts like this already but I still wanted to share my opinion. You can read a physical book, an ebook or you can listen to the audiobook. Those are the 3 formats that I will be talking about today.

When I read a physical book or an ebook I have to have complete silence or I will put my headphones in and listen to ocean sounds to block out all of the distractions because I am easily distracted. For audiobooks I usually color while listening to the audiobook. I have an app on my tablet called Happy Color which I am addicted to. This is fun but sometimes I get so focused on what I am coloring that I just kind of zone out and don’t really catch what is being read to me.

So this leads me to my favorite way to read books. I really love listening to the audiobook while following along in the physical book. I tried this for the first time last year and it has stuck. If the audiobook is available on Scribd and I have a physical copy of it you better believe that’s how I’m going to be reading my book.

I enjoy reading this way for a few reasons. One I get through the books faster than if I was just reading it because I am a slow reader. I listen to the audiobook at 2x speed and yes before anyone asks I am able to understand perfectly what is being read to me. I know some people despise the chipmunk speed which is perfectly fine and I totally understand. I say you do you and I will do me there’s no judgment here.

Second is because if I am following along in the book instead of coloring I don’t zone out and miss anything. 100% of my focus is on the book. And lastly I have found that especially when I am reading Stephen King books this way I tend to retain more of what I am reading.


Just a short little post for y’all today that I just really wanted to share for some reason. What is your favorite way (format) to read books? 

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16 thoughts on “Discussion: My Favorite Format To Read Books In

    1. I haven’t listened to an audiobook while driving only because where I live I don’t have enough connection to be able to download the book and if I listen to it without wifi it uses my data and I don’t want to do that.

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  1. I agree with Ashley about physical and ebooks being my favorite – I can read in the middle of crowds (airports, ballgames, parties) and it doesn’t bother me a bit. I’ve been listening to more audio books over the past couple of years. I also have Alexa read to me from my Kindle when I’m putting on makeup/drying hair – I keep her on the vanity in the bathroom.

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  2. That’s so funny. I was just recently thinking of trying the audiobook with a physical book. I don’t struggle as much with you with the focusing, though. I want to do it with books that have words or names that are foreign to me so I can hear them and see how they’re spelled at the same time.

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  3. I’ve never tried to listen to the book and read the physical book at the same time, I might have to give it a go at some point to see how it is.
    I used to be able to tune out audio and all distractions and read pretty much anywhere–now I need to put in my headphones and listen to instrumental music because my attention wanders these days. I don’t know if it’s the changing times due to technology or that I’m getting older LOL.

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  4. Great post, Misty! I’ve only listened to audio and read along with one book before, but it was a fantastic experience! I love how immersed in the story I can be, and find that I”m able to retain all the information as well. I also listen to audiobooks at chipmunk speeds, but I love it. Haha!

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    1. Thank you so much. I normally don’t do discussion posts because I’m not good with words but I had the urge to do this for some reason so I did. Same I don’t know what it is but I get sucked in more that way and I retain so much more of the information. I feel like this is especially true with Stephen King books for me. I love it too. My husband heard how I was listening to one of my books and he’s like how do you even know what it’s saying. I was like I just do. I know it doesn’t work for some people but I’m glad it does for me because I can get through the books faster that way.

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