5 Tasks You Can Pair With An Audio Book


Among some readers, there is debate as to whether or not listening to an audio book “counts” as reading. In his memoir, On Writing, Stephen King discusses how reading is a crucial part of being a writer. He reads 70-80 books per year, and gives examples of how he squeezes in reading time, one of which is listening to audio books in the car. If it’s good enough for Mr. King, it’s good enough for me!


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There’s no denying that listening to an audio book is a different experience than physically reading it. Listening to audio books is an acquired skill. I had to get through several before I felt I understood them completely and genuinely enjoyed the experience.
Over time, audio books have become a huge part of my life and my daily routine. I wouldn’t get through nearly as many books if I didn’t listen to a large number of them.

Here are ways to fit more reading time into your days by listening to your books.

5 Tasks You Can Pair With An Audio Book

1. Driving. This one is a no-brainer. If you can listen to the radio, you can listen to an audio book. It may take some getting used to, but you will come to treasure your driving time, I promise!
2. Exercise. I walk my dogs 1-3 miles every day, which gives me a chance to listen to a few chapters. If the weather is lousy, I hop on the treadmill or elliptical. I have friends who can listen to
a book while running, but that’s one of the few times a book doesn’t do the trick for me. That’s when I call upon terrible pop music to get me through!


3. Housework and yard work. My husband volunteers for chores because it gives him a chance to listen to his books! Mowing the lawn, cleaning the kitchen, and vacuuming are his favorite times to multi-task. For me, folding laundry, scrubbing the bathroom, and scooping dog poop are mundane tasks that pair well with something interesting to listen to.
4. Taking a bath.  I no longer worry about dropping a beloved paperback (or Kindle) into my bath water. I set my phone safely away from the tub and can listen while fully submerged!

5. Working. This one’s subjective, as I know not everyone has a job that will allow it. If I’m doing data entry or other tasks that don’t require much thinking, I can listen to a book. If it’s creative work, I definitely can’t have a book on.

For the most part, if I’m alone (at home, in the car, out walking) I’m listening to a book. Sometimes I can get several hours of listening in a day by multi-tasking during my chores.

So what about you, do you “count” as reading? Do you listen to them at all? If so, what are your favorite ways to squeeze listening into your days?


  1. Leslie

    May 8, 2017 at 9:12 am

    We started listening to audiobooks in the car as a family. Especially headed on camp trips or longer road trips. It’s a little challenging finding something suitable for everyone, but we’ve enjoyed several series this way.

  2. Doree Weller

    May 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I’m actually making it a goal to read more audiobooks. I’m still finding times that pair well with them.

  3. Ramona Mead

    May 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    It’s a lot of trial and error, for sure. Let me know if you need recommendations!

  4. Ramona Mead

    May 9, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    That’s a great idea to do as a family. Reg and I always pick an audio book for road trips. I’ve recently started listening to some of my favorite books from my childhood and am finding them more enjoyable that I expected!

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