Reading is like potatoes, a short essay


I saw a TikTok recently of a person arguing that listening to audiobooks counts as reading. While I didn’t think much of it (since I agreed), something was nagging me at the back of my mind. I can only imagine that they made that TikTok because there are people in the book community who don’t consider audiobooks as a form of reading. Suddenly, while I was in the shower (where all the good ideas/thinking take place), I had a thought: reading is like potatoes, and here’s why.

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Why Audiobooks Are So Great | The Awkward Book Blogger

When I was younger, I used to be a physical book purist. I would only read physical copies of books. Granted, at the time e-books weren’t really a thing. With advancing technologies, books are started to move towards technology, from e-books, e-readers, and audiobooks.

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I used to think that audiobooks were for those who weren’t serious about reading (how can you get the full experience without turning the pages of a physical copy and having the satisfaction of closing the book once you’re done?), but I’ve come to really appreciate them over the years. Nowadays, although I still prefer reading, I listen to a good number of audiobooks every year.

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