Audio Books for Jogging

Just realized that I haven’t made a blog post since March. I’ve started a few, but current events seem to go by so fast these days that they’re obsolete by the time I finish them.

I’ve been fairly busy, though I haven’t been doing a lot of writing lately. Since I’ve started doing more for my fitness, it’s just been so difficult to keep my butt in the chair long enough to write more than a few words at a time. I’ve been on a sort of sports kick lately (never thought I’d ever write a sentence like that!). I’ve been doing a lot of jogging, lifting weights, and lately ice skating — which burns so, so many calories and judging by the way my abs feel on the next day, exercises my core. So all this has helped my health if not my manuscript revision.

I’ve also been reading quite a bit, and in my quest to relieve some of the monotony of my workouts have started listening to audio books — something that, as a voracious reader, I never thought I’d ever be into. One of the first audio books I listened to was So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, and though I really enjoyed it I think I would have enjoyed it more in print so that I could pay it the attention it deserved.

I’ve found that comedy works the best for distraction on my long runs, even if I do look like an idiot when I start laughing my head off for no apparent reason. I also find it easier if I’ve already read the book, so that it’s not such a big deal if I get distracted by something on my run and miss a paragraph or two.

I’ve even found that some books gain a new dimension when I listen to them on audio, something which surprised me. Gustavo Tiberius from How to be a Normal Person by TJ Klune, for instance, gains a lot emotional depth. There were a couple of passages that were much more heartbreaking when read out loud in the narrator’s deadpan style (or maybe it’s just the hormonal changes of menopause? Nah.)

Here’s a short list of some of my favorite audio books so far:

  • Anything by TJ Klune is worth hearing as an audio book. He just hits the right spot.
  • Glitterland by Alexis Hall almost made me pee my pants.
  • The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
  • Lock In by John Scalzi. I have the narration from Wil Wheaton

Now I’m going to hit publish before I get distracted by Twitter again and forget it…

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