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What’s the Best Way to Enjoy a Book? READING VS. AUDIOBOOKS
By reading, we can gain knowledge, better ourselves, and explore different worlds, which can be both eye-opening and relaxing. “
When the stars align, something amazing can happen: I get time to read a book. These rare instances usually fall on the weekend when I have the day away from work. As a parent and a business owner who runs two office locations, my book reading time is limited. I really have to look for opportunities to read. Mostly, these rare moments come after I’ve finally finished helping my kids with their homework and put them to bed. When I go to bed myself, I might have a little time to read, but I usually only get two pages in before I fall asleep. This is why I’m such a fan of audiobooks. When I’m in my car, working out at the gym, or on a run, I’m usually listening to an audiobook. I’m able to keep enjoying books even when I don’t have time to sit down and read. There’s some disagreement as to whether listening to audiobooks counts as reading. I think it does, and there’s some quality science to back it up. In 2019, researchers from the Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley published the results of a study about how our brains process written versus spoken words in The Journal of Neuroscience. The researchers found that the same cognitive and emotional areas of the participants’ brains were engaged, regardless of the medium being tested. Basically, if you like reading physical books, that’s great. And if you like listening to audiobooks, that’s also great. The important thing is to enjoy books.
“Shōgun” is one of my favorite books, and I’ve read or listened to all of Tom Clancy’s novels. Many of Clancy’s books were made into movies and TV shows. For the most part, these adaptations are pretty good, but trust me, the books are better. More recently, I finished the memoir “Shoe Dog” by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. This was a pretty interesting read that chronicled the history of Nike from its early struggles to its eventual success as one of the world’s biggest brands. One of the best books I’ve ever read is “Steve Jobs” byWalter Isaacson. This biography was written at the request of Jobs himself, but he asked for no control over the book beyond the cover. I recommend everyone read this book. Although Jobs might not have been the nicest guy, “Steve Jobs” captures a lot of the business magnate’s life and shows that by having a vision you believe in, you can make anything happen.
That’s the truly amazing thing about books. Few of us will ever have the opportunity to sit down and talk to someone like Steve Jobs, but many people like Jobs are the subject of excellent books. By reading, we can gain knowledge, better ourselves, and explore different worlds, which can be both eye-opening and relaxing. Read Across America Day is celebrated at the beginning of March each year. This is a great time to evaluate our reading habits and pick up something great to read next. And if you don’t have time to sit down with a book? That’s okay. Audiobooks are always a great option.
–Dr. Harrison Linsky
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