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May 13, 2016

Beyond the Books and Blog #ArmchairBEA

by Donna Huber

Beyond the Books

Until this year, I mostly read print or ebooks, with ebooks edging out the print slightly. However, this year, audio books are blowing the other formats out of the water.

The Widow
My current audio book
Probably the biggest contributing factor to that is last year I moved to a new office. I went from a cubicle to an office with four walls and a DOOR. I share the space with no one. Also my office phone rarely rings so I don't have to wear earbuds and I don't have to worry about many interruptions. So I'm listening to a lot of audio books while working.

I love that I can be entertained while getting my work done.

My library has a digital library where I can listen to audio books online for FREE. I get to catch up on some of my favorite authors or listen to the books I wouldn't find the time to read because my review pile is toppling.

I do have to say, that some books are better read than listened to though and I'm kind of selective of the books I will listen to. If the story has a huge cast of characters or switches time periods multiple times I usually find myself getting lost and not enjoying the book. I have to be careful with thrillers because some times I find myself sucked into the story and I forget I'm suppose to being working.

Beyond the Blog

I've been feeling my introvertness (is that a word?) lately. I did go to a book signing last month that was a lot of fun.

Instead I've been focusing on my Facebook page. I've also found myself striking up conversations with other people and when it turns to books I usually mention my blog.

Probably the biggest thing about going beyond the blog that I've done in the past year is the skills I've learned have made their way into my work. A little over a year ago I took on the publicity manager position at my job (actually I kind of pitched the position to the director and he said yes) so I keep up the website, write blog posts and press releases, and manage the social media. That position is only part-time so a little over a year ago I was offered an editorial assistant position with an academic journal (it's also part-time). So I get to use my proofreading skills.

Donna Huber, founder & publisher. Donna is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour. She reads most genres, but her favorite books are psychological thrillers and stories that highlight the survival of the human spirit against unbelievable circumstances. 

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  1. That's great that you can listen to audiobooks at work! Multitasking at its finest!

  2. I love my audiobooks and listen to them during my plan periods at work and while getting ready for work. They allow so much freedom and really make a book come alive if done well.

  3. That's fantastic that you can use the skills learned from blogging in a new job. I feel like I have learned a lot through blogging but it doesn't apply to my work - yet.