About Me & GMB

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About Me


I have loved reading since I was young.  Being *cough*middle aged*cough*, audiobooks came later. My whole life, my Dad has been a reader.  He spends his free time sitting on the couch with a book.  As time has gone by and my siblings have grown, a family reunion might find half of us sitting around, each with our own book/ereader - perfectly content.


My mother isn't a big reader; but she is an amazingly patient woman who is willing to listen to us tell her all about our latest favorites.  She is even kind enough to say she would rather listen to me tell it than read it herself.


From: Accidentally Launching Myself into Cyberspace (Introducing Me & GMB Pt 1)


Why Audiobooks?


As I wrote in the previous post, I have always loved reading. I was the kid who was usually reading a book in class (thankfully I was pretty good at following along just enough to be able to answer questions when the teacher called on me). Or the one reading under the covers with a flashlight instead of sleeping (yes, I've really done that). Unfortunately, as we grow up it becomes harder to read when you are supposed to be doing something else.


I spent my earliest post-college years living in a big city and commuting on the bus. But reading on the bus made me really sick.  At the time, I owned a portable cassette walk-man and my library had a huge collection of books on tape.  I had trouble "reading" this way at first, but stuck it out and have been forever grateful that I did.  (Note: I will write about how I adapted to audiobooks in my next post in this series.)


I now have a 15 minute commute (round trip), but audiobooks have found their way into every area of my life. I listen while doing housework, exercising (hate it otherwise), running errands, doing boring stuff on the computer, crafting (crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching, etc), taking road trips or flying to visit family, etc. A year ago, I went on a solo cruise for a big birthday, and audiobooks let me sit & enjoy the beautiful water while also using my vacation to listen to some great books!


From: Married to my MP3 player: Why I Listen to Audiobooks (Introducing Me & GMB Pt 2)


Why I Include Content Warnings (Cautions)


Some people read anything; others have certain moral/religious standards which limit their choices; still others have traumas in their past that make reading some things difficult. Then there are those who just don't like certain stuff. As there are things I prefer not to read, for a variety of reasons, I understand people who like to know what they will be getting.


I firmly believe in the right to make an informed choice as to what you personally want to read. I don't believe that it equals censorship until you try to limit what someone else can choose to read. No "Caution" in my reviews should be seen as a judgement or statement of hate.


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