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How I read so many books

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I love reading and that I read a huge amount.

In fact, if you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that I share the 16 books I’ve read roughly speaking every 10 days.

Now, how do I read so many books? Well, I’m about to share that with you.

My name is Liz Scully. I am an absolute confirmed bibliophile. And here’s how I do it. It’s very simple. I listen to audiobooks.

Some time last year my vision was super affected. In fact for most of last year, probably for about 18 months, I could barely see at all. It’s much better now, but still reading text, fine detail, is still quite difficult.

And while I was at my absolute worse when I was really ill I was told by my doctors to not look at anything ‘specifically’. Obviously, they’ve never actually met any humans, what they said was just sit still don’t look at anything specifically.

Now, that meant no films which, as I worked in the film industry, that was devastating, no books, no theatre, no going outside because I kept falling over with my balance issues. So what I did instead was I began to listen to nothing but audiobooks.

Now, if you listen to audiobooks for 8 to 10 hours a day, which I was for the first few months, you get through a lot of audiobooks. I listen at double speed – it depends on the speed of the narrator – but I listen faster than 1. I worked in the film industry as an animator, I got used to checking audio with the lip syncing so I’m used to working at faster speeds.

But for everybody when you record an audiobook, all of my friends that are authors have told me, that when you record you’re told to speak much slower than usual. So speeding up to 1.25 or 1.5 brings you back to a normal speaking speed.

Now, I’ve listened to a lot of books and I’m regularly up to double speed, sometimes very occasionally I’m up to 2.5 on some people if they really take a long time to speak.

So, I listen to books all the time.

Now one of the lovely side issues of this is that there now feels, – now I’ve listened to so many – that there is now no difference between me listening to a book with my ears and reading it with my eyes. The only difference is that I can listen much faster than I can read with my eyes, which are still a bit iffy.

The other nice thing is that I can lie in the dark before I go to sleep and I’m not looking at that blue screen that’s keeping me awake or if I’m looking on a Kindle I don’t have to have the lights on. I can lie there absolutely in the dark with that childlike joy of being told a story. It’s beautiful.

This means that I can whiz through books very easily. I listen to them at night, I listen to them pretty much at any point in my day when I am not with another person and I’m not in the shower I am listening to books. So as I cook, all of my reading is obviously done like that, but absolutely everything I do, even when I’m exercising I’m listening to books.

Now this is how I listened to well over 500 books last year.

And it means that I can absorb information much more quickly. Because when you’re listening so fast you have to pay attention. It’s a really wonderful thing.

If you’re not listening to audiobooks, or it’s a while since you listened to them, I would strongly recommend that you check it out. Because there came a point after maybe two or three months where I’d listened to so many that I genuinely couldn’t tell the difference between reading with my eyes and reading with my ears.

So, that’s how I read so many. That’s how I am so freakishly informed about all sorts of strange things.

And that’s why I am so interested in what you are reading.

If you ever have a book suggestion, please let me know, hop over to Instagram, Rethink Central is the list and look for the #RethinkReading and you’ll find out exactly what I’m reading at the moment and I am very open to suggestions.

And if you have questions about your own business come along to one of my regular Q&A sessions. There’s a box below just drop your email in there. And it would be lovely to see you.

 

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