Asking Bookstagram: Listening to Audio Books

Hello everyone šŸ˜Š

For this month’s ‘asking bookstagram’ post I had SO MANY responses from all of my fabulous IG followers! I am just loving this monthly feature on my blog. It is such a fun time learning what people think about different topics!

This month the bookish question I asked everyone was……

Do you count listening to audio books as reading?

So I have never listened to an audio book before so I don’t really have much of an opinion on this. A part of me wants to say no, its not reading because you are not physically reading it with you eyes… BUT audio books are still books technically so really I suppose it can count as reading.

I know this is a controversial topic and I feel like people are either a hard yes or a hard no and not really in between šŸ˜‚ I am on the fence only because I’ve never listened to one before.. but perhaps I need to give it a go!

Responses from my wonderful friends:


I think audiobooks should definitely count as reading, you’re getting through a book and your spending the time to listen to it.


I count them! Books are books, you’re still putting all this time in listening to the book šŸ˜Š


Yessss!!! I never used to think so and then I realized some people can only do audio so definitely counts šŸ™ŒšŸ»


I don’t always listen to them but if I’m going on a long drive I will find one I like! I would absolutely count them, you are still taking the time to listen and absorb it. In my opinion they are still books šŸ˜Š


I count them but not towards my reading goal. They are surplus books that I review but wouldn’t add to my goodreads (at least not with a date).


I haven’t gone the audio route yet either… but interested as its a great way to pass time while driving. I don’t consider it reading though. Its listening. If you watch a movie adaption of a book would you say: oh I read that book on film? Doubt it šŸ˜ Either way, great entertainment and escape!


I used to not count audiobooks but for a lot of people (visual impairments or learning/reading disabilities for example) audiobooks are the way they usually read books! This changed my perspective and now I count audiobooks the same way šŸ˜Š


Absorbing words-however you may do that- is reading!!


I count them… but I only listen to non-fiction. Things that are more factual ad boring to read but interesting to listen to


I don’t listen to audiobooks either. I lean more towards the side of it not counting but I cant really judge since I don’t do it myself.

What do you think about audiobooks? Do they count as reading? Chat with me in the comments!


8 thoughts on “Asking Bookstagram: Listening to Audio Books

  1. How was I not already following your bookstagram? Just followed you!

    Discovering audiobooks has been a gamechanger for me. I definitely count them as reading, because as novel and tea mentioned, it is sometimes the only way people can read books. There have also been studies done that proved the brain is stimulated by in the same way, whether we are physically reading a book or listening to an audiobook, which I think is interesting!

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    1. That is so interesting!! I am very interested in audiobooks. I saw someone say that they go for walks and listen to an audiobook and that just seems like the most relaxing thing ever and I want a part of that in my life šŸ˜‚

      Any suggestions for an audiobook newbie??

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      1. If you enjoy nonfiction, I would start there because I know a lot of people prefer to read their nonfiction that way. Have you read Daisy Jones and the Six? The audiobook is fantastic! I also recommend The Dutch House- Tom Hanks is the narrator!

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      2. Oooo okay!! Super good suggestions! I do enjoy non fiction but it’s so boring to read sometimes šŸ˜‚

        I will check out Daisy Jones and the Six!! Ive heard its so good!


  2. I wish I could listen to audiobooks! I can just imagine all the books I could get through, but I tried it once and zoned out through half of it. I’ve heard it really helps when someone good is reading the book, but I’m not sure I could listen to the same voice or set of voices for an entire book. Daydreaming about being in the book is also one of my favorite past times, and that’s more complicated when listening to a book that I could never remember to pause so I can dream my way into and back out of it. But I so admire the readers who can listen to them and really get through all the books!

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    1. I totally agree! I haven’t tried an audiobook but I tend to zone out so I feel it would be difficult to really immerse myself!!

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  3. I actually just listened to my first audiobook this month and wrote a whole post about the experience. I’m a very visual learner, so for me audio was a bit of a struggle. But I know that there are people out there with the opposite problem; they’re auditory learners, and reading physical books is difficult for them.
    I think that since it’s the same words that the author wrote, just read out loud, it definitely counts! It’s the same thing as if you read the words on the page out loud yourself, except someone else is doing the reading!

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