Hello! Could people please recommend me some short books and places to get audiobooks?
I used to be the kind of person who could easily devour four books a week. For a few reasons, I no longer am that person. It’s partly health related- years of my brain being a bugger and the medication for it has messed me up cognitively. These days, as well as I am, I am usually a bit dulled and, “Eh?” I can be a wee bit foggy, my memory is arse and now find long pieces of text frustratingly difficult to read and concentrate on. The only books I can read are ones I have read many times before. I keep dragging Robert’s inpenetratable tomes into the bathroom in the hope that a particularly vicious bout of the runs will force me to sit down and read them. Alas, not only have my bowels failed me but my brain has, too.
Another reason is just cultural- Monsieur Internet has really spoiled me and I, like many people, am used to reading short texts rather than long ones. If I have time to kill I can just whip out my phone and read Cracked, or find out who That Fella Was In That Film. (It was Yer Man).
But it is from being bored. It is mental chewing gum. You don’t get lost in HTML the way you do a book. Long novels are very daunting to me but I’d like to start slowly with shorter ones.
Audiobooks are good, too, as is non-fiction. Interesting stuff like sociology and feminism and health and culture interest me a lot. I’ve recently downloaded one- it was my second favourite childhood book, “Which Witch?” by Iva Ibbotson, which, as I recall and found it very comforting to rehear, was read by Prunella Scales. I recommend it, it’s still a wonderfully warm, witty, clever and extremely English book.
Anyway, recommendations welcome! I like most things! Thank you!