As an avid reader I found it increasingly difficult to read for pleasure once I became a full-time proofreader. You spend so much of your day either reading or writing that it is the last thing you want to do when you finish work. I was sad about this as I was used to snuggling up with a book in bed before sleep or hitting the sofa with a good read and a cat to cuddle. It reminded me of the time I worked as a cook and how that experience took away my love of cooking and baking for a time. It was only after I left that job that I found my love for cooking again. I didn’t want the same to happen with reading.
So, I turned to comics and graphic novels. I have always had an interest in them, reading Asterix and Tintin when I was younger and graduating to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Watchmen, and Saga. There is less writing in these so it is easier on the eyes and the artwork is always stunning, conveying more meaning in one panel than a thousand words ever could. I guess that old saying is true.
However, I’ve really missed my prose. After watching The Expanse on Netflix I was instantly hooked by the books but again my eyes and brain were too tired in the evening to fully enjoy the Rocinante’s missions or Chrisjen Aveserala’s wicked tongue. It was then I discovered audiobooks. I downloaded a free trial of Audible and listened to Book 5 of The Expanse series without missing a beat. Lying in darkness I could still follow the narrative and enjoy the prose as much as I would reading it. I listened to Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! on the BBC radio player giggling away at the antics of Ankh-Morpork’s Watch.
Now I can again enjoy books but without taxing my mind or eyes and I can relax with tales of far-off worlds before I go to sleep. I am so glad I found this workaround, I couldn’t imagine my life without novels, short stories, or tall tales.