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Diary of a Binge Listener

by Melissa Saneholtz

Reading has always been my escape from reality. My choice of fiction is anything that transports me to a different time or different world. Throw in a brooding vampire or alpha Fae, and I’ll surely binge-read the entire series. Or I would’ve at one time.

Confession: I have no time to read.

For a self-proclaimed bookaholic, this is one entirely depressing truth. I shudder even now, giving life to such blasphemy. But, between working full time during the day, and playing taxi to three highly athletic kids (they didn’t get that from me) every evening, I fall into my bed, face down, exhausted.

For a long time, I sulked about my predicament, choosing to wallow in self-pity rather than look for an alternative. One day, a wise friend pointed out that I work in the industry and should be more than aware of

audiobooks. Obviously, I was aware of them, but in truth, the thought of listening to someone’s voice was not appealing in the slightest. I tried a couple, but couldn’t help but cringe. It just didn’t work for me.

“CONFESSION: I HAVE NO TIME TO READ. FOR A SELF-PROCLAIMED BOOKAHOLIC, THIS IS ONE ENTIRELY DEPRESSING TRUTH.”

After more complaining about my lack of time, that same wise friend pointed me toward narrators Therese Plummer, and Caitlin Davies. Everything changed. The narrator made all the difference, and I quickly went down the audio rabbit hole. I haven’t crawled back out and I have no intentions of doing so. I found my escape in another form, and it’s made so many mundane chores enjoyable.

Chauffeuring, cooking, and folding laundry are no longer chores I loathe. I’ll find any excuse to pop in my earbuds or throw on my noise-canceling headphones (if you don’t have these, buy them!), to get in another chapter… or three.

The state of my house has never been better. I mean, I might even be able to invite people over thanks to Holly Black’s Folk of Air series (novellas not pictured) and House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig.

I rarely choose standalone books because when I get hooked on characters, I want more. Just like my days of reading on my Kindle, once I start I can’t stop, which means my house is extra clean during my binge listening periods. Lately, there has been no shortage of them. I’ve listened to every Folk of Air book by Holly Black and House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig in the past thirty days (over 40 hours of listening). After finishing House of Salt and Sorrows I decided I needed to go back to one of my all-time favorite books. I’d read them years ago, but wanted to try out the audio and they did not disappoint.

So, what’s my latest audio binge? The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking. It has everything I look for in any book form.

Hot magical creatures? Yes! Enemies-to-Lovers? Yep, and so much more!

My latest audio binge is the Trylle Trilogy — a series I read years ago and loved. Thankfully, they didn’t disappoint this time around and now my bathtub sparkles. (We’ll ignore the scorch marks, okay?!)

“YEP… I’M THAT THIRTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD, LIVING VICARIOUSLY THROUGH A TEENAGE HEROINE. AND GUESS WHAT, I’M OKAY WITH IT.”

Upon this delightfully bright, clean, and artfully designed desk that is definitely (not) in my house, is a phone playing book one from the Trylle Trilogy, Switched.

When I started listening to Switched (Book 1), I’d started a new Sunday ritual that included a bath, bubbly and a host of other relaxing essentials. Picture this… warm coconut bubble bath, candlelight, a bottle of Rosé, a facial mask, and my speaker drowning out all the noise my family is making on the other side of the bathroom door. I’m relaxed and enjoying the story that I’ve already read years ago and then a specific event occurs and it’s like I’m living reliving it.

The Rosé spills, water splashes over and I miss the next part over my voice crying out, “No way! She can’t do that!” Yep… I’m that thirty-eight-year-old, living vicariously through a teenage heroine. And guess what, I’m okay with it. This series, and all its twists, brings me joy. It makes me want to wake up and find myself in the land of trolls.

Despite the near fire I almost caused due to the unnecessary candle (it was 3 PM), I carried on listening until the water was cold and my hands were shriveled prunes. I don’t regret a thing.

Since Sunday I’ve managed to work my way through the first two books and I’m onto book three, Ascend.

I personally don’t love reviews because I don’t like spoilers. I want to live in the moment and feel it all. So, I won’t give you too much info on the Trylle trilogy aside from telling you that it’s twisty, magical, trollicious and too good to miss!

What’s on deck after I finish Trylle? I’m going to listen to A House of Dragons by K.A. Linde.

If you read Trylle or A House of Dragons, follow me @melissa on Book+Main and let me know what you think!

“THIS SERIES, AND ALL ITS TWISTS, BRINGS ME JOY. IT MAKES ME WANT TO WAKE UP AND FIND MYSELF IN THE LAND OF TROLLS.”

GUESS WHAT?!

You haven’t seen the last of Diary of a Binge Reader. Oh no, not when the staff here at Book+Main are voracious readers with a penchant for getting far too invested in books. Make sure you come back and visit the Book+Main Blog for more Diary of a Binge Reader coming soon!

About Mel

Melissa Saneholtz is mommy to three kiddos under the age of ten, a lover of audiobooks, Paranormal and Fantasy Junkie and professional collector of book paraphernalia. We’ll let her take it from here. Follow her @melissa on Book+Main!

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