As some of you might have noticed, this year has been about the audiobooks. I’m definitely in love with them and I think they have kept me sane of late. As a few of you know, I have been struggling since December 2014 with a new health issue (on top of my long-time little devil called kidney disease). Basically, my phosphorus blood levels are very low. The cause of this is yet undiagnosed, though I continue to undergo various tests. Phosphorus is used to make energy (ATP) for every cell of the body. It is also used by the red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the body. If low on phosphorus, then fatigue becomes a constant issue. Literally, I am low on batteries. Some days, it feels like batteries are not included at all.
This new health issue has completely reshaped my life and in some ways, made it smaller. The never-ending, crushing fatigue has been the biggest bear to wrestle. There are many things I have had to give up and one of them is eyeball reading. It is a complete struggle these days. Hence, my switch to nearly 100% audiobooks. I have been trying to adapt, struggling through a few nonfictions, a few graphic novels, and one mystery thriller. But it has been difficult even to read these few books this year. What concentration I can muster up for eyeball reading generally goes into my blogging because I really don’t want this blog to go by the wayside like so much else has.
So, with that, I want to say a big thanks to so many people – folks who read this blog, all the narrators, authors, publishers, and the folks at Audiobook Jukebox who have granted me for-review audiobooks, and my awesome husband. The book blogging community, along with other audiobook aficionados on Facebook and Paperbackswap, have helped to keep me sane and somewhat well socialized. While I rarely have the energy to go out and physically socialize these days, I enjoy all the book discussions on line. I don’t comment as often as I should. Just know that I am lurking. 😉
I entered some audiobook contests earlier this year and won far more than I expected. A big thanks to Tantor (contest was via the weekly audiobook newsletter AudaVoxx) and Highbridge (via the Audio Book Reviewer) for all the audiobooks! Then I also won a lovely pile of audiobook CDs from AudioGals. I review well over 100 books a year, so these will be put to good use.
I don’t know what my life will be like next year, but I expect I will continue to enjoy audiobooks. In time, with a diagnosis and treatment, I hope to return to eyeball reading, as well as all my other activities that I have had to shelve of late. Until then, anyone have a great audiobook recommendation?